Bringing the Ocean to Society
18 Dec 2019
IOC Training Course and Certification on Identification of Harmful Marine Microalgae
Registration deadline is 1 Apr 2020.

The EurOcean Cooperating Member UNESCO IOC is pleased to inform you that the period for applications for the IOC Training Course and Certification on Identification of Harmful Marine Microalgae is open between 12 December 2019 and 1 April 2020.

All information, including a course flyer, can be found following the UNESCO/IOC link https://www.oceanexpert.net/event/2581. 


Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses on harmful microalgae. The purpose has been to improve the taxonomic and identification skills of the participants for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.

Course description: The course includes 100 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts.

1) The first part of the course is a distance learning programme giving general introductions to the various groups of harmful algae. This part is mainly for self-study and estimated to 40 hours of reading and will be available on IOC's e-Learning Platform OceanTeacher, around 2 months in advance of the practical workshop.

2) The second part is a practical course in species identification including 2 optional workshops in enumeration and culture techniques. It may be possible to participate in both workshops, or alternatively spend the time examining mixed samples from various geographical regions and/or own samples. Part 2) includes 60 hours of teaching and a microscope will be available to each participant during the entire period.

The IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, University of Copenhagen, Denmark is organizing the course. The course is organized on a cost-recovery basis: for course fee details check https://www.oceanexpert.net/event/2581.


  • Dr. Heléne Annadotter,
  • Dr. Santiago Fraga, 
  • Dr. Jacob Larsen, 
  • Dr. Nina Lundholm, 
  • Professor Øjvind Moestrup.

A Certificate of Proficiency will be issued to all participants who score at least 70% on the final exam.

Target Audience

The course is aimed at participants who have some years of practical experience in identification of microalgae.

NOTE: UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore, applications from women are strongly encouraged. 

Application process:

Please fill in the online application form on https://bit.ly/36pkLfk no later than 1 April 2020. Do not leave for the last minute since the system will close automatically. In case you have any questions please contact the organisers well in advance: given time differences you may not get a reply to your questions immediately.

In case of questions please contact:

always indicating as subject the course name.

For further information please email ioc.training@unesco.org