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Darwin School 2012
Darwin School on Biogeosciences 2012

Utrecht and Texel, the Netherlands

1-13 July 2012

The second edition of the Darwin Summer School will give you an update on the state-of-the-art research within the field of Biogeosciences. Main subjects will be ocean acidification, the carbon cycle, microbial ecology, biomarkers, terrestrial carbon cycling and climate reconstructions, in the past, present and future. The aim is to understand the functioning of global, regional and local ecosystems, focusing on change and feedback at all time scales in biotic and abiotic components of a changing Earth. This Summer School is all about interdisciplinary research: you are expected to work on the interface of biology, earth sciences, chemistry and physics.

For whom?
This Summer School aims at enthusiastic and motivated MSc students, and PhD students interested in state-of-the-art research within the field of Biogeosciences.



A limited number of scholarships in the form of (partial) fee waivers intended for talented students is available. The amount of the scholarship will be 560 euros. There are no travel grants. If you seek financial support you should state your request (by e-mail to ) by describing the reasons for applying to this Summer School and how your participation will assist you in future studies and your career. You should motivate your financial situation and other means you have available for financing your participation to this Summer School.


High quality program
The Darwin Center comprises a pool of excellent lecturers, who are renowned in their fields. They will  integrate lectures, fieldtrips, exercises and practicals on the many different subjects. The first week the Summer School will be hosted by Utrecht University. The second week will be at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ).
Preliminary program

Pool of Lecturers

Hein de Baar (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Jelle Bijma (Alfred Wegener Institute)

Paul Bodelier (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Henk Bolhuis (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Eric Boschker (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Huub op den Camp (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Jaap Sinninghe Damsté (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Gerald Ganssen (VU University Amsterdam)

Henry Hooghiemstra (University of Amsterdam)

Carina Hoorn (Universiy of Amsterdam)

Ellen Hopmans (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Ko van Huissteden (VU University Amsterdam)

Boris Jansen (University of Amsterdam)

Mike Jetten (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Jan Keltjens (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Karoliina Koho (Utrecht University)

Riks Laanbroek (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Lucas Lourens (Utrecht University)

Andy Lotter (Utrecht University)

Filip Meysman (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Jack Middelburg (Utrecht University)

Lennart de Nooijer (Utrecht University)

Gert-Jan Reichart (Utrecht University)

Stefan Schouten (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Caroline Slomp (Utrecht University)

Appy Sluijs (Utrecht University)

Karline Soetaert (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Lucas Stal (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Klaas Timmermans (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Laura Villanueva (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Mariette Wolthers (Utrecht University)

Richard Zeebe (University of Hawaii)



• € 895 - Course + course materials + housing (Utrecht & Texel) + some socials


You can apply by filling in the webform on the Utrecht Summer School website.

Your application should include:

- A short letter of motivation
- A short curriculum vitae
- A reference from a teacher or supervisor


Application deadline (full course) - 25 May 2012 ==> CLOSED

It is still possible to attend a single day of the program. For more information please send an email to


More information

Martijn Deenen

T: +31 30 253 5169


Darwin Center for Biogeosciences

The Darwin Center for Biogeosciences is a successful network promoting truly interdisciplinary research on how System Earth is working under continuously changing conditions. The Center integrates 20 excellent Dutch research groups into a single national institute. The 64 research projects started to date involve 52 PhD students and 12 postdocs working on research topics such as climate reconstructions, the carbon and nitrogen cycle, microbiological processes and ocean acidification.