Inscriptions are now open for the next Summer Course at the University of Azores. The event will take place at the Campus of Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira island, from July 22th to August 2nd 2024.

It will be a comprehensive course (70 hours, 6ECTS) offering an overview of different island’s biogeography and macroecological topics, focused on terrestrial ecosystems.

It offers a strong theoretical background, presented by some of the most prestigious scientists in the field, that will provide innovative methodologies regarding field sampling and analytical tools.

During the two-week course the students will follow the steps of a scientific project to get the best research questions, objectives and hypotheses, using the appropriate selection of methods, including collection, analysis and discussion of data/results.

The course is focused on the large-scale patterns of taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity.

Led by Professor Paulo A. V. Borges, from the Azorean Biodiversity Group – cE3c of the University of the Azores, the course will feature other guests, both local (Rosalina Gabriel, Rui Bento Elias, Isabel R. Amorim, Mário Boieiro and Gabor Pozgai) and international (François Rigal from the University of Pau, France; Thomas Matthews from University of Birmingham, UK; Simone Fattorini from the University of L’Aquila, Italy; Ana M.C. Santos from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, Brent Emerson from the Island Ecology and Evolution Res. Group-IPNA-CSIC, Canary Islands, Spain; Joaquín Hortal from the Natural History Museum in Madrid, MNCN-CSIC, Spain, Luís Borda-de-Água from CIBIO – Porto, Portugal; Pedro Cardoso from the Centre for Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental changes of the University of Lisbon, Portugal; and Rosemary Gillespie from the University of California, Berkeley, USA).

The course is Funded by Direcção Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia (Azorean Government) and FLAD – Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento / Luso-American Development Foundation

The inscription form is available online:

Portuguese and American students are eligible for financial support through FLAD -Luso-American Foundation. Prices include flight to and from Terceira island, and a shared room in a 3-star hotel or equivalent.

For further information, please contact Enésima Pereira on (351) 969877531, or send an e-mail to , or visit the official website: