Molecular Systematics Course, March 2002

Sue Hamilton S.M.Hamilton at
Fri Feb 1 14:49:36 EST 2002

Anneliders - for those of you who missed this last year and any new 
subscribers, this may be of interest to some of you.  Please also 
circulate around your molluscan mates, crustacean colleagues or folk 
with other phylletic fascinations.  

The purpose of The Centre of Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology 
(CMBB) at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh is to establish a unit for 
molecular genetic analysis of marine organisms that could be applied to 
taxonomic problems, monitoring marine pollution and biotechnical 
exploitation of naturally occurring substances.  

Recently advances in molecular genetics has opened new avenues of 
approach to traditional taxonomic studies based on anatomy and 
morphology and it is clear that the power of molecular genetic techniques 
is being increasingly appreciated by zoologists and botanist working with 
marine flora and fauna.  

The CMBB is offering a 2 1/2 day course aimed at people who are 
engaged in taxonomic work but who are not familiar with these 
techniques. Participants need not have previous knowledge of the subject 
as the course will provide both a basic theoretical grounding together with 
instruction in practical techniques. The course will run from Monday 25th 
to midday Wednesday 27th March 2002, with Registration on Sunday 
24th.  The costs are:- tuition and bench fees - £250, Accomodation and 
meals (3 nights) £150, additional nights (B & B only) £36/night.  The 
course is aimed at anyone who needs to extend their taxonomic 
capability beyond traditional morphological and anatomical approaches. 
These may include taxonomists working in museums, water authorities, 
Government Laboratories, consultancies and analytical laboratories, 
research Institutes or Universities.   

The closing date for registration is 28th February.  If anyone is interested 
in attending this course and would like further information and a 
registration form, please contact Dr. P. F. Kingston at 
P.F.Kingston at  

Sue Hamilton
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Phone +44 (0) 131 449 5111 Ex 4667
S.M.Hamilton at

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