* – coordination and/or  funding

2020 October                Dead Wood Course – Bergen, Norway
2019 September           Biology of polyporesBiałowieża, Poland

2019 June                     Dead Wood Course 2019 – Voronezh reserve, Russia

2019 / GBIF                  Data skills in biodiversity education and research – Dushanbe, Tajikistan
With colleagues from GBIF Norway, gbif.ru team, University of Oslo
Five-day program curriculum on open biodiversity data publishing, including excursion and bioblitz in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Regional training course for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students with expert trainers and trainers-in-training. This ​training course​ aimed to enhance the capacity to plan and implement biodiversity data  digitization and mobilization efforts effectively and according to GBIF standards. It had a strong focus on the technical aspects of data mobilization — in particular everything related to the data lifecycle: planning, capture, quality and publishing in order to increase the amount, richness  and quality of the data published through the GBIF network and data use in  scientific research and policymaking.  The training has online and onsite components and a strong practical approach and group work.

2019 / GBIF           Identifying and publishing HTS/Sanger DNA sequence datasets* – Dragør, Denmark
With GBIF and UNITE colleagues.
Sanger sequencing and next generation sequencing are becoming widespread mycology tools, yet many researchers, in particular students, are stuck at the “sequences at the hard drive” stage. The NEFOM course will bring you the necessary skills on sequence identification of fungi using UNITE, and to publish the resulting data as authored, DOI-citable datasets through GBIF.org. Learning goals are to identify HTS and Sanger DNA sequence datasets of fungi using UNITE Species Hypotheses database and to  publish sequence identification results together with sample data as occurrence or sampling event datasets at GBIF.org.

2018 / GBIF         Digitization of collecitons and publishing data: wet collections and GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit– Moscow, Russia
With GBIF.ru and GBIF network colleagues.
Funded by the GBIF grant to GBIF.ru and by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), a three-days intensive on-site course took place in Moscow in the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS. The was comprised of i) general introduction to the world of global biodiversity data and GBIF, ii) starting and managing digitisation projects at the collection or institutional scale, general principles of digitisation and practical advice, and iii) data publishing through GBIF. The course aimed at the beginners who would like to learn publishing biodiversity data through GBIF. Participants were introduced to GBIF supported data standards and support available in Russia. The course had a strong focus on the technical aspects of data capture, key concepts of biodiversity informatics, introduction to the Darwin Core Standard, data standardisation, data publishing utilizing GBIF’s Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT). Presentations and other materials are online at GBIF.ru.

2018 / GBIF          Data mobilization skills: training on mobilizing biodiversity data using GBIF and BOLD tools* – lake Baikal, Russia
With GBIF network and NorBOL colleagues
The course is organised by  the Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry RAS, University of Bergen, ForBio, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat in association with the International Conference Information Technologies in the Research of Biodiversity. The course will enhance the capacity to plan and implement biodiversity data digitization efforts effectively and according to GBIF standards. It will have a strong focus on the technical aspects of data mobilization and data lifecycle: planning, digitization, management and online publishing in order to increase the amount, richness and quality of the data published through the GBIF network. The course will also cover principles and routine in DNA barcoding, will provide participants with a practical and theoretical introduction to DNA barcoding through BOLD Systems. The student will develop  and evaluate data mobilization strategies, apply digitization, data cleaning and data publishing protocols and tools, learn how to operate BOLD systems and theor application to biodiversity surveying and monitoring.

2016 / HY          Nordic – Russian Boreal Biodiversity and Data Education Network
Funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) with the support from the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio)

2016 / HY          Dead Wood Meeting and Course – Lammi, Finland
The Dead Wood Meeting provided an opportunity to students and guest speakers to present  and discuss their dead wood research. This medium-sized student and researcher symposium, a mix of plenary talks by researchers, flashlight talks and poster presentations by students created an environment for student communication and bridged the the gap between the university lectures and the real-life of a researcher and a conservationist. The weekend symposium was followed by the 3.5-day intensive beginner-oriented Dead Wood Course comprised by lectures, workshops, excursion, and a book exam. This course covers a broad range of topics, such as biodiversity in dead wood in boreal and temperate environments, biodiversity conservation and restoration, and all kinds of lignicolous organisms.

2016 / HY          Polypores as tools in forest conservation* – Lammi, Finland
By Otto Miettinen, Olli Manninen, Tuomo Niemelä
Intensive forest management has led into decline of populations of polypores, the dominant wood decomposers in boreal forests. Many species are classified as threatened in national red list assessments. Being a compact and relatively easy to identify species group, polypores are used as indicators of high conservation value forests in Nordic countries and Russia. Students learned to identify polypores and selected corticioid fungi, focusing on indicator species and practical indexes. The course included lectures and daily field work in different types of forests, with the emphasis on macroscopic and field identification skills.

2016 / HY            Biodiversity data management and Open data* – Tartu, Estonia
By Urmas Kõljalg, Kessy Abarenkov, Hanna Koivula, Allan Zirk, Veljo Runnel
The hands on course, targeted at early PhD and MSc students, covers the basics of data collecting, data management, and publishing data and explores tools beyond MS Excel and R. The program goes through modern and efficient ways to collect and manage data, to collect taxon occurrence or sample based data; to handle standards and data quality, to create integrated databases for the different data types, to manage and publish datasets.

2015 / HY            Dead Wood Meeting: student and researcher symposium – Lammi, Finland
2014 / HY            Polypore course – Tver’ region, Russia
2014  / HY           ForBio data course – Kilpisjarvi, Finland
2014  / HY           NGS sample preparation course*, Karina Clemmensen & team – Uppsala, Sweden
2013  / HY           Biodiversity in dead wood – Helsinki, Finland
2013 / HY            Polypore course – Białowieża, Poland
2003-2012 / HY  Taxonomy and Biology of Polypores, assistant – Lammi, Finland
2005-2006 / HY  Saproxylic seminar, chair – Helsinki, Finland
2010-2014 / HY  Conservation Biology in Fragmented Landscapes, mentor – Helsinki, Finland
2012 / HY            Forest microbiology and fungal biotechnology, invited lecturer – Helsinki, Finland

Moscow State University
2000–2004       Entomology, summer courses

Moscow State 57 School
2001–2002       Biology, VI & VIII grades


Aleksandr V. Kurakov
Jan Stenlid
Tuomo Niemelä
Hugo de Boer
invited teachers in the courses


Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education SIU (DIKU)
Research School in Biosystematics ForBio
Finnish National Agency for Education