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Insects: Inventory and Identification

At this intensive entomology course, methods and processes concerning insects’ diversity, morphology and behavior are discussed.

During the course you will meet some of the country's most knowledgeable entomologists, get an in-depth insight into the megadiverse insect orders Hymenoptera, Diptera and Coleoptera and learn more about the use and construction of identification keys as well as inventory, collection and preparation. The course is in its entirety located at Station Linné on Öland.

Information for admitted students summer 2023

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered on the correct course. If you do not register then your place can go to a reserve (see Registration). In good time before registration, you must check if you are eligible with conditions. If you have conditions you cannot register (see Eligible with conditions). If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you decline your place as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course (see Declining your place). See also below for information on studying with a disability and if you are placed as reserve.

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot register as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. To qualify, all requirements must be met before the course starts.

As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to our student office with the following information:

  • Subject line: Conditional admission
  • Your name
  • Which course(s) you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact our student office.

Read about eligibility


Our courses generally apply online registration. To be able to register online, your student account must be activated and any conditions assessed. In order to maintain your place on the course, you must register within the registration period.

Registration periods in summer 2023:

  • Registration for all courses opens 8 May and closes on the Sunday closest to one week before the course starts.
  • Traineeships, research traineeships and degree projects are open for registration throughout the semester (see more below).

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office before the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on the course.

Register online

Traineeship and research traineeship

If you submitted your work plan for traineeship or research traineeship, or your research idea for degree project, before the deadline and had it approved, you have been admitted to the course and can register, provided you meet any conditions (see "Eligible with conditions" above). If you  submitted your work plan / research idea after the deadline, you have been placed as reserve and will be admitted as soon as it has been approved. If you have not yet submitted your work plan / research idea, you can read more about this further down on this page under "More information / How to apply".

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the recommended support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at before the registration period begins. After the course has opened for registration and three weeks after the course has started, you can decline in Ladok. Declining the place later than three weeks after the start of the course is counted as having dropped the course. If you drop the course you will not be able to apply for the course again.

Declining your place at

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the course starts. For traineeships, research traineeships and degre projects see more information above.

Read about reserve roll call

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

  • Course structure

    The course is given at Station Linné on Öland.

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. You can find a link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


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  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    A schedule is made available on the Station Linné course site.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Recommended course literature:

    Gullan, P.J. & Cranston, P.S. Insects: An outline of Entomology. Chapman & Hall. (Academic standard textbook, approx. 600 SEK or as a free (!) pdf which you will be given access to during the course.)


    Grimaldi, D. & Engel, M.S. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press. (Big, beautiful and up-to-date book, contains far more than the present course is able to cover, but strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in insects. Out of print but might be available as used for approx. 1600 SEK.)

    Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops and there are a lot of online literature of various quality. Here is one very good link for order determination, but you can for sure find a lot of more alternatives:

    Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida

    There are of course also other highly recommended sites such as The Entomological Society of Canada and The Royal Entomological Society where you can find a lot of useful publications and links. Try to Google "Handbooks for the identification of British insects pdf" and you will get some very useful alternatives.

  • More information

    Information about the course, such as practical information about accomodation and a schedule can be found at the Station Linné course site.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level