Testimonies, ECODIM 2012
During three intensive and challenging weeks at ECODIM 2012 I had the unique opportunity to be submerged into the fascinating (and new for me) microbial oceanography world, in an updated and integrated manner. It was really inspiring to extensively interact with top scientists in both, lectures and during lab work. Team research projects provided an excellent environment to develop technical and interpersonal skills with students from different countries. I also found very helpful for my future career the exciting discussions about the new perspectives and future research topics in microbial oceanography. ECODIM 2012 exceeded all my expectations and I really hope this course continues motivating and helping lots of students in the future.
Fernando Sorroche, Argentina
It was with a great enthusiasm that I submitted my resume for consideration for a position as student at Ecology and Diversity of Marine Microorganisms (ECODIM) and even more pleasant was when I got Monica Sorondo email saying that I had been chosen as ECODIM student. Currently, I am working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of Sao Paulo (IO-USP) developing a project entitled "Microbial diversity that regulates the flow of organic matter at the continental shelf of Southern Brazil" (CARBON). The ECODIM course greatly improved my skills in the microbial oceanography, a new field of research for me, mainly because I could be familiarized with the current techniques in ecology and of marine microorganisms. The background acquired during the course will greatly help me in my future perspectives as an independent researcher in a multidisciplinary group. For this reason I am sure this course was very important in my career in microbial oceanography. Besides I was expecting learn from the experts what happened, the atmosphere at the course was amazing. I made very good friends that. Being close to the professors was incredible and made the learning process more enjoyable, and why not say it, easier. I certainly recommend to any student who is interested in microbial ecology to apply to the next ECODIM.
Adriana Lopes Santos, Brazil
This is now my fourth participation as an instructor to the ECODIM course since 2006. It seems to be better every time, and I am really wondering how the next edition will be able to surpass this one, but it probably will. My first remark is that the level of the students is rising very sharply. I had already noticed that in 2010 but while in 2010, there were still a few students lagging behind (with a weaker theoretical background or with less mastering of English) this was not the case this time. This created therefore a very dynamic course with lots of exchange. I was really impressed by the eagerness of the students to learn and to communicate and their motivation, running experiments even in the middle of parties (and calling on me to help) ... Also it seems that with time the ratio of women/men is increasing and I think this is very beneficial to the course because women have much less ego problems leading to a much better and less formal atmosphere within each of the groups performing experiments. The second important factor is that small adjustments have been made (in particular by Kurt) in the course organization which leads to a much more balanced load of the work through the 3 weeks. In particular having the mini-symposium at the end of the first week is much better since it provides a first rendez-vous for everyone and the ensuing party helps to cement what has been crystallizing in the first week. Having the student papers delivered at the end of the second week also helps relieve pressure in the final week when finally results from experiments are coming. The field trips (to salt ponds and lagunas) were also an important element and I feel they should be renewed next time. Final point, as Osvaldo puts it, I think instructors really form now a closely bonded team, each one bringing its own competency but really working all together towards a unique goal. The two TAs Carla and Pancho have also been very important to create bonds. Living on the same place than the students (which was not the case in Dichato) is also critical because instructors and students are interacting on 24-hr (almost in some case) basis... My only regret is to have missed the final days of the course, but coming back to normal life after ECODIM has been very hard because of the incredible density and richness of the exchanges experienced..." Dr. Daniel Vaulot, France
ECODIM 2012 in the news
Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, P. Universidad Católica de Chile
Station Biologique de Roscoff, France
Diario El Sur, Sunday March 11, 2012
Laboratorio Internacional en Cambio Global
Noodls, Gateway to Facts
The mini Simposium Nitrogen fixation in aquatic environments: Strategies and Ecology will be held on Frinday, January 13th 2012, at the Main Campus of the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago.
Welcome to the 2012 International Postgraduate Course in Ecology and Diversity of Marine Microorganisms (ECODIM). This is an intensive 3-week course which is offered by the Austral Summer Institute XII (ASI XII), organized by the Department of Oceanography and the Center for Oceanographic Research in the eastern-South Pacific FONDAP COPAS, of the University of Concepcion.
The last version of ECODIM was held at the Marine Biological Station of the Department of Oceanography of the University of Concepcion, in Dichato, in January 2010. The Station was severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami that affected Central Chile on February 27, 2010.
ECODIM is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students and professionals in the areas of marine biology, ecology, environmental microbiology and related fields.
The focus of this course will be on how interactions between microorganisms and the marine environment shape biogeochemical processes in the oceans. The purpose is to provide an overview of the many facets of the exciting field of microbial ecology and diversity, as it relates to the role of marine microbes in the geochemical cycling of elements. The course aims to bring together various aspects of environmental, molecular and microbiological, as well as chemical and physical methodologies needed to approach questions of biogeochemical interest. At the course location we will emphasize on the marine environment, but will not exclude other interesting microbial ecosystems available at various sites in the Las Cruces area.
The course is limited to 15 students and selection will be on a competitive basis.