Universität Wien

300145 UE Developmental biology of marine invertebrates in Villefranche-sur-Mer (2020S)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 10 participants
Language: German, English



Premeeting and selection on 05.03.2020 at 2 pm in SR of the Technau group, 2.077, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien
Course: 18.05.2020 - 29.05.2020 in Villefranche sur Mer Observatoire océanographique


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this practical course at the Marine Station in Villefranche / Cote d'Azur, we will address questions of developmental biology of marine invertebrates available at the station (cnidarians, polychaetes, sea urchins, urochordates). The development will be studied by manipulation of key signaling pathways, followed by phenotypic and molecular analysis. In addition, we will benefit from the exceptional fauna in the plancton around Villefranche and we will examine samples of plancton and determine larvae and species of various animal groups. Teaching is in English, since most instructors are not german speaking. As prerequisite, the student should have accomplished the VO "Einführung in die Entwicklung der Tiere" or the VO "Molecular developmental biology" in the bachelor of Zoology or Molecular Biology tracks. The course is restricted to 10 students.

Assessment and permitted materials

The student will get an understanding of the development of several marine model species (sea urchin, ascidians, hydrozoans) and do experiments investigating the regulation of developmental processes and of body plans. They aquire an understanding of hte biodiversity of planctonic life.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The student will give a seminar presentation about a selected topic in Vienna (25%). The performance of the student during the course is evaluated (25%). The student will write up a report (50%). The course is subsidized by the Faculty of Life Sciences. The student contribution for the course is 250 EUR per student, which includes the lab fee and the lodging at the Station.

Examination topics

The seminar must give a proper overview on the given topic in a 10-20 min oral presentation. The report should have the format of a scientific paper and be written in English.

Reading list

The student is expected to read the relevant literature related to the topic of the course experiments. A minimal list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Association in the course directory

MZO 2, MGE II-2, MES 5

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