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OTGA/ESPOL/CENAIM: SIRENA Phycology Short Course (Seaweed diversity: an Ecuadorian perspective (Tropical East Pacific) )



Course format Online
Date 2020-12-14 - 2020-12-18
Entry level Bachelor
Cost Free

To ensure food and job security, food production systems need to be innovated so that they protect the environment, mitigate climate change and become more climate-resilient. This is an opportunity for seaweed culture which captures nutrients and CO2, and does not need freshwater or fertilizers. In Ecuador, edible seaweed is being produced by small farmers, but a sustainable biomass valorization strategy is missing. Moreover, a good knowledge of the existing seaweed species is still lacking. This course offers an introduction to the diversity, taxonomy and biogeography of the seaweeds of the Tropical East Pacific (Ecuador), in the framework of the project Seaweed-based innovations for a resilient aquaculture and agriculture (SIRENA funded by VLIR-UOS).

Application procedure

Period for Applications: 12 November – 2 December 2020. Please fill in the online application form on no later than 2 December 2020 (midnight CEST)


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(Online) Seaweed diversity: a Ecuadorian perspective (Tropical East Pacific) 
OTGA/ESPOL/CENAIM SIRENA Phycology Short Course, 14 - 18 December 2020

Note: Priority will be given to participants originating from Latin America. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants will:

  • know the scientific terminology used in the fields of phycology.
  • recognize and know the most important groups of algae as well as their main biological (morphological) and ecological characteristics.
  • have an understanding of how the current concepts of the evolution of algae have changed mainly through the use of genetic data during the last decades.
  • understand the importance of algae and protists for the functioning of coastal ecosystems, and their potential for applied research (food & feed, energy, biomolecules).  

Learner Assessment

Learners will be assessed through quizzes and other exercises throughout the course. A course certificate will be issued to all participants who have attended all sessions and attained not less than 70% success in the assignments.


This course is designed for researchers, students, professionals and/or policy makers working on and/or interested in seaweed.

The participants need to have a basic knowledge of marine sciences, biology and/ or aquaculture (BSc level) and proven experience working with seaweeds.

An intermediate level of Spanish and English (min. B1) is required.



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