determination course


Course program

Time schedule

(all times are Central European Summer Time (CEST) - UTC + 2 hours)
  • The morning block will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p. m. (including one coffee break)

  • The lunch break will be 1.5 hours.

  • The afternoon block will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m (including one coffee break).

Lecture rooms

  • Registration of participants will take place in the foyer of building C

  • Theoretical lectures will be held in room C1 in building C

  • The microscopy sessions will be in practice room A202 (1st floor) in building A

  • Monday

    • Registration 8:30 - 9:00

    • Sampling trip (in the form of a hiking trip) to Vrbenské rybníky nature reserve and surrounding areas

      • Microbrewery Knežínek (including lunch)

      • Vrbenské rybníky nature reserve

      • Sampling of selected habitats during the excursion

    • Welcome party

Sampling trip

The Vrbenské rybníky Nature Reserve is located on the northwestern edge of České Budějovice and covers an area of 245.8 ha. It includes 4 large ponds and large areas of adjacent wetlands and meadows, characterized by rich and unique fauna, flora and mycoflora.

Ponds and their shores, which provide good conditions for waterfowl, as well as the adjacent swamp alders and unique oak stands on the shores are highly valued. About 90 species of birds nest in the territory of the reserve, and many other migratory birds (especially water birds) use it as a stop on their flights between the nesting site and the wintering ground.

  • Tuesday

    • News in the taxonomy of euglenoids, characteristic determination features

    • Photosynthetic genera I. (Colacium, Cryptoglena, Euglena, Euglenaria, Euglenaformis, Lepocinclis) - theory and microscopy session

  • Wednesday

    • Photosynthetic genera II. (Monomorphina, Phacus, Strombomonas and Trachelomonas) - theory and microscopy session

  • Thursday

    • Colourless genera (ubiquite representatives of the genera Anisonema, Astasia, Calycimonas, Cyclidiopsis, Distigma, Entosiphon, Heteronema, Jenningsia, Menoidium, Notosolenus, Petalomonas, Phacus, Ploeotia, Pseudoperanema, Rhabdomonas, Sphenomonas, Urceolus) - theory and micoscopy session

    • Farewell party

  • Friday

    • Microscopy session and consultation (own samples, photos etc.)

Saturday - post-course program

  • Participation in the post-course program is not part of the fee.



Třeboň is a spa town in Jindřichův Hradec District in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 8,200 inhabitants. The town centre with the castle complex is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument reservation.

Třeboň Castle is a Renaissance castle. A small stone castle in Třeboň was first mentioned in 1374. The current castle was created in 1565–1575 by reconstruction of old castle buildings damaged by fire. The castle includes an English-style castle park.


Hortus Botanicus Třeboň

Collection of aquatic and wetland plants is a specialized set of more than 700 species of plants originally from Central European wetlands.

The collection was being put together gradually since 1976 for scientific purposes in the first place. Today, the collection has a character of a small specialized botanical garden open to students and public. The collection is a member of The Union of Botanical Gardens of the Czech Republic and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It is actively involved in the activities of the Working group for the gene pools, which secures conservation of the critically endangered domestic flora in ex situ collections of the botanical gardens.

Credit: Collection of aquatic and wetland plants