SETAC Summer School: The use of Trait Based approaches in Community Ecology and Stress Ecology

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General information

This course aims at providing updated concepts and methodologies on the use of biological and ecological traits in Community Ecology and Stress Ecology, encompassing terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Particular attention will be given to the use of species traits to understand ecological processes, such as niche partitioning, species interactions, community assembly and ecosystem processes, and as tools in bioindication schemes (including indication of ecosystem services and different stressors, e.g., chemicals, climate change).

The course is composed by theoretical, discussion and practical (hands-on) lectures and is targeted to scientists and post-graduate students, as well as to professionals involved in bioindication. It is composed of two complementary but independent modules:

  • Module 1. Focus on major concepts and on terrestrial environments.
  • Module 2. Focus on freshwater systems.

Participants can attend one or both modules. Both modules include both theoretical and practical lectures, including the analyses of several case studies with real data sets provided by the lecturers. Download the programme.

Contact Person: José Paulo Sousa (


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Venue: University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal



Participation in one module (Module 1 OR Module 2):  €300  (discount fee for SETAC members only – €250);
Participation in both modules: €500 (discount fee for SETAC members only – €400).

The course fees include attendance, course material and coffee breaks.

Application Procedure:

Please use the online registration form.


Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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