Training program in Entomology (special. Diptera Syrphidae), emphasis on collection management and bioindicator use

Description of project
Syrphidae, commonly called hoverfly, is a large family of Diptera: more than 6000 species has been described in world fauna. Hoverflies are well known for imitating wasps, bees or bumblebees. Syrphid adults can be particularly common in field and they can be easily see on flowers looking for nectar and pollen. Their larvae show a large differentiation in trophic habits: some are predators mainly on aphids, some phytophagous, some are saprophagous in eutrophic water or in dead woods. Aphidophagous Syrphids are considered as one of the main predator in controlling these pests: this explain the large interested developed around the presence of this insects in agroecosystems. Several researches underline the importance of Syrphidae as bioindicators in environmental  evaluation and since ’90 a method, called Syrph the Net, has been developed to standardize the use of hoverflies as bioindicators.

Field work during the 2015 training.

Duration of training
1 week (5 days from Monday to Friday)

Training period
04-08 July 2016

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students as well as early career researchers

Practical experiences
- Sampling and preserving techniques
- Identification of specimens to genera and species.
- Hoverfly rearings
- Application of Syrph the Net in environmental evaluation
- Geospatial management of data with software ESRI ArcView

- General information about Syrphidae
- Morphology of adult and larvae of Syrphidae
- The use of bioindicator to evaluate habitat state of conservation
- Hoverfly as bioindicator with particular reference to Syrph the Net
- The role of Syrphidae in aphid control.

Maximum number of trainees: 10
A minimum of 4 participants is required

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Daniele Sommaggio – Dr. Carla Corazza

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
Stazione di Ricerca Ecologica
Via De Pisis, 24, I-44100 Ferrara, Italy

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Participants will be required to perform a final test for the assessment of the abilities gained during the training.
Upon successful completion, participants will receive a 'Certificate of Attendance'.

Registration fee
€ 100 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 May 2016.
Click here for the registration form. Closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

The Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Ferrara and the Municipality of Ferrara are offering financial support to attend this training course:
- 2 trainees will receive a grant to waive the costs of the registration fee and accommodation in a residence managed by the Municipality of Ferrara with check-in Sunday and check-out  Saturday.
In addition, DEST is also offering two grants to waive the registration fee cost.



Funding procedure
A rank ordered list of all applications will be developed by the DEST selection panel.  Selection criteria for funding will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training for the applicant’s career. The 1st and the 2nd trainee on the list will receive a grant to waive both the registration fee and the accommodation costs in Ferrara, whilst the 3rd and 4th trainee on the list will receive a grant to waive the registration fee cost.

Granting priority will be given to trainees living and studying/working in Low-income economies, Lower-middle-income economies or Upper-middle-income economies (classification of the World Bank, see list of eligible countries). But, if the applicant’s curriculum does not meet the selection criteria or if no one applies from those countries, the grants will be made available to people coming from other countries. 

ForBio travel grants

These grants enable ForBio members to attend this training. More info here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith