Short Courses

 

We have a selection of 10 excellent short courses. During registration all meeting participants are able to select their top three courses from the list. A short motivation (up to 1000 characters) of why you are interested in taking your first choice (as space will be limited for each course) is required. Course descriptions are available below.

Please note that the course “Environmental Risk Assessment in REACH” has been cancelled – do not select it during registration!



COURSE TOPIC 1:

HIGH PERFORMANCE LIGUID CHROMATOGRAPHY/MASS SPECTROMETRY

Duration: 8h (4h + 4h)

Participants of this course will attend two lectures, together with participants of the GC/MS course, followed by a separate lab practical instruction.

Lecturers will present new trends in mass spectrometry and determining concentrations of Microcystin-LR, a cyanobacteria byproduct. As a case example we will discuss how this technology was used to assess a recent ecological problem of Microcystin-LR contamination to drinking water in Serbia. Participants of this course will have an opportunity to work hands-on to determine Microcystin-LR concentrations in water samples.

At the end of the course, a joined discussion of results will be organized for participants of the HPLC/MS and GC/MS courses.

Course instructors: Dr Gorica Vukovic, from Institute of Public Health from Belgrade will give a lecture about Microcystin-LR determination. Darko Stevanov-Pavlović, from DSP Chromatography, a company that is the Agilent Technologies representative in Serbia, will give a lecture on new trends in mass spectrometry.

Lab practice will be coordinated by Miloš Pešić, Chemistry Lab coordinator at Petnica Science Center.

 

COURSE TOPIC 2:

GASS CHROMATOGRAPHY/MASS SPECTROMETRY

Duration: 8h (4h + 4h)

Participants of this course will attend two lectures, together with participants of the HPLC/MS course, followed by a separate lab practical instruction.

Lecturers will present new trends in mass spectrometry and determining concentrations of Microcystin-LR, a cyanobacteria byproduct. As a case example we will discuss how this technology was used to assess a recent ecological problem of Microcystin-LR contamination to drinking water in Serbia. Participants of this course will have an opportunity to work hands-on to determine concentrations of selected pesticides using different sample preparation techniques.

At the end of the course, a joined discussion of results will be organized for participants of the HPLC/MS and GC/MS courses.

Course instructors: Dr Gorica Vukovic, from Institute of Public Health from Belgrade will give a lecture about Microcystin-LR determination. Darko Stevanov-Pavlović, from DSP Chromatography, a company that is the Agilent Technologies representative in Serbia will give a lecture on new trends in mass spectrometry.

Lab practice will be coordinated by Miloš Pešić, Chemistry Lab coordinator at Petnica Science Center.

 

COURSE TOPIC 3:

ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETRY

Duration: 8h (4h + 4h)

INTRODUCTORY LECTURE

    • Spectroscopic analysis
    • AAS principles
    • Flame AAS and graphite furnace
    • Sample treatment
    • New analytical methods
    • Specific applications
    • Improving precision and accuracy
    • Data analysis


HAND-ON LAB PRACTISE

Participants will work on preparation of different sample types for the AAS analysis and will have an opportunity to work on a Thermo AAS device installed in the Chemistry lab of Petnica SC. Content of several elements in different sample types, prepared by using different preparation techniques will be analyzed, and obtained data will be discussed.

Course instructors: Department of Chemistry team at Petnica SC.

 

COURSE TOPIC 4:

X-RAY FLUORESCENCE SPECTROMETRY

Duration: 8h (4h introductory lecture+ 4h demonstrations in the lab)



INTRODUCTORY LECTURE ON X-RAY FLOURESENCE (4 hours)

    • What is nondestructive analysis?
    • Atom and valence electron signals – X-rays – Gamma-rays
    • Corpuscular induced and X/γ-ray induced fluorescence
    • Difference between SEM-EDX/WDX and X-ray fluorescence
    • Wavelength dispersive (WDXRF) and energy dispersive X- ray fluorescence (EDXRF)
    • Qualitative, quantitative analysis and “standardless” analysis
    • Limit of detection

 

DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE LAB

    • Sample preparation (pressed pellets and binders + cast pellets or glass beads)
    • Lab procedures
    • Qualitative analysis
    • Interferences
    • Different matrices - different results
    • Desktop and handheld instruments


Course instructors: Lectures will be given by Dr Ivan Gržetić, professor at University of Belgrade – Faculty of Chemistry. Demonstrations in the lab will be held by Konstantin Ilijević, Teaching assistant at University of Belgrade – Faculty of Chemistry.

 

COURSE TOPIC 5:

CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY

Duration: 8h (4h introductory lecture + 4h hands on in the lab)



INTRODUCTORY LECTURE ON CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY

    • Principles of confocal microscopy
    • Comparison of fluorescent/confocal microscopy
    • Fluorescence/autofluorescence
    • Fluorescent stainings


HANDS ON LAB PRACTICE

All participants will have an opportunity to work on an Olympus confocal microscope. Students will create 2D and 3D images as well as 3D models of different types of samples including pollen grains, algae and diferent plant and animal tissue.

Course instructors: Course will be given by Dr Milica Markelić, assistant professors at Chair of Cell and Tissue Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

Hands on lab practise will be coordinated by Tomica Mišljenović, Head of Department of Biology at Petnica Science Center


 

COURSE TOPIC 6:

PREVENTING COMMON LAB ERRORS

Duration: 8h (4h + 4h)



The main aim of this training course is to demonstrate how simple things in everyday lab practice can lead to false experimental results. Students will learn how to account for these errors during their lab work in order to minimize the impacts of these errors on their research.

Topics that will be covered include pipetting, pH measurements, weighing out chemicals, equipment calibration, time and temperature measurement dependences, and statistics. The training will consist of a lecture, discussions, and hands-on lab practice. Different kinds of experimental data will be shown and discussed to emphasise how important the quality of measurement is in obtaining quality data.

Course instructor: The training is organized by Dr Tatjana Verbić, Assistant Professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade.

 

COURSE TOPIC 7:

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Duration: 8h (4h introductory lecture + 4h hands on in the lab)



INTRODUCTORY LECTURE ON NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY:

    • Introduction to scientific and nature photography
    • How to use digital cameras
    • Types of objectives
    • Light/lightning
    • Exposure
    • Composition


PRACTICAL WORK

Depending on weather conditions, participants will spend some time around Petnica Science Center with free time to take nature photographs of the surrounding scenery. Participants will also practice to take pictures of artifacts and items in an indoor lab setting. Crucial techniques of scientific photography will be demonstrated. Images taken during the course will be analyzed and discussed as a group.

Course instructor: Ryszard Laskowski, Head of the Ecotoxicology and Stress Ecology Research Group at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Ryszard Laskowski teaches a course in Nature Photography at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

 

COURSE TOPIC 8:

GIS APPLICATIONS FOR ENV. SCIENTISTS

Duration: 8h


    • GIS basic facts
    • GIS and open source
    • Scale and map projections
    • Creating maps
    • Map analysis and data analysis
    • Visualizations
    • GIS applications in environmental management (case studies)


The course will cover a vide variety of GIS related topics from basic facts to GIS applications in environmental management with many practical examples, a case study and hands-on experience. Participants will use diferent open source GIS platforms to analyze data.

Course instructor: a team of Petnica Science Center associates with background in biology, geology and environmental science

 

COURSE TOPIC 9:

ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT IN REACH



Please not that this course has been cancelled.

 

COURSE TOPIC 10:

TALKING SCIENCE: GREAT RESEARCH DESERVES A GREAT PRESENTATION (HOW TO DELIVER GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS)

Duration: 8h (4h + 4h)


A short summary of the course given by the instructor:


You design a project. Find funding. Do the experiments. Do them again because something went wrong. Collect & analyze the data. Write a paper and get it published. Celebrate with your colleagues and non-sciency friends who only sort of understand how huge this is. By then, you will have summarized, presented, described, defended, and just chatted about you work dozens of times with hundreds of people. While giving a bad talk may not make your research any less great, you may end up with fewer collaborators, less funding, fewer citations, fewer jobs offers, and fewer interesting meetings like YES at fun places like Petnica.

During this course we will cover a full range of situations where you will have to present your research, from lab meetings to conference talks, posters, and all the way to dealing with journalists and your uncle who still doesn't really understand why you don't have a real job. The emphasis will be on science meetings and not on family dinners, but the concrete examples of good, bad, and ugly practices we'll discuss can be universal. Key topics include body language, humor, rhythm and pace, and making connections to real and science worlds.

In addition to getting rid of unnecessary animations, excess words, and scary questions, I will tell you what I know about these and other essential presentation skills, but much of the 8 hours will be about you actually presenting, sharing techniques, discussing and analyzing how you talk science.

Course instructor: The training is organized by Dr. Dusan Misevic, researcher in evolutionary biology and scientific coordinator of "Frontiers in Life Science" bachelor program, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France.

 

COURSE TOPIC 11:

CONDUCTING REGULATORY AQUATIC ECOTOXICOLOGY STUDIES (WORKING IN A REGULATORY TESTING ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO GLP)

Duration: 8h

A short summary of the course given by the instructor:

Many industry sectors (agrochemical, pharmaceutical, veterinary medicine) require regulatory testing to demonstrate environmental safety of their products. This includes, if appropriate, aquatic ecotoxicity testing with organisms such as crustacean, algae, and fish. Submitted to the appropriate regulatory authorities, these studies often follow internationally approved test methods (OECD, USEPA, ASTM) and must comply with strict quality systems such as Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). Compliance with such standards assures the regulatory authorities that the data submitted are a true reflection of the results obtained, and can therefore be relied upon when making risk assessments.

The course will address current GLP principles, and will also make reference to other international test guidelines and regulations. Through practical exercises delegates will develop the knowledge and skills to interpret the guidelines, avoid common pitfalls, gain a clear understanding of the recording required, and subsequently produce valid study reports. In broader terms, delegates will obtain an insight into conducting studies of high scientific quality whilst working in a commercial environment.

Course instructor: This course is organized by Jessica Elphinstone Davis, Research Ecotoxicologist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Sciences (CEFAS) located in Dorset, UK. Jessica has several years of regulatory testing experience and will share her insights on the concepts and requirements for conducting research in a regulatory setting.

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