On May 4-8 2015, the training course “Training on Lichens and Identification took place in Ekenäs, Sweden. More than 18 participants from 10 countries (including Arsen Gasparyan – participant from Armenia) participated in the course.
The main learning targets included: Field knowledge of common and characteristic lichen species of different habitats in Sweden
In the frame of the “OPTIMA Iter Lichenologicum” initiative, the Young Biologists Association NGO (www.yba.am) and Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area (OPTIMA) organized an international lichenological excursion to Armenia.The aim was to study the lichen diversity of the Khosrov Forest State Reserve and other areas in Armenia.
On 17 of July 2015, the Young Biologists Association NGO organized public speaking and discussion on theme “The Epiphytic Lichens proposed for the Red Book of RA”. Arsen Gasparyan has presented the epiphytic lichen diversity of Armenia, ongoing research projects and the species proposed for addition to the Red Book of Republic of Armenia. The participants discussed suggested conservation status and other aspects.
The Young Biologists Association NGO in cooperation with Ecovillage NGO organized Science from the first hand. “Lichenological Research” Young Scientists School. The theoretical part of the school took place in Yerevan on 18 of June and the practical field work to Mount Aragats on 21 of June, 2015. More than 50 young scientists and students participated in the school. The invited speakers of the school were: Mr. Arsen Gasparyan (Topic: Lichens of Armenia), Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Topic։ What’s in a name? That which we call a species), Pradeep K Divakar (Topic: How many species are hidden under the Parmelia saxatilis morphology), Dr. Ana Rosa Burgaz (Topic: “DNA-barcoding in the study of lichen diversity”), Dr. Andre Aptroot (Topic: Lichens and Global Warming).