Main activities

The summer school is dedicated to undergraduate and post-graduate students in biomedical sciences, veterinary medicine and biology which want to improve their skills in field parasitology. The complex ecosystem, the climatic conditions and the high biodiversity create an ideal model for teaching and researching parasitology.

The basic methods are described in detail in our recently published e-Book (pdf available here)

 

The main activities consist in:

 

Sample collection (blood, feces, ectoparasites) from a broad range of domestic animals (horses, donkeys, cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, domestic fowl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample collection (blood, feces, ectoparasites) from wild animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample collection from the environment (mainly blood-sucking arthropods) using traps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occasional necropsies of wild and domestic animals and collection of parasites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample examination (stained blood smears, Knott, coproscopy) and identification of parasites (ticks, mosquitoes, biting midges, tabanids, helminths, leeches, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visits to local farms and traditional cheese facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boat trips and trekking for wildlife observation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The summer school starts from Cluj-Napoca, the second largest city in Romania which is easily reachable through its international airport, offering direct flight to/from many European and Asian cities. From Cluj-Napoca, the participants will be transferred by bus to Tulcea (10-11 hours road trip) from where the transfer to Chilia Veche is done by the public boat (4-5 hours voyage on Chilia Branch of Danube). After the summer school, students will be transferred back to Cluj-Napoca.

All activities are in English.