Welcome to the European Workshop on Chironomidae Identification Methodology (EWCIM)

Dear all,

We are glad to inform you that we are organizing the 3rd European Workshop on Chironomidae Identification Methodology (EWCIM).

The workshop will be held at the Matei Bel University, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, 21st - 25th of January 2019.

We have booked accommodations in pension which is situated 500m from Faculty of Natural Sciences, where workshop will be organized. Price is 18€ /person/night. There is a possibility to have breakfast there - you can "check" that option in the registration form.

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Why Chironomidae?

Members of the Chironomidae family (Diptera) are one of the dominant and most diverse aquatic macroinvertebrate groups and also probably the most widely distributed insect family in freshwaters (all types of water bodies, all continents) and can even be found in marine habitats. Freshwaters at high altitudes and latitudes are colonized mainly by Chironomidae. Nearly 1200 species are known from Europe, and about 2000 from the Holarctic, but the total number of the species worldwide is estimated to be around 15000.

Chironomid larvae play an essential role in food webs, energy flow and ecosystem functioning, as they are ecosystem engineers, good colonizers and represent a main link between different trophic levels within aquatic ecosystems.

Furthermore,chironomid larvae are excellent indicators of water quality as there are many both sensitive speices and species tolerant to physical and chemical disturbances of their habitat, and represent a key group in most national bioassessment and monitoring programmes.


Dr Djuradj Milosevic

Departman of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Niš, Serbia

Dr Dubravka Čerba

Department of Biology, University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Croatia

Dr Ladislav Hamerlík

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University, Slovakia

Dr Vít Syrovátka

Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, The Czech Republic


The program will include different activities: introduction lectures, demonstrations and practical work, suitable for participants with different levels of foreknowledge. During four training days, five chironomid subfamilies (Tanypodinae, Diamesinae, Prodiamesinae, Orthocladiinae and Chironominae), will be covered both in theory and practice. An international team of researchers - chironomid specialists - will demonstrate, instruct and help the participants to master the techniques necessary for identification – larvae handling, slide preparation and distinguishing morphological characteristics.