Thursday, March 5, 2015

From the inbox: DNA Metabarcoding Spring School

The fifth DNA metabarcoding Spring School at Białowieża

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 team and the Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża, Poland.

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

Participants can register for the school (24 places) by sending an email.

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

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