February 15-16, 2017 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal



This course aims to:

  • describe the value of museums in the 21st century;
  • present the ways that ‘voucher specimens’ of birds and mammals are prepared (that follow long-standing traditions);
  • discuss state-of-the-art ‘whole specimen’ techniques including Cornell specialities such as CT scanning and sound recording;
  • consider how museum specimens provide genetic and genomic resources.





DAY 1. February 15, 2017

09.30 - 12.30 | Value of museums in the 21st century and current methods for preparing specimens, followed by discussion

14.30 - 17.30 | Practical session preparing voucher specimens


DAY 2. February 16, 2017
09.30 - 12.30 | Museum specimens as a genetic and genomic resource, followed by discussion
14.30 - 17.30 | Practical session preparing voucher specimens



Jeremy Searle, Cornell University (USA)
Vanya Rohwer, Cornell University (USA)




The course will be open to a maximum number of 15 participants.
Priority will be given to:

  • 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
  • PhD students attending other courses;
  • Other post-graduate students and researchers.



Registration deadline: February 12, 2017.

Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students and InBIO researchers* | 50 € (students) / 100 € (other participants). Does not include lunch nor coffee breaks.

* Obligatory to submit a motivation letter.

To register, please send an e-mail accompanied by your short CV (max. two A4 pages) to post.graduation@cibio.up.pt. Please refer your status (PhD student, MSc Student, Other) and the University to which you are affiliated.