This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course is linked to the Summer school entitled Biodiversity: Giving value to the sustainable use of the environment, which is held in the NUPEM Campus in Macae (Brazil), which is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Maximum 25 selected students (10 from Norway and 15 from Brazil) are attending the course. Teacher from UiS, UFRJ and invited guests arrange for lectures and supervision during field experiences.
Students are provided with lecture slides, and additional material for following classes.
A 1 day workshop aims to helps student in communicating scientific results, students are tutored during the day and asked to prepare a graphical abstract regarding a scientific publication. The graphical abstract is then presented at the end of the day by each student.
Fields experience are conducting in order to practice the learnt lectures.

Learning outcome

Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have basic knowledge of what is biodiversity, including big data initiatives, census of marine life, species names. Have basic information about how to assess (determine) biodiversity in terms of conservation and management of biodiversity, and its economic value. Methodologies from molecules to ecosystem will be introduced, including quantification of biodiversity, the use of statistical tools. Legal aspects, protection, biodiversity law and enabling the use of biodiversity will be presented.
Upon completing the course, the students will have:
Skills in understanding aspects on biodiversity.
General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will have:
Competence developed through lectures related to a relevant case study, field experience, and workshop activity.


The course addresses biodiversity, for giving value to a sustainable use of the environment.
  • Biodiversity introduction
  • The emergency of sustainability
  • Characterization of biodiversity: systematics/taxonomy/species identification
  • Conservation/monitoring
  • Methodologies
  • Economical aspects: giving value to nature
  • Environmental challenges/monitoring
  • Field activities

Total lecture hours: 40 hours

Required prerequisite knowledge

Enrolment in a relevant PhD BSc and MSc programme. Knowledge in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematic at bachelor level.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assigned report1/1 Pass - Fail
The student evaluation is based on the following criteria:
- Submission of a report 1 month after the school, based on an assignment given during the school. Three of the professors participating at the school are evaluating the quality the report. The score is passed/no passed.

Coursework requirements

Attend classes and participate to a workshop (during the school week)
- Oral presentation of a graphical abstract prepared by the student, during the workshop day.
- The attendance to all lectures, field activities and participation to the workshop are mandatory in order to pass the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Daniela Maria Pampanin
Head of Department
Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Method of work

Teacher from UiS, UFRJ and invited guests arrange for lectures. Total lecture hours: 40 hours

Practical placements

Teacher from UiS, UFRJ and invited guests arrange for supervision during field experiences.

Open to

Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme
Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Offshore Field Development Technology - Master's Degree Programme


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 28.09.2020