Soil biodiversity in tree crops - Training school (25-29 September 2017, CIHEAM Bari)

26 July 2017

This training school is organized by BioLink (Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests – COST FP1305) and in particular by WG3 participants (WG3: Belowground biodiversity in plantations and tree crops). The main aim of the school is to provide updated concepts and methodologies on soil biodiversity in tree crops with a multidisciplinary approach embracing theoretical and practical lectures.

The school will take place at the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, that is a centre for post-graduate training, applied scientific research and design (CIHEAM BARI, Via Ceglie, 9, 70010 - Valenzano, Bari, Italy), in the context of the intended purposes of the framework agreement between CIHEAM BARI and CNR. The course (5 days) includes a field trip to the Nature Reserve of Torre Guaceto (a protected area between the Ostuni and Brindisi coasts, in the territories of the Carovigno and Brindisi municipalities).

A number of experts participating in the Biolink COST Action have kindly agreed to act as trainers for this school.

Who can attend?

  • MSc and PhD students or Early Career Investigators (see COST Vademecum for definition). Due to space limitations, the training school is limited to 15 participants.
  • 10 students from FP1305 Biolink member countries will be offered a fixed grant of €900 to cover transportation and registration fee.
  • There is space for further 5 students with their own funds.

How to apply?

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page) with an expression of interest and a paragraph describing the relevant scientific activities related to this Training School;
  • Curriculum Vitae (max 1 page).

Applications should be sent by 20 August 2017 to:

Mauro Gamboni ( and

Paola Grenni (

Mail subject: "Application for BioLink Training School”

Successful applicants will be contacted directly by e-mail.

Selection criteria

A selection panel will consider added value of attending the school to the researcher’s career, as evidenced by the motivation letter and the CV.


  • Registration fee (582 €) which includes: airport shuttle A/R (if necessary); Lodging at the CIHEAM-Bari students' guesthouse (Single rooms with bathroom); breakfast, lunches and dinners at CIHEAM Bari restaurant; field trip to Torre Guaceto (Bus and packed lunch); Equipped classroom; Training material; CIHEAM costs (secretariat and overheads).
  • Travel must be arranged by each participant after the acceptance email.

Topics and draft programme