Acoustic communication

Graduate course arranged by graduate school SNAK, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Application deadline 1 April 2017

The course focuses on methods and techniques for studying animal sound communication in air (infra-, ultra- and sonic ranges), in water, and in solids (vibrations). It includes lectures, practicals, and excursions with time for discussion and student presentations. Introductory lectures aim at giving an overview of the subject of acoustic communication followed by special lectures on the fundamentals of acoustics, signal analysis, psychoacoustics, animal sound production, and noise. Practicals aim at giving the students hands-on experience of sound and vibration recording, sound analysis, and playback in air and water with emphasis on methodological limitations and pitfalls. MatLab will be used throughout the course but prior experience is not required. The applicants will be evaluated through group presentations of practicals.

The updated program will be posted here.

Tentative program for 2017:

Time:11-24 August 2017

Location: The terrestrial and the marine field stations of the Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark. The stations are located in Southern Funen (terrestrial) close to the town of Faaborg and in the town of Kerteminde (marine) on the East coast of Funen, respectively.

Teachers: Resident experts and invited experts from abroad.

Participants: Strict priority is given to students enrolled in a PhD-program at their home universities. MSc-students and postdocs may attend if space permits. The maximal number of participants is 24.

Fees:10.000 DKK to cover tuition, transport during course, accommodation, and all meals.

Language: English

ECTS points: 10

Application procedure: To apply, please email one PDF document containing.:

  1. your Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), indicating level of English language proficiency.
  2. a statement of your reasons for wishing to attend the course and your potential benefits of participation including a description of your research interests, the title of your PhD-project (or MSc-project), and name(s) of your supervisor(s)

The application should be e-mailed to by 1 April. The 24 successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by 1 May.

Course organizer: The Graduate School SNAK

Course manager: Coen P.H. Elemans. Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark.

Sound and communication group:

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