17th-21st January 2022 | KCRE, Agumbe

Are lichens, plants, fungi, or algae?
Where are they found and how 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 week 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, and learn to write research papers

  • Lichen collection and preservation techniques
  • Identifying chemicals in lichens by spot test, TLC and micro crystallography
  • Identification of various groups of lichens by morphological, anatomical and chemical characters
  • Molecular techniques in lichen taxonomy (theory)
  • Biodeterioration, biomonitoring and bioprospecting lichens (theory)
  • Guidance for research paper and project proposal writing

Your takeaways...

  • Get a holistic understanding of lichen biology.
  • Able to collect, preserve and identify lichens yourself
  • Be exposed to various aspects of lichenology and be able to select your topic for further research
  • Obtain literature on various topics in pdf form.
  • Get post-conference guidance by 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

DST - INSPIRE Faculty Lichenology Lab
CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute Lucknow

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. He is an Honorary Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Biological Sciences in the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Govt. of India.

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 18 years.

Students will be given preference

COVID Mandate: Participants must either be fully vaccinated and produce their vaccination certificates. Or produce a negative RtPcr report not older than 72 hours.


Dates: 17th to 21st Jan 2022

Time : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Maximum participants: 20 only!

Medium: Simple English.


Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology

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



Tent               : Rs. 15000/-
Dormitory : Rs. 18000/-
Cottage        : Rs. 20000/-

Includes: Food, shared accommodation for 6 days (from 16th to 21st January 2022), pick-up and drop from Guddekeri bus stop, workshop kit and stationary.
Excludes: Travel to Guddekeri, personal expenses. 

Participation certificate will be awarded on completion of the course

How to apply ?

Applications will be screened and selected candidates will be notified via email.
Selected candidates should get their application forwarded from the Head of the Department/organization or PhD supervisor.
The fee (non-refundable) should be paid within five days of intimation of selection.