The DNA metabarcoding spring school is now in its third edition and this year it is co-organized by the metabarcoding.org team and the Research School in Biosystematics – ForBio in Tromsø, Norway.
Also this year, the school is divided into two parts.
- The DNA metabarcoding spring school (31 March - 3 April 2014), that will be held during four days at the Skibotn Field Station,
- A two-day workshop at the Tromsø University Museum that will follow the course (4 - 5 April 2014).
Participants can register for both the school and workshop (25 places) or only for the workshop (no limit). To register for University of Tromsø ECTS (BIO-8001 registration form) or a ForBio course certificate stating the number of ECTS (no additional registration needed), participants have to attend both the school and the workshop. As part of the course program, each participant is required to (i) give a 12 minute talk about their research during the evening sessions of the school, and (ii) present a corresponding poster during the workshop.
This year the registration to the third DNA metabarcoding spring school is a two steps process.
- You need to be a ForBio member or associate.
- Anyone can register as a ForBio associate. To register as a ForBio associate please visit the ForBio membership page
- To become a ForBio member you must be registered as a PhD student or hired as a postdoctoral fellow at a Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or Finnish university.
- Now that you have a ForBio status (member or associate) you have to register to the school and/or the workshop itself by filling out the registration page.
All participants attending both the school and workshop can receive a ForBio course certificate stating the course description and number of ECTS earned (2 in this case). If you would like to receive University of Tromsø ECTS (2) instead of a ForBio course certificate, please feel out the BIO-8001 registration form and follow the submission instructions on it. If you have any questions about University of Tromsø registration, please contact Sergei Drovetski (sdrovetski at gmail.com).
- The first four days (31 March - 3 April 2014; Skibotn Field Station) will consist of a series of lectures and bioinformatics practicals introducing different aspects of DNA metabarcoding. Bioinformatics practicals will introduce data analysis from raw sequences to basic ecological conclusions.
- The workshop (4 - 5 April 2014; Tromsø University Museum) is open to all researchers involved in DNA metabarcoding projects wishing to present their results. The results can be presented as short oral communications of 15 minutes and/or as a poster. People wishing to present their results must submit a title and short abstract (250 words) with their workshop registration and indicate their preference for oral presentation or poster.
|7h30 - 8h30|
|8h30 - 9h00||Welcome lecture||Sampling design
|9h00 - 10h00||DNA metabarcoding introduction
|Keynote 3 |
|10h00 - 10h30||Primer design
|eDNA from sampling to molecular lab
Marta de Barba
|Microbiology DNA metabarcoding
|10h30 - 11h30||6 x (15 + 5) min participant talks||6 x (15 + 5) min participant talks|
|11h30 - 12h00|
|12h00 - 13h00|
|13h00 - 14h00||Practical 1||Practical 2||Practical 3||Practical 4|
|14h00 - 15h00||Keynote 2||Keynote 4
|15h00 - 15h30|
|15h30 - 16h00||6 x (15 + 5) min participant talks||5 x (15 + 5) min participant talks|
|16h00 - 17h00|
|17h00 - 17h30||Closure|
|17h30 - 19h30||8 x (12 + 3) min participant talks||8 x (12 + 3) min participant talks||8 x (12 + 3) min participant talks|
- Keynote 1 : Douglas Yu
- University of East Anglia - UK, Kunming Institute of Zoology - China
- Reliable, verifiable, and efficient monitoring of biodiversity via metabarcoding
- Keynote 2 : Pierre Taberlet
- LECA - France
- DNA metabarcoding and palaeoenvironments.
- Keynote 3 : Xin Zhou
- BGI - China
- Moving from COI metabarcoding to mitochondrial metabarcoding.
- Keynote 4 : Anthony Chariton
- CSIRO - Australia
- Saltwater inundation in Kakadu Nation Park: can ecogenomics assist in the management of sea-level rise?
Travel and accomodation
ForBio will cover travel, stay at the Skibotn Field Station (including 3 meals of typical Norwegian food per day and a late evening snack), and accommodation at Sydspissen Hotel in Tromsø for 4 days (1 day before and after the school dates plus 2 days during the workshop) for ForBio members. ForBio may also support masters students registered at Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, or Finnish universities who fulfill the prerequisites and need the course for their thesis work.
ForBio will not cover any expenses (e.g., food, travel, or accommodation costs) for other participants who have to be registered as ForBio associates to attend the course and/or workshop. See http://www.forbio.uio.no for more information on ForBio membership. For ForBio associates, the total cost of stay at the Skibotn Field Station for 4 days is estimated at 2116 NOK (256 €) including room and food.
ForBio members and invited participants do not need to reserve or pay for accommodation at the Sydspissen hotel. ForBio will reserve rooms for them and pay the bill directly. All participants, except invited participants, have to buy their own airplane tickets to Tromsø. ForBio members and approved masters student associates will be reimbursed for travel expenses. According to the UiT rules, ForBio members have to use the least expensive tickets available for their travel route. It’s important to keep all receipts and other travel documents (e.g., boarding passes). Without boarding passes, airfare will not be reimbursed. ForBio members will need to fill out the travel expenses form (download the travel expenses form in PDF format in English or Norwegian). The form with the original signature and original receipts (electronic receipts for airfare are acceptable) have to be sent to:
Tromsø University Museum
University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway
PO Box 6050 Langnes
NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway
e-mail: sdrovetski at gmail.com
Important: The form, travel documents, and receipts should arrive no later than 21 April, 2014. Do not forget to fill in birth date/ID-number, bank account number, and sign the form. Those who do not have a Norwegian bank account have to fill an additional form - the foreign bank transfer form (download the foreign bank transfer form in PDF format).
Public transportation in Tromsø
Although there are public buses available in Tromsø, 3 people sharing a taxi will save money and a lot of time.
There are several ways to get from Tromsø airport to Sydspissen hotel using buses. Unfortunately, none of these are straightforward. One way is to take the flybussen (airport bus) to Tromsø center (Saturday and Sunday) or Polaria (Monday-Friday) and then take bus 34 to Sydspissen hotel in the direction of University of Tromsø (Brevica campus). Alternatively, it is possible to take bus 40 or 42 (the bus stop is located behind the parking lot/garage which you can see when exiting the airport building) to Giæverbukta shopping mall and change to bus 34 in the direction of the city center. Bus stops and schedules are provided on this map. The flybussen costs 70 NOK and city buses cost 42 NOK (cash only!).