London: Advanced lichen course on the Graphidaceae, Natural History Museum

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Advanced lichen course on the Graphidiaceae 

Date: Friday 12th July-Sunday 14th July

Location: Natural History Museum, London

Tutor: Gothamie Weerakoon

The aim of the course is to offer progression for advanced and intermediate-advanced lichenologists in this specialist field.

The main focus will be on identification. Attendees are encouraged to work on their own Graphidaceae specimens – due to NHM regulations any specimens should be sent to the museum on or before 15th June for quarantine process.

***No specimens that do not undergo quarantine process will be allowed to the Herbarium of NHM.

Microscopes will be provided 

By the end of the course attendees should:

  1. Have increased the range of Graphidiaceae they can identify 

  2. Have a wide knowledge of the appropriate literature

  3. Have an understanding of the taxonomic issues of this group

  4. Feel confident to pass on their knowledge

Cost: The BLS will be covering the course costs but attendees are asked to arrange and pay for their accommodation (at full board) and for their own transport, with an additional £50-£75 contribution towards the teaching costs.

Participants should not be discouraged due to costings and are encouraged to consider applying for a grant from the society’s Wallace-Burnet-Gilbert Fund if needed. Details of this can be found at There is an application form at the bottom of the webage.


Please contact by 24.3.24 to register an expression of interest in the course . If it is over subscribed people will be notified and there will be an application process with a deadline of 3.4.24. Successful applicants will be notified by 25.4.24. Details for sending specimens to Gothamie Weerakoon, at the museum, for quarantine purposes will be sent to successful applicants.