Beetle Summer course
Systematics of Beetles
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Faculty of Environmental Sciences,
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
When: July 8-21, 2018
Application deadline: March 15, 2018

Basic Information

Systematics of Beetles is a summer course (6 ECTS) open to advanced MSc. and Ph.D. students interested in beetle systematics, natural history and evolution.

The course will focus on systematics of extant beetles (Coleoptera), with lectures and laboratories treating the classification, morphology of adults and larvae, and classification of all families.

The course is limited to 25 students.

Why apply? The course is a unique opportunity for students to engage with leading world beetle systematists, appreciate the full spectrum of the world’s beetle diversity, and interact with other students keen on beetle research. A seminar session for students will be held at the beginning of the course, to allow students to introduce their research.


Richard Leschen
Maanaki Whenua Landcare Research,

Hermes Escalona
Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig, Bonn

Course Assistants:

Martin Fikacek
National Museum, Prague

Michael Geiser
Natural History Museum, London

Matthew Gimmel
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara

Jiri Hajek
National Museum, Prague

Jan Ruzicka
Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague

Petr Svacha
Institute of Entomology, Ceske Budejovice

Course programme
Day 1: July 8, Sunday Arrival of students in afternoon, welcome meeting. Course overview, handouts, and brief introduction of faculty.
Day 2: July 9, Monday

Mini-conference: Presentations by students covering research in systematics, evolution, and taxonomy
(10 minute talks and 2 minute discussions)

Day 3: July 10, Tuesday Adult Lectures and laboratory: (1) morphology and phylogeny; (2) suborders; (3) Archostemata, Myxophaga, & Adephaga
Day 4: July 11, Wednesday (4) Scirtoidea, Derodontoidea, Hydrophiloidea, Staphylinoidea; (5) Scarabaeioidea, Dascilloidea, Buprestoidea & Byrrhoidea
Day 5: July 12, Thursday (6) Elateroidea; (7) Bostrichoidea & Coccinelloidea
Day 6: July 13, Friday (8) Tenebrionoidea part I; (9) Tenebrionoidea part II
Day 7: July 14, Saturday (10) Cleroidea; (11) Cucujoidea
Day 8: July 15, Sunday (12) Chrysomeloidea; (13) Curculionoidea
Day 9: July 16, Monday Open laboratory/Free day
Day 10: July 17, Tuesday Larvae: Lecture on morphology; electronic key; larval laboratory - Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga
Day 11: July 18, Wednesday Laboratory - lower Polyphaga
Day 12: July 19, Thursday Laboratory - Cucujiformia
Day 13: July 20, Friday Open laboratory/end of workshop party
Day 14: July 21, Saturday Official end of course and departures
Application, fees etc.

How to apply?

Application deadline: March 15, 2018

Course fee
The course fee is 250 euro and needs to be paid prior to the course - costs will cover accommodation and meals. Other expenses needed won't be covered.

Up-to-date information
Up-dates will be available on this page and via e-mail to the applicants.


In case of any questions, please contact Jan Ruzicka (

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Scientific support provided by:
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Last update: January 21, 2018