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Animal biology and behavior
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3148-21-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 16/08/2021
Date and time06.09.2021, at: 09:15 - 10.09.2021, at: 16:45
Regular seats15
Course fee9,480.00 kr.
LecturersKlas Abelson
ECTS credits3.50
Contact personGitte Balle Kaltoft    E-mail address: gitte.nielsen@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. describe and understand the genetics and biology responsible related to animal behavior (knowledge)
2. describe, understand, analyze and conclude on the study and interpretation on animal behavior and animal training (knowledge)
3. plan and apply measurements of animal behavior in practice (skills)

The aim of the course is to give the participants knowledge and experience in the study and interpretation of animal behaviour. The course offers a broad spectrum of topics such as evolution; basic genetics; reproductive fitness; social strategies; sensation and perception; captive animal behaviour; methodology of measuring behaviour; consequences for housing, husbandry and care; the effect of environment on captive animal behaviour; habituation and acclimatisation; training and conditioning; behavioural assays; psychopharmacology; animal models of human behaviour.

PhD-students and other scientists, as well as veterinarians and technicians, who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in the use of studies on animal behaviour. Participants should have passed a course in laboratory animal science for at least functions A and D according to Directive 2010/63/EU, Article 23.2 (formerly FELASA C or B courses)

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes


The course consists of lectures (50%), practical exercises, field trips and study visits.

Course director
Klas Abelson, Associate Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine, klasab@sund.ku.dk

Steven Schapiro, Adjunct Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine, KU-SUND and MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, University of Texas

Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, Associate Professor, DVM, PhD
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, KU-SUND

6-10 September 2021

Course location
Department of Experimental Medicine, Panum Building, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N

Please register before 16 August 2021.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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