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EBC / Top Lectures



Prof.dr.M.Richardson: email –
Telephone 071 527 5215
Adress: Sylvius Laboratorium,
Wassenaarseweg 72
2333 AL Leiden


The Top Lectures are one of the optional choices for the EBC track (the others being a book exam, Spotlight, or seminars). There will be 6 Top Lectures in total and the student should attend all 6. Four of the lectures will be organized by one each of the research groups in the IBL who participate in the EBC track (Prof. MK Richardson, Prof. CJ ten Cate, Prof. P. Klinkhamer and Prof. P Brakefield). The two remaining will be organized by CML, the Herbarium or Naturalis.

Methods of instruction

Each lecture will be given by an expert researcher in a field relevant to the EBC track. They will be National or International scientists. The scientist will give an introductory lecture in the morning on a specialist subject. He or she will then give the students various assignments to carry out before the group meets again after lunch to discuss the findings.

Study material

The students will be provided in advance with material, including manuscripts and assignments, which they should prepare before the Top Lecture.


4 ECTs are awarded for the attendance at all 6 Top Lectures.

Course requirements/recommendations

The course is open to all EBC students as an optional choice.

Time table

The first will be in January 2011, and there will be one per month thereafter at times to be announced.


Please make sure that your study plan is approved by your track coordinator.
Registration via USIS


Course objective

To provide the student with insight into specialist research, including the way in which complex research questions are formulated and analysed experimentally.