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Nematodes as Environmental Bio-Indicators

Target group

Members of the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and of (Bioscience) Engineering, Ghent University; PhD students from other universities


All PhD students


On 5th and 6th of July 2012 the 2nd International Symposium on Nematodes as environmental bio-indicators (2ISNEB) will be organized by the Department of Biology at Ghent University, under the auspices of the Association of Applied Biologists (UK).

Taking advantage of this opportunity and the presence of world-specialists in the field, a two-day PhD Summer School will be organized. It will provide an in-depth programme covering the main fundamental and applied aspects of the use of nematodes as successful environmental indicators, and will also include some practical exercises.

Provisional programme

The specialized course will  start the day prior to the commencement of the 2ISNEB symposium, taking advantage of the two-day symposium and the lectures of keynote speakers as part of the course. Students will avail from the other symposium presentations as well. Finally, there will be a second day of lectures and practical sessions following the symposium.


4 July 2012

10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:30 Welcome and introduction Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte, Tom Moens
Analyses of nematode assemblages - morphology based Wilfrida Decraemer, Nic Smol

Ecological indices - scientific problems and introduction to the practical exercise Tom Moens, Peter Nagy, Jan Vanaverbeke
Coffee break

Practical design and analysis of bio-monitoring sampling schemes and experiments Jan Vanaverbeke, Peter Nagy, Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte, Tom Moens

5 and 6 July 2012



7 July 2012

8:30-10:30 Applications of molecular tools in analyses of nematode assemblages Hans Helder, Roy Neilson
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Nematode gene expression in response to an environmental change Ralf Menzel, Stephen Sturzenbaum
12:00-13:00 Lunch
Laboratory nematode toxicity assays Sebastian Höss, Tom Moens
14:00-16:00 Laboratory nematode toxicity assays: practical problems Sebastian Höss, Tom Moens
Coffee break

Commercialisation potential of nematodes as bio-indicators
Sebastian Höss
Discussion on highlights and novelties of the symposium, final discussion, conclusions and future prospects
Sebastian Höss, Tom Moens, Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte



Number of participants



Campus De Sterre (S8), Krijgslaan, Gent

Credits (Doctoral Training Programme 60 ECTS)


Evaluation criteria (Doctoral Training Programme)

Presence and active participation

Registration fee

50 EUR
Bank account: BE59390096580026 - SWIFT: BBRU BE BB 900
Reference number: 1/118465

Registration procedure

To register, send an e-mail to (mentioning your name, first name, student number, Doctoral School, Department, University, course title). Your registration will be confirmed by e-mail.