ESO – European School on Ostracoda

The course is designed to provide an overview of the taxonomy, (palaeo)ecology, biodiversity, geological history and applied biostratigraphy of ostracods. It is intended for young scientists and industrial staff interested in micropalaeontology, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology, biology and environmental applications. We will focus on methods and concepts of ostracodology including systematics, biostratigraphic applications, ecology and life history spanning their fossil record from the Paleozoic to the Holocene and covering the recent fauna as well. Case studies from marine and continental systems as well as practical training for identification, preparation, documentation and analysis will be an important part of the course.

Who should attend?

The course is primarily intended for young researchers at the PhD or MSc. stages of their careers and industrial staff who intends to work with ostracods or just started to do so. People holding a postdoctoral position are also welcome. The number of participants will be limited to nineteen.

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Program 2023

Fees (includes course material and lectures) & Registration

Please, note that the financial benefit of the course will fund future activities of SF*IRGO (learn more about us).

Registration for ESO 2023 is now OPEN.


  • Dr Marie-Béatrice Forel, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Frenzel, Geosciences, University of Jena
  • Dr. Björn Holstein, DEA AG, Wietze
  • PD Dr. Renate Matzke-Karasz, Earth- and Environmental Sciences, LMU München
  • Prof. Dr. Steffen Mischke, Earth Sciences, University of Iceland
  • Dr. Anna Pint, Geography, University of Cologne
  • Ella Quante, Jena
  • Dr. Anton Waltschew, Nuremberg

and others.


The European School on Ostracoda is an acknowledged course by the Micropalaeontological Society (TMS), London, UK. We are very proud that TMS provides one student stipend of up to 500£ for the particiption in ESO8 (2023).