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The ninth DNA metabarcoding Spring School in Colombia

Eric Coissac, GONZALEZ Mailyn, TABERLET Pierre

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 ninth edition. This year, it is co-organized and funded by the metabarcoding.org team, Grow Colombia, the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, the Andes University, the Earlham Institute and Ecopetrol in Colombia

The DNA metabarcoding spring school will be held

on October the 31st at Bogota

and from November the 1st to the 6th, 2019 at Villa de Leyva

The school will comprise a symposium in Bogota during the first day followed by lectures and practicals in Villa de Leyva.

All lectures and practicals will be presented in English

The symposium is open to anyone on the basis of a simple registration at the symposium registration.

Candidates for the lectures and practicals must apply by email to the following address:

colombia2019 at metabarcoding.org

Before noon Colombia time on September the 20th, 2019

For the application to the school the email must contain a brief curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation (one page max) 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, participants will have to give a flash talk (5 minutes) about their research and how it is related to DNA metabarcoding. The number of participants to the lectures and practicals of this school is limited to 24. It is compulsory for the participants to the lectures and practicals to also attend the Symposium. The selected participants will receive confirmation of acceptance by Tuesday 24 September.

Main lecturers

Course Schedule

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


The school will take place at the Andes University in Bogota for the first symposium day and at Casa Fundadores in Villa de Leyva for the following day. Transfers between Bogota and Villa de Leyva will be organized by the school.

Attendees of the school will be welcomed in Bogota and will be transferred to Villa de Leyva by bus. Therefore, it will not be possible to arrive after the beginning of the school or to leave before the end.

Cost of the school:

The total cost for the school is estimated to be around 500€. This includes hotels, meals and the return trip between Bogota and Villa de Leyva. The lecture cost are covered by the school organizers. However, participants have to pay for their trip to Bogota. Participants from Colombia have the option to obtain financial support from the Earlham Institute.

To get there:

The symposium will start on the 31th October morning. Therefore, attendees will have to be in Bogota at least on the day before.

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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)
  • Vodka, Bison and Metabarcoding

    31 July 2015, by BRANDNER Melissa

    The start of last month saw the occurrence of the Fifth Metabarcoding Spring School held in Białowieża National Park , Poland. A variety of scientists attended from all over the globe to learn, share and inspire with unique stories of metabarcoding.
    The scientists at the Mammal Research Institute PAS in Białowieża National Park hosted this year’s workshop. And our hats go off to them for the organizational skills, warmth and hospitality. During the week, experienced metabarcoders gave lectures on their trials and tribulations in the field of metabarcoding, sparking conversations between the attendees. The end of the first day saw flash talks from all participants of the event, creating an icebreaker and showing the wide variety of applications for metabarcoding, including, dietary studies, environmental health, fundamental ecology and exploration of rare and ancient habitats.
    Pierre Taberlet (who is rumoured to run 8000 PCR a day!) taught technical aspects such as DNA extraction in (...)

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