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Call for applications to summer school on acoustic communication

Summer School:  Acoustic Communication

Graduate course arranged by SNAK, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, August 9th-22nd 2013

Call for applications, deadline April 1st

The course focuses on methods and techniques for studying animal sound communication in air (infra-, ultra- and sonic ranges), in water, and in solids (vibrations).  It includes lectures, practicals, and excursions with time for discussion and student presentations.  Introductory lectures aim at giving an overview of the subject of acoustic communication followed by special lectures on the fundamentals of acoustics, signal analysis, psychoacoustics, animal sound production, and noise.  Practicals aim at giving the students hands-on experience of sound and vibration recording, sound analysis, and playback in air and water with emphasis on methodological limitations and pitfalls.  MatLab will be used throughout the course but prior experience is not required.  The applicants will be evaluated through group presentations of practicals.

Changes will be implemented but to get a feel for topics and teachers, you can see the program from 2011 here.  The detailed program for 2013 is currently being developed and will be updated here as it progresses.

Time: August 9th to 22nd 2013

Location: The terrestrial and the marine field stations of the Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark.  The stations are located in Southern Jutland (terrestrial) close to the Danish-German border and in the coastal town of Kerteminde (marine) near the Great Belt, respectively 

Teachers: Resident experts and invited experts from abroad. From University of Southern Denmark: Annemarie Surlykke, Axel Michelsen, Coen Elemans, Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, John M. Ratcliffe, Lasse Jakobsen, Lee A. Miller, Magnus Wahlberg, and Ole Næsbye Larsen; From Aarhus University: Kristian Beedholm, Peter Teglberg Madsen and Thorsten Balsby; From Copenhagen University: Torben Dabelsteen. Experts from abroad are still to be confirmed.

Participants: Priority is given to 25 students enrolled in a PhD-program at their home universities. MSc-students may attend if space permits

Fees: DKK 6,700 (approximately USD 1,200 and EUR 900) to cover tuition, transport during course, accommodation, and all meals.  Qualified students without or with few resources may apply for financial support to cover course fees and travel expenses

Language: English

ECTS points: 10

Application procedure: To apply, please submit the following documents in PDF format:

·       A statement of your reasons for wishing to attend the course and your potential benefits of participation including a description of your research interests, the title of your PhD-project (or MSc-project), and name(s) of you supervisor(s)

·       Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), indicating level of English language

·       If you wish to be considered for financial support, please make a reference to your current funding (max. 1 page). Your request for support will not affect the outcome of your application to participate in the course

The application should be mailed to the course manager below by April 1st.  Applications will be evaluated and the 25 successful applicants will be notified of acceptance on April 15th.

Course organizer: The Graduate School SNAK

Course manager: Ole Næsbye Larsen; Postal: Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, 55 Campusvej, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark; E-mail: onl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Tel: +45 6550 2444; Mobile: +45 6011 2444; Fax: +45 6550 2786