These pages for the 2017 course can change before the start of the course

On what?

The course is on the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory, where biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics all come together. Introductions to the theory can be found at the DEB information page, see for instance this 15-page introduction.

Key words: dynamic energy and mass budgets, homeostasis and stoichiometry, surface area-volume interactions, body size scaling relationships, evolution, structured population dynamics, life histories, bioreactor engineering, (eco)toxicity, aging.


Mainly at your own working place (the first part of 5 weeks); the second part is in Tromsø (Norway), which includes a 3-day symposium, preceeded by an 8-day practical training. For the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), we encourage participation of geographically confined groups. We recommend that the groups meet once a week, all though individual participation is also possible. The various meeting places will be interactively determined at the start of the course Individuals who registered separately will be assigned to a group in the same time-zone and asked to interact with the group during the meetings in Google hang outs.


It is possible to follow only part 1 and/or only part 3, but part 2 assumes that you followed part 1 and most of the symposium lectures will assume basic knowledge about DEB theory. You can read more about the 2017 School and Symposium in Norway here .

The practical training part and the symposium will give participants the opportunity to interact with leading scientists who are actively involved in DEB research in many disciplines. Apart from exciting lectures on new developments in DEB theory as well as on applications of the theory in a variety of fields, where will be plenty of time for discussions, exchange of ideas. It is the ideal time to learn about international job opportunities and do some networking. We think that participation to the practical training part and the symposium adds substantially to the effectiveness of the course, but the course can be followed without.

For whom?

The MOOC is primarily meant for graduate students, but advanced undergraduates as well as scientists are also welcome. Several professors participated in earlier courses, and their valuable input contributed a lot to the level of the course. The course will be of interest for persons with a background in biology, mathematics, engineering, chemistry or physics with an interest in the logic behind the quantitative aspects of the metabolic organisation of living systems.

Participants of previous courses wrote a number of special issues of the Journal of Sea Research and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on DEB theory and its applications. They also organised the first DEB symposium in Brest, a second one in Lisbon, and third one in Texel and now a fourth one in Marseille. You can actually meet them and learn from their experience. The 2005-participants created the Research Group AQUADEB on applications of DEB theory to aquatic organisms. This nicely illustrates possible after-course activities.

Interested? Let us know!

If you consider a possible participation in any part of the 2017 course, which is not open yet for registration, for yourself or persons working with you, we suggest that you complete the form for expressing your interest without any obligations; you will receive an email when the registration opens.

Go to the DEB information page