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The eighth DNA metabarcoding Spring School in French Guiana

Eric Coissac, SCHIMANN Heidy, ZINGER Lucie

DNA metabarcoding is a rapidly evolving method for assessing biodiversity from environmental DNA and bulk samples. It has a wide range of applications: biodiversity monitoring, animal diet assessment, reconstruction of paleo communities, among others. DNA metabarcoding uses molecular techniques such as PCR and next generation sequencing, and requires a broad range of skills, as it integrates molecular biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and ecology.

The DNA metabarcoding spring school is now in its eighth edition. This year, it is co-organized by the metabarcoding.org team and the Center for the Study of Biodiversity in Amazonia (CEBA) at the Nouragues Scientific Station in French Guiana

The DNA metabarcoding spring school will be held

from October 4th to 11th, 2018

The school will be divided into lectures and practicals.

All the lectures and the practicals will be taught in English

The number of participants to this school is limited to 16.

Candidates can apply for the school by sending an email to the following address :

nouragues2018 at metabarcoding.org

Before August the 3rd, 2018

The email must contain a brief curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation indicating how the applicant’s research will benefit from DNA metabarcoding and what (s)he is hoping to learn from this school. As part of the course, each participant will have to give a flash talk (5 minutes) about their research and how it is related to DNA metabarcoding.

Main lecturers

Course Schedule

The lectures will cover different aspects of DNA metabarcoding. The bioinformatics practicals will introduce data analysis from raw sequences to basic ecological conclusions. The molecular ecology practical will present basic techniques for DNA extraction in the field and DNA amplification by PCR.


The school will take place at the Nouragues Scientific Station, in the middle of the Amazonian forest in French Guiana.

This location has accommodation for all participants in “carbet”. This is not a classical hotel with all the associated services. You will have to bring your hamac and mosquito net. For details on how to fill your luggages (clothes, shoes, insect repellants, etc.), carefully read the Nouragues web site, or contact by email Philippe Gaucher for further information.

Attendees will be taken in charge at the Cayenne city center and will be transported to the field station by pirogues or helicopters. Therefore it will no be possible to arrive after the beginning of the school or to leave before the end.

For leaving the field station at the end of the school, a four hours walk to reach the river will have to be done.

Cost of the school:

The return trip between Cayenne and the field station, the fees to stay at the field station including the meals and the lecture cost are taken in charge by the school organisation. Participants have to pay for their trip up to Cayenne and for their stay in Cayenne before and after the school.

To get there:

The appointment for the trip to the Nouragues field station is set on October the 4th early in the morning. Therefore attendees will have to be at Cayenne at least the day before. Participants will have to reach Cayenne on their own.

Direct flight are available daily from Paris to the Cayenne-Félix Eboué Airport. The two major companies offering these flights are : Air Caraïbes and Air France. Other flights are also available from few cities. The following link resume the main international connections to Cayenne.

For some countries, France requires a Schenguen entry visa, to be arranged before the travel.

Yellow Fever vaccination

and the corresponding International Vaccin certificat

are Mandatory

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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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