Interested in the how, what, why and when of molecular organic biogeochemistry in paleoclimatology and microbiology? Like to learn about new analytical techniques from some of the most renowned scientists in the world? Then you have perfect reasons to sign up for the NESSC course ‘Inside Molecular Organic Biogeochemistry’, from November the 2nd till November the 6th 2015


For PhD’s and postdocs

The course ‘Inside Molecular Organic Biogeochemistry’ is intended for PhD-students and postdocs that have a special scientific interest in organic geochemistry. ‘Inside Molecular Organic Biochemistry’ is also a superb opportunity for research scientists that would like to touch-up their knowledge on the use of molecular organic geochemical tools in their particular field of study. Interested? Make sure you sign in before October 1st, 2015.


The course week program

Organic biogeochemistry is quite a diverse scientific field. Its importance is expanding, especially in paleoclimatology and microbiology. During the course you will be able to create new insights on applications, techniques and multidisciplinary scientific approaches. 

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Analytical techniques (GC, HPLC, MS, irMS)
  • Compound specific stable carbon and hydrogen isotope analysis
  • Biomarker lipids and molecular phylogeny
  • Organic proxies in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography
  • Intact polar lipids
Meet thought leading biogeochemists

In the NESSC course the acclaimed prof. dr. Stefan Schouten, prof. dr. Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, dr. Ellen Hopmans, dr. Marcel van der Meer and others will take you behind the scenes of their influential research programs and present you with the latest academic developments in molecular organic biogeochemistry. After each session you will have ample time to meet up with your hosts and participate in discussions. 


Location: isle of Texel

The course will be held from November the 2nd till November the 6th 2015 at the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Each course day program consists out of three prime elements.

  • Early mornings and afternoons will be filled with lectures on a range of topics in molecular organic biogeochemistry.
  • Late mornings will be used for practical demonstrations of analytical equipment and data interpretations.
  • The afternoons will finish with short student presentations.

There is no course-fee. To arrange for your travel and stay please check out our website.



This course is partly funded by the Netherlands Earth System Science Center (NESSC), a virtual Dutch research centre with the mission to better understand processes behind climate change and to improve future climate projections and predictions. In NESSC the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is cooperating with Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam and Wageningen University.