There is a one week-long field course in Portugal at Easter, which is available to all who are doing IB Plant and Microbial Sciences. It provides marvelous exposure to plants in the Mediterranean environment, allowing you to understand plant diversity and adaptations to drought and high light, and help revise course material. Currently, the cost of this is mainly covered by the University, but a small charge is made for subsistence. Many Colleges provide grants to cover this minor cost.
Quotes from students who attended the 2009/10 field course:
- The trips out were fascinating and made it easier to put lecture information into context.
- The project was very useful! I learned a lot about planning and implementing a scientific project and using/understanding equipment and calculations.
- The opportunity to use the LI-COR and pressure bomb independently in the projects was brilliant. All in all the projects were extremely useful for supporting the lectures and practicals, and also just for getting some experience of doing a project.
- Seeing some actual plants in their natural environment helps to understand limitations and interactions.
- This field course was essential in understanding some broad ecological principles and experimental methods as well as plant phylogeny.
- A really really great week.
- Excellent trip - fun and very useful.