The iDiv Summer School 2020 is cancelled!

Due to the current situation, the iDiv Summer School 2020 had to be cancelled! We hope to offer the summer school in 2021.

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) will conduct its sixth summer school “Pollination Ecology” from 6-11 July 2020 in Leipzig, Germany.

Instructors include: Prof. Tiffany Knight, Amibeth Thompson, Dr. Demetra Rakosy, Dr. Reinart Feldmann, Elena Motivans, Valentin Stefan and Aizhan Ilyassova.

During the six summer school days, participants will be immersed into the field of pollination ecology with lectures, computer labs using the programming language R, fieldwork, plant and insect identification, and data analysis (Species Accumulation Curves, Linear Regression, NMDS, Network Metrics). In addition, students will have opportunities to attend iDiv Seminars and exchange with iDiv researchers.

The summer school aims to attract early career scientists (bachelor, master, or PhD level) from around the world with an overall interest in pollination ecology and interest in fieldwork.

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The course will introduce the study of plant-pollinator interactions and teach students how to collect data on plant-pollinator networks in the field and to perform analyses in order to assess the structure and dynamics of these networks. Fieldwork will be conducted in small groups guided by instructors. The data collected will be analyzed in order to identify pollinating insects (Hymenoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera) to broad taxonomic groups and determine the structure of the plant-pollinator visitation networks for different communities of co-flowering plant species. One goal of the summer school is to work on a collaborative manuscript examining how the structure of plant-pollinator interactions changes across gradients of land use (agricultural and urban).

A colorful side program for social activities with a sightseeing tour of Leipzig and BBQ will be offered to allow time for networking and having fun.

Date and venue

The summer school takes place from 6 to 11 July 2020 at iDiv, which is located at the BioCity Leipzig. The site has good transport connections to the immediate vicinity of the university’s natural science campus.

The address is BioCity Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5, 04103 Leipzig


As course fee, all participants are expected to pay EUR 165. This covers the costs of teaching and materials, coffee breaks and lunch, the cultural programme, and the accommodation. All participants will be provided a single room in a two-room apartment in the city center (Apartment Central) from 5-12 July (7 nights).

Participants are generally asked to cover the costs of their trip and any meals (except when included as part of the summer school programme).

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