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Other Conferences and Courses

Other Freshwater Training Course Providers

MSc Courses

Other Short Courses

Other Conferences and Meetings

Other Freshwater Training Course Providers

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

CIEEM provide training in practical field and survey methods, and  specific methodologies for particular species. The Workshop Programme is now available from the website

Field Studies Council (FSC)

If you are interested in a longer course, the FSC offers a number of five day courses at several of its field centres across the UK. More information is available from the website.

MSc Courses

MSc in Aquatic Science

University College London
We would like to draw your attention to our MSc in Aquatic Science. Registration is now open for September 2013. The course can be taken full-time over 1 year or on a part-time basis over 2 years.

The MSc aims to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic environments from upland catchments to the coastal zone, encompassing lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, estuaries and shallow seas. Key features of the programme include the integration of aquatic ecology with hydrological and geomorphological aspects, analysis of sediment cores for the reconstruction of past aquatic environments, the design of monitoring programmes and the modelling of aquatic system behaviour. In addition, by linking with the MSc in Conservation, we aim to provide students with an up-to-date insight into key aquatic conservation issues including current ideas regarding the management, and restoration of aquatic ecosystems.
For further information on the MSc in Aquatic Science and the MSc in Conservation, please visit the following web pages:

MSc Aquatic Science

MSc Conservation

For further enquiries – please contact Post Graduate Admissions administrator Fiona Mannion at or tel: 0207 679 7579.

(Date posted: 18-January-2011)

MSc Aquatic Ecology by Research

Queen Mary, University of London
Part-Fees Bursaries are available to support promising young scientists

The majority of MSc programmes with an aquatic theme are based upon taught modules focusing on applied aspects of management. However, the rationale for offering the MSc Aquatic Ecology by Research (AER) is to provide a more comprehensive practical training by application in the laboratory or field, rather than by formal tuition in the lecture theatre. In essence then, AER melds both the UK and European models of MSc. The key element is the extended project which is designed to provide many the skills required to undertake further academic or applied research. Such projects are closely aligned to the current research topics of staff members of the Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment at Queen Mary, University of London.

For details please follow this link

For further information, please contact: Postgraduate Admissions Administrator, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS. email:

(Date posted: 23-May-2012)

MSc in Aquatic Resource Management

King's College London (KCL) and the University Marine Biological Station Millport (UMBSM) are offering a one year masters course.

The course is designed for those seeking vocational employment or research opportunities within the broad field of freshwater, estuarine and marine resources, their development conservation, regulation and management. A key feature of the course is the three month project placement (internship) within an organisation engaged in aquatic management or research.

The course has developed extensive links with the Environment Agency, other government agencies and departments, environmental consultancies and water utilities who provide a wide range of visiting lecturers in addition to placement opportunities. The course also has an outstanding employment record with over 90% of graduates gaining employment in the water management or research fields.

***NERC studentships and departmental bursaries available***

For details please visit: or email the course organiser

(Date posted: 01-May-2006)

International Aquatic Masters Programme (AMP) "Sustainable Management of Inland Aquatic Resources"

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

AMP is a 2-year Masters Programme which enables students with an appropriate B.Sc. qualification to continue and complement their studies to specialise in sustainable use of inland aquatic resources. The AMP is taught in English and no course registration fees are charged. The University of Jyväskylä, located in a rapidly growing and modern city in the lake district of Finland, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in the country with almost 16 000 students, including 660 international students.

Taught courses provide advanced training in the environmental and biological processes that determine the characteristics of inland waters and their ecological, economic and social value. Students learn how this scientific understanding can be applied to the effective management of inland waters. A core part of the AMP is the individual research project with associated courses and seminars, providing students with essential independent research skills.

For more information, and to apply, see the web site of the programme or contact the programme coordinator, Dr Timo Marjomäki,

(Date posted: 20-Dec-2012)

Other Short Courses

There are currently no short courses posted.

Other Conferences / Meetings

Aquatic Ecology Annual Meeting and Early Career Researcher Workshop

23th - 24th July 2015
Charles Darwin House, London. UK

THURSDAY, JULY 23 BESAG Early Career Researcher workshop - Marxan workshop: Dr Bob Smith, University of Kent
This workshop is designed for people who want to learn more about systematic conservation planning using Marxan, which is the most widely used approach for designing protected area systems and other ecological networks. The workshop will consist of: (a) an introduction to developing systematic conservation planning systems; (b) an introduction to simulated annealing and the Marxan conservation planning software, and (c) exercises on using Marxan and the QGIS plugin CLUZ to identify priority areas for conservation. Register for this workshop ONLY here: .
Participants should bring a laptop running QGIS, and have basic familiarity with QGIS use.

Leading aquatic ecologists will present their most recent findings and outline their priorities for future research. Confirmed speakers to date include, Richard Battarbee (University College London), Andrew Beckerman (University of Sheffield), Isabelle Durance (Cardiff University), Alex Dumbrell (University of Essex), Ian Donohue (Trinity College, Dublin), Becca Kordas (Imperial College London), Mark Emmerson (Queen’s University Belfast), Dave Raffaelli (University of York), Camille Parmesan (Plymouth University/ University of Texas at Austin) Lee Brown (University of Leeds) and Simon Jennings (Cefas/ University of East Anglia). Time will be set aside for discussion during the meeting and there will also be ample opportunity for networking and a social mixer on Thursday evening. Registration to attend the Annual Meeting is:

- See more at:

(Date posted 08-July-2015)

2015 Crayfish Conference

17th – 19th August 2015
Giggleswick, North Yorkshire
Website: Fifth National Crayfish Conference

The Fifth National Crayfish Conference will be held at Giggleswick in the Yorkshire Dales on 17 - 19 August 2015.  During the 5 years since the last conference, populations of native white-clawed crayfish have continued to decline across much of The British Isles, whilst the range of American signal crayfish continues to consolidate and expand.  Almost uniquely in Europe, Ireland currently remains free of invasive non-native crayfish.  Crayfish provide valuable case-studies of aquatic invasion, the challenges of management of non-native species and the conservation of native species faces with a range of environmental and biotic threats.

Traditional area-based conservation designations are failing to halt the decline of native crayfish, and in 2010 white-clawed crayfish was reclassified as “Endangered” on IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species.  At the same time, American signal crayfish continue to be found in new areas, and additional INNS crayfish continue to be found in the wild.  Over the last 5 years, there has been growing evidence of the broader ecological and financial impacts of invasive non-native species, and INNS crayfish in particular.  Partly as a result of this, biosecurity is becoming an ever more important consideration, and Defra has introduced the Check-Clean-Dry campaign.

The EU has been working towards the development of a Strategy on Invasive Alien (Non-native) Species since 2008.  In 2014, The European Parliament agreed plans to prevent the introduction or halt the spread of invasive alien species.  New domestic legislation has been introduced in Ireland and Scotland, and the recent Law Commission review of wildlife law is expected to result in the most significant reform of species protection legislation in England and Wales since the creation of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in 1981.

The 2015 Crayfish Conference will bring together a broad range of researchers, practitioners, regulators and conservationists.  Whether you are interested in crayfish in particular, or the issues related to crayfish conservation and INNS invasion in general, this will be an unmissable national conference.   Based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales within easy reach of a range of informative excursions, this will certainly be a highlight of the summer.

Scientific Committee:
Julian Reynolds, David Holdich, Paul Stebbing, Alison Dunn, Stephanie Peay, Paul Bradley, Ian Marshall

Organising Committee:
Stephanie Peay, Paul Bradley, Ian Marshall, Adam Ellis, Jen Nightingale, Elizabeth Judson

(Date posted 16-September-2014)

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