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Animal Conservation – from Field to Lab

Thursday 5.03.2020

csm_IMG_7083_55f1d292b3Animal Conservation – from Field to Lab

13 July – 23 July 2020, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland


Warsaw and field stations in North-Eastern Poland

Background of Summer School / Introduction

In modern world the human influence on natural habitat is the main threat to wildlife. There is an urgent need of understanding how we can manage and preserve populations of wild animals in changing environment. The aim of summer school is to show how different techniques (both field and lab) can contribute to animal conservation.

We want summer school students to have the opportunity to visit current conservation and management projects in Poland, as well as national parks and other protected areas, to learn and obtain field skills. They also will have possibility to meet experts working in the field of biodiversity, both scientists and practitioners (from Poland and other countries). Data collected in the field will be elaborated in the laboratories of Institute of Animal Sciences.

Maximum number of participants


The school is aimed at students of animal and environmental sciences who have already completed at least 2 years of basic university coursework



Course Content

  • biodiversity conservation at three levels (genetic resources, species, animals habitats)
  • ecological genetics – the use of molecular methods to support wildlife conservation measures
  • ex-situ and in-situ conservation
  • active protection of wildlife (habitat restoration, reintroduction, introduction)
  • alternative methods of livestock production as a tool in ecological engineering
  • wild animals population management (protected species, game animals, endangered species, ecological engineering)
  • species management  plans (different groups of fauna)
  • welfare of wild animals in captive breeding
  • data collection in the field and elaboration in lab

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

After completing the course, the participants should

  • know wildlife conservation methods applied in the field and used in labs
  • understand the different aspects of scientific knowledge used in animals
  • conservation (biology, ecology, genetics, husbandry, etc.)
  • be able to prepare or evaluate animals population management plans
  • have experience in working independently and in international teams, involving parties from different countries, scientific background, approaches etc.
  • be more aware of intercultural diversity and gender aspects in life sciences

Course Schedule

Course Language

Course Format

The summer school will consist of classes, lectures, laboratory exercises, field studies, seminars. After 2 days of introduction in classroom we go for a 5 days trip to north-eastern part of Poland (Borecka Forest), to collect data of different group of animals (two main: amphibians and European bison). Then we come back to labs at SGGW in Warsaw to elaborate data and prepare final report.

Before starting the summer school we will organise on-line introduction and preparation to the course for all participants

Number of Credits [ECTS]


Type of Assessment

Final report
Cultural Activities / Social Program

Warsaw sightseeing tour

Warsaw ZOO

Welcome/farewell dinner for all participants

Night discussions by campfire during field trip

And many more…


400 euro (that will cover accommodation and food)


We provide 2-3 persons rooms in student house of SGGW

Health Insurance

Obligatory, paid by participant


According to country of nationality

Contact persons for scientific questions

Krzysztof Klimaszewski

Contact person for administrative questions

Faculty of Animal Sciences - Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW