About the summer school

General information

The Field Parasitology International Summer School is organized since 2011 in Danube Delta by a consortium of three Universities: The University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University in Brno, (Czech Republic) and Charles University from Prague (Czech Republic). Between 2011 and 2012, the location was in Sfântu Gheorghe, at the junction of Danube with the Black See. Since 2013, the event takes place annually (usually in July) in the traditional and remote village, Chilia Veche, on the Chilia branch of Danube, at the border of Romania with Ukraine.















About the location

Danube Delta (Romanian: Delta Dunării) is the second largest (4,152 square km) and the best preserved delta in Europe. Its territory is a protected area (reserve, since 1938), and from 1998 it was established as a Biosphere Reserve. The reserve consists of an intricate network of channels, lakes, marshlands and lagoons, built between the three main branches of the Danube (Chilia, Sulina and Sfântu Gheorghe) which eventually flow into the Black Sea. The area is well-known for its amazing biodiversity, being the most complex wetland habitat of Europe, with hundreds of species of vertebrates and thousands of species of invertebrates.














There are several villages in Danube Delta, most of them relying on a traditional lifestyle, with fishing, agriculture and tourism as a main sources of income. Most of these villages can be reached only by boats from the city of Tulcea. Chilia Veche (population 3606 inhabitants) was founded by the Greek Byzantines and was first documented in 1241 A.D. It is composed of four villages: Câșlița, Chilia Veche, Ostrovul Tătaru and Tatanir.














The main site of the summer school is on Ostrovul Tătaru, a large island separated from the main village by the Tătaru channel and reachable only by boats or by the mobile bridge, crossing the channel. The facilities consist of a field station, offering basic accommodation facilities (camping, kitchen, outdoor showers and latrines) and a lab equipped for field parasitology diagnostics. A recreational area (table tennis, pool billiard, swimming pool) together with dinning place for the evening is offered by Pensiunea Vital, a locally run touristic facility.