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A course for the development of knowledge, skills and competences of science educators, nature guides and anyone interested in biodiversity.

Are you interested in the living world?
Do you want to know exactly what biodiversity means?
Do you want to know what threatens plants and animals on our planet?
Do you want to understand how climate change drives wildlife into extinction?

Earn your ECVET Certificate and Europass Diploma Supplement!

Free online course
Language: English

Course start: 7 January 2019

About the course

In three modules you will not only learn about biodiversity and climate change with the help of medicinal plants, amphibians and reptiles but also make your own inquiries following the Inquiry Based Learning methodology, towards understanding why we call our age the 6th wave of mass extinction of Earth’s biota.

Course modules

7 January - 31 March 2019: Online learning component

In the general module Biodiversity and Climate Change you will learn about biodiversity and its importance to the planet and to us, its inhabitants. You will investigate the causes of climate change and its consequences for biodiversity as well as other threats wiping species off the surface of Earth. You will discover how biodiversity is studied and why scientific collections are tremendous assets for research in taxonomy and other disciplines.

Duration:  6 weeks - 20 learning hours (3-4 h weekly commitment)

After successfully completing the general module, you can choose one of the case studies
Herpetofauna or Medicinal Plants.

In the Herpetofauna module you will learn about the ecological relevance of amphibians and reptiles, their use as indicator for environmental health, their potential in medicine, the causes of loss of the diversity of amphibians and reptiles and what this means for the environment and human life.

In the Medicinal Plants module you will study the diversity of plants and their habitats as well as the complexity of biogeography. You will learn how climate change and other threatening factors affect plant diversity. You will explore how plants serve as resource for humans, and discover that many plant species have potential for medicine.

Duration: 6 weeks - 20 learning hours (3-4 h weekly commitment)

20-24 May 2019: The attended learning component

20 participants who successfully completed the online part of the course will have the possibility to attend the Training on-the-job module. This module will include scientific collections-based and field sessions on the island of Crete, based upon the online learning component. Participants will have a first-hand experience with scientific collections and field work.
As the project is funded by ERASMUS+ and according to the directives, financing and participation in the field module is only eligible for learners affiliated with the project partner institutions.

Duration: 5 consecutive training days (40 learning hours)


Upon successful completion of the course you will receive the BIOTALENT ECVET* Certificate and the Europass Diploma Supplement, confirming the knowledge, skills and competences you gained.
* European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training
Online part: 4 ECVET points - Attended part: 4 ECVET points

What will you achieve?

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Registration deadline: 21 December 2018, Brussels time zone

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This course is an output of the BIOTALENT project funded by ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training*.

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