Face to face


from £799


10-14 July 2023


UKCEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BB, UK

Wallingford location and accommodation guide (update Sep 2022)

At a later stage, we may run this training in Bangor & Lancaster on request (subject to enough expressions of interest)


Students: £799       
Professionals: £899
Group discounts available!
(The above prices are early bird discount prices available until 30 April. Thereafter £100 more)


10-14 July 2023 (4 days from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime)

Please sign up here now for Wallingford 10-14 July!

For other locations, please express your interest here!

Short course description:

This four-day course over 5 days will cover the following activities:
Day 1 Introduction to freshwater phytoplankton groups, theoretical concepts about photosynthetic pigments and analytical methods
Day 2 Exploration of phytoplankton groups and analytical methods from UKCEH pond samples
Day 3 Field trip to a lake, sampling and microscopy
Day 4 Field trip to the River Thames, sampling and microscopy
Day 5 Comparative analysis of the phytoplankton communities of pond, lake and river habitats.
You will spend the majority of the time in the lab, looking through the microscope and identifying freshwater phytoplankton.

Learning outcome:

By the end of the course, you will have experience with various methods for sampling and analysing freshwater algae, and have acquired practice and knowledge about microscopic identification.


1.    Learn the different techniques used for sampling freshwater phytoplankton from different habitats
2.    Gain knowledge on the different phytoplankton groups and how to identify and count them using microscopy.
3.    Explore other methods of analysing phytoplankton, including flow cytometry and photosynthetic pigments analysis
4.    Introduction to rotifers and zooplankton


The is maximum of 10  learners per event

Target audience:

•    Water companies
•    Monitoring agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales  and SEPA
•    Rivers Trusts
•    Consultancies engaged in river monitoring and assessment work
•    Academics, including MSc and PhD students


Beginner (previous experience of using microscopes and scientific ID keys will be helpful, but is not necessary)

Hardware and software requirements:

You do not need to bring any equipment. You may wish to bring a laptop for taking notes and your phone to take pictures.


The cost for accomodation is not included in the price. You may find the Wallingford location and accommodation guide (update Sep 2022) useful.

Course leader:

Dr Isabelle Fournier, Freshwater biogeochemist, UKCEH.
Isabelle’s  expertise is the response of freshwater micro-organisms to changes in their environment, caused by both natural variation and anthropogenic perturbations.
Isabelle has been identifying freshwater algae for 7 years. She learned from experience and through a workshop by John D. Wehr (author of the book Freshwater algae of North America: Ecology and classification). 

Other information:

UKCEH will provide lunch and refreshments. 
We will ask learners to use their own vehicle (or using car sharing) to drive to the nearby sample sites.

If you would like to arrange for an in-house training workshop on this topic, please contact Dr Ingo Schüder  UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk or call 01491 69 2225