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The fifth DNA metabarcoding Spring School at Białowieża

Eric Coissac, Jan M. WOJCIK, Rafal KOWALCZYK, TABERLET Pierre

DNA metabarcoding is a rapidly evolving method for assessing biodiversity from environmental DNA. It has a wide range of applications: biodiversity monitoring, animal diet assessment, reconstruction of paleo communities, among others. DNA metabarcoding relies on molecular techniques such as PCR and next generation sequencing, and requires bioinformatics and biostatistics competence to analyze sequencing results. This approach integrates several scientific areas and requires a broad range of skills, in addition to the classical ecological knowledge related to the considered research topic.

The DNA metabarcoding spring school is now in its fifth edition and this year it is co-organized by the metabarcoding.org team and the Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża, Poland.

The DNA metabarcoding spring school will hold from the 1st to 5th of June 2015.

Participants can register for the school (24 places) by sending an email to the following address :

The email must contain a brief curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation indicating how your researches are related to DNA metabarcoding and what you are hoping from this school. As part of the course program, each participant is required to give a flash talk (5 minutes) about its research and how it is related to DNA metabarcoding.

Registration deadline is 15 April 2015

Main lecturers

  • Marta de Barba (LECA, CNRS, France)
  • Aurélie Bonin (LECA, CNRS, France)
  • Frédéric Boyer (LECA, CNRS, France)
  • Antony Chariton (CSIRO, Australia)
  • Eric Coissac (LECA, CNRS, France)
  • Håvard Kauserud (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Dorota Porazinska (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Pierre Taberlet (LECA, France)
  • Douglas Yu (Eastanglia, UK / Kunming Institute of Zoology, China)
  • Lucie Zinger (EDB, CNRS, France)

Course Schedule

The school will consist of a series of lectures and practicals introducing different aspects of DNA metabarcoding. Bioinformatics practicals will introduce data analysis from raw sequences to basic ecological conclusions. Molecular ecology practical will present basic technics for DNA extraction in field condition and DNA amplification by PCR.

Provisional planning
June 1st
June 2nd
June 3rd
June 4th
June 5th
8h00 - 9h00 Welcome lecture

presentation of the Mammal Research Institute PAS

Rafal Kowalczyk

Environmental monitoring

Anthony Chariton

Co-occurrence and Interaction networks

Anthony Chariton

9h00 - 10h00 DNA metabarcoding introduction

Pierre Taberlet


Group A : Metabarcdong sampling
Group B : Bioinfo 1

Diet analysis

Marta de Barba

DNA metabarcoding of nematodes communities
Dorota Porazinska

Group A: Bialowieza forest and its ecosystem
Group B: Bioinfo 3

10h00 - 10h30
Coffe Break
10h30 - 11h30 Metabarcode design

Eric Coissac


Group A : Metabarcdong sampling
Group B : Bioinfo 1

Biodiversity Patterns

Lucie Zinger

Lecture 11 Practical

Group A: Białowieża forest and its ecosystem
Group B: Bioinfo 3

11h30 - 12h30 The earth micro biome project

Dorota Porazinska

Metabarcoding and Mitogenomics

Douglas Yu

Microbiology DNA metabarcoding

Håvard Kauserud

12h30 - 14h00
14h00 - 17h30 24 x 5 min flash presentation Practical

Group A : Bioinfo 1
Group B : Metabarcodng sampling


Group A: DNA extraction / PCR
Group B: Bioinfo 2


Group A: Bioinfo 2

Group B: DNA extraction / PCR


Group A: Bioinfo 3

Group B: Białowieża forest and its ecosystem

Travel and accomodation

To join Białowieża, the easiest way is to reach Warsaw airport. According to the number of participant, we will propose to you the most convenient solution to travel from Warsaw to Białowieża the Sunday 31h of March afternoon.

Accommodation will be provided in double bedrooms at the guesthouse located in the park close to the place of the school. Meals will be served at the same place at the Parkowa restaurant.

Workshop Costs

There are no registration fees for the workshop. Participants will have to pay for their accommodation, meals and travel expenses. The cost for accommodation and meals for 6 days is estimated to 1500 PLN ( 360€).

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Editorial board
  • BRANDNER Melissa
    • University of Nordland
    • Bodø (Norway)
  • BROCHMANN Christian
    • National Centre for Biosystematics
    • Oslo (Norway)
  • CHARITON Anthony
    • CSIRO Land and Water
    • Lucas Heights NA (Australia)
  • DEAGLE Bruce
    • University of Victoria
    • Victoria (Canada)
  • Eric Coissac
    • LECA
    • Grenoble (France)
  • KASAPIDIS Panagiotis
    • Hellenic Center for Marine Research
    • Irakleion, Crete (Greece)
    • Université de Genève
    • Genève 4 (Switzerland)
  • TABERLET Pierre
    • LECA,
    • Grenoble (France)
    • Centre for GeoGenetics
    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • ZINGER Lucie
    • IBENS
    • Paris (France)
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