Flower Biology and Pollination Ecology -  MODULE I: Concepts and practices



Date: 1-4 March 2021 (to be held online) 

Training School leaders: Sílvia Castro, Giovanna Aronne, Marta Galloni and Boštjan Surina 


This online training school is prepared within the framework of ConservePlants COST Action (CA18201), with the support of the Italian Botanical Society – Phenology and Life Strategy working group and the Sociedade Broteriana and aims at training Early Career Researchers on concepts and field and laboratory tools to assess flower functionality for biodiversity conservation. 

The course will introduce fundamental concepts of flower design and function, from advertisement and reward production to pollen and stigma biology, mating strategies and pollen dispersal, as well as pollination ecology, including the concept of pollination syndromes, plant-pollinator interactions and consequences of variable pollinator behaviour and effectiveness. A particular focus will be given to impacts of flower biology and pollination ecology for plant conservation. 

Using a mixture of lectures, protocol discussion and case studies, participants will learn to design experiments to study flower biology and reproductive systems, understand the different factors impacting plant reproduction and consequences of plant-pollinator interactions, develop a critical thinking when analysing the results of field experiments and understand the consequences of different strategies for conservation of threatened plants. 

This course is the first of two modules and will focus on concepts and practices. This first module will be held online and is designed for PhD students and Early Career Researchers, interested in flower biology and pollination tools, enabling them to start applying routine protocols in plant conservation and explore its usefulness to explain reproductive problems in threatened plants.

Application: Applicants should send a motivation letter and Curriculum Vitae to Sílvia Castro (

Deadline for application (Module I): 17 January 2021