3rd-4th June 2023 | KCRE, Agumbe

Are lichens, plants, fungi, or algae?
How do they look and where do they grow?
What is their role in the ecosystem?

If you are intrigued and aspire to learn about lichens, then this workshop is for you.

For a weekend you will stay in the pristine forests of Agumbe. Connect with India's premier lichenologists who will lead you from the basics into the world of lichen research.

Here is what you will learn...

You will be part of theory sessions, practical hands-on activities, lichen collection, observation and study techniques.

  • You will be part of theory sessions and hands-on activities.
  • You will observe lichens on trees and rocks in the forest around the camp.
  • You will learn to collect, preserve and identify lichens yourselves.
  • You will learn about the scope for lichen research in India

Your takeaways...

  • Get a holistic understanding of lichen biology.
  • Able to collect, preserve and identify lichens yourself
  • Exposure to various aspects of lichenology and ability to select your topic for further research (if interested)
  • Obtain literature on various topics in pdf format
  • Get post-conference guidance from the experts

Course Directors

Dr Sanjeeva Nayaka

Senior Principal Scientist, Lichenology Lab
CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow

Dr Sanjeeva Nayaka is a well-known lichenologist of India.He has over 20 years of experience.

He has discovered 28 lichen species as new to science and reported over 100 species as new to India.

Dr Sanjeeva Nayaka revised the genus Lecanora s. l. for his doctoral thesis at CSIR-NBRI under the supervision of Dr D.K. Upreti and obtained PhD degree from Dr. RML Avadh University, Faizabad.

He has authored/edited 3 books. His research interest includes taxonomy, biomonitoring and bioprospecting of lichens. 

For more details visit : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjeeva_Nayaka

Dr Siljo Joseph

Scientist B, Department of Forest Botany
Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Kerala

Dr Siljo Joseph started his research on lichens in 2009 with his master’s dissertation on “Studies on the lichen flora of the Nilgiri hills, Tamil Nadu”.

He was awarded PhD in Botany (Lichenology) from Bharathiar University.

He received the prestigious DST INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship from the Indian National Science Academy. 

His primary research focuses on biogeography, conservation, ecology, systematics and e- monography of the lichen group Arthoniales in India. He is keen on developing web-based applications and programs for the identification of lichens.

For more details visit: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8027-7936


Open to lichen enthusiasts above 15 years.

Students will be given preference


Dates: 3rd – 4th June 2023

Time : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Maximum participants: 15 


Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology

Kālinga Mane
Guddekeri, Agumbe Hobli
Thirthahalli Taluk, Shivamogga-577411



Tents       : Rs.6,850/-

Includes: Shared accommodation in tents for 2 days, all meals, workshop kit and stationary.
Excludes Travel, pick-up and drop from Guddekeri bus stop to KCRE, and personal expenses.  

Participation certificate will be awarded on completion of the course