Netherlands, Utrecht

Observing Primate Behaviour

when 3 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
duration 3 weeks
credits 4.5 ECTS
fee EUR 1950

Looking at primates resembles looking at a mirror. Similar to humans, primates are highly social animals with complex social interactions. Relationships of primates are characterized by agonism, affiliation and sex. Understanding their social behaviour requires objective observational methods and careful data analysis. The summer course Observing Primate Behaviour focuses on getting familiar with primate observational methods by observing primate social behaviour and following the scientific cycle. Through the analysis of the gathered observational data, students answer and present their own research question.

The summer course Observing Primate Behaviour focuses on getting familiar with primate observational methods and includes observing primate social behaviour. The course employs the scientific cycle by asking and answering a research question through the analysis of the gathered observational data. The student uses statistical methods to analyse data. The research will be presented both in writing and verbally.

In addition, the course includes lectures, visits to Dutch zoos: Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem, with its famous chimpanzee colony and the primate zoo Apenheul, Apeldoorn. The observations will be conducted on the colony of long-tailed macaques that is used for ethological studies at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC), Rijswijk. This expertise centre conducts biomedical research on primates within the strict Dutch laws on animal experimentation. The BPRC provides one day in the program with information and discussions on the ethics of animal experimentation.

The course is open for advanced bachelor and master students biology that have followed and passed courses in Animal Behaviour at an advanced level. The course has a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 participants. Applicants should send a letter with a short motivation (max 200 words) and short resume, including information on general education and courses on animal behaviour topics (course title, book(s) used, time spend and grade). Applications should be submitted before 1 May 2015, admission depends on education level and order of application.

Course leader

Prof dr E.H.M. Sterck

Target group

Advanced bachelor and master students biology that have followed and passed courses in Animal Behaviour at an advanced level

Course aim

This is a fulltime course; the student follows lectures, visits two Dutch zoos, observes monkeys and has a discussion day at the BPRC in Rijswijk, analyses data and presents result orally and in writing. Time for self-study is planned.

Credits info

4.5 ECTS
+ Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1950: Including housing
EUR 1470: Excluding housing

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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