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EMBO Practical Course

Microbial ecology: Hands-on training in prokaryotic and eukaryotic metagenomics (ICME-9)

02 – 07 September 2018 | Bruxelles, Belgium

  • Registration Deadline
  • 6 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 06 July 2018

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About the Practical Course

Our knowledge of biodiversity has several shortfalls, especially for microscopic organisms, both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Recent developments in molecular biology, focusing on metagenomics of microscopic organisms could allow researchers to address such shortfalls. DNA sequence data from all the genomes of all the organisms found in a given sample will be the focus of the course. Students will learn all the computer-based steps of a typical metagenomic pipeline, specifically on how to handle large datasets, assemble and annotate sequences, and understand how to use them. This approach is pivotal in our current time of biodiversity crisis, when metagenomics is the key for fast, efficient, reliable, and accurate studies addressing biodiversity issues.

This EMBO Practical Course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs, and researchers with some experience in the field of metagenomics and who are seeking to improve their skills. Beginners are also welcome and will be introduced to Linux command Shell and main command line.

 

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Programme

 

Registration

  • Registration Deadline
  • 6 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 06 July 2018

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 400
  • ACADEMIC EUR 400
  • INDUSTRY EUR 1000
  • FOR STUDENTS WITH REDUCED FINANCIAL MEANS EUR 250 (5 participants)

Registration includes:

  • Course registration
  • Course material
  • Accommodation
  • Lunches, coffee breaks
  • Transportation cards
  • Welcome dinner, group excursion, social events

Payment

The selected participants will receive an e-mail with the acceptance letter together with information and details regarding the payment procedure on 22 June 2018.

Payments can be made through bank transfer or Paypal.

Selection criteria

The selection will be based on the curriculum and motivation letter of young career researchers, mostly PhD students and early postdocs, favouring gender balance, and geographic origin from poor or under-represented countries and working groups.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants from any country and any nationality. Additional travel grants are available exclusively for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organisers who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Additional information

Everybody, including speakers, organisers, and students, will be accommodated in the same hotel (Four Points by Sheraton, Brussels). Students will be accommodated in shared double rooms. The organizers will prepare the rooming list based on either gender or indication provided by participants at info@microbeco.org no later than the payment deadline, 6 July 2018.

 

Contact

Dr. Manuela Coci

E-mail: info@microbeco.org

Tel: 0039 347 1373101

 

 

Venue

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Solbosch campus || Building U || room UA6.226

Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50

1050 Bruxelles Belgium

Accommodation

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BRUSSELS

Rue Paul Spaak 15, Bruxelles, 1000, Belgium

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Check-out: 12:00 PM

Transport

Public transportation, including the metro, tram, and bus lines, is a convenient way to travel through Brussels. Metro and bus passes are available for single rides, and on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

FROM THE AIRPORT TO BRUSSELS (city)

From Brussels International Airport Zaventem, it takes about 50 minutes.

Take the train to Brussels and get off at Brussels Central Station:

Belgium RAIL or Brussels METRO

Brussels Airport-Zaventem Station is located on level -1 of the terminal, at a short distance from the arrivals hall (2nd floor) and the departures hall (3rd floor).

From Brussel South Charleroi Airport :

  • Direct bus to Charleroi-South Station (approx. 20 min) and then a train to Brussels Central Station/Brussels Midi Station
  • Brussels City Shuttle is also available every 30 minutes. Information and online purchase of tickets can be found here.

TO THE HOTEL FOUR POINTS by SHERATON

via CITY RAIL

The hotel is a 2 minute walk away from Bailli station.

  • From Brussels Central Station, take Tram 93 towards Legrand Debroux. Exit at Bailli after approximately 10 minutes.
  • From Brussels Midi Station, take Tram 81 towards Montgomery. Exit at Bailli after approximately 17 minutes.

via SUBWAY

The hotel is a few minutes away from Bailli tram station (lines 94 and 81 from Brussels Midi Station) and Louise Metro Station (lines 2 and 6). Approximate fee per ride is 2 EUR (2.50 EUR when purchased inside the vehicle).

TO THE SOLBOSCH CAMPUS

The exact location of the entrance to the building where the computer room is located is here.

From the Hotel Four Points, take the tramway 94 in the direction "Musée du Tram," and exit at the 6th stop ("ULB"). Enter the campus, take the first left and then the first right and walk straight till you reach the "C" entrance of building U (the A entrance is on your left, across the square).

From the Etterbeek train station, take the tramway 25 in front of the station in the direction Bondael Gare and exit on the 4th stop ("ULB"). Then follow the same directions as mentioned above.

About the Area

Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of many of Brussels' historic and cultural attractions including Avenue Louise and its luxury boutiques, the Horta Museum (the largest courthouse in Europe), the Sablon, the nightlife and nearby Rue Neuve, home to one of the main shopping district of the city.

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