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EMBO Practical Course

Population Genomics: background and tools

18 – 26 May 2017 | Napoli, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 February 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 February 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 March 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 March 2017

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About the Practical Course

Study methods in population genomics have been profoundly reshaped in the last few years thanks to the growing availability of complete genomic sequences at population level. The rapid and recent growth of data and methods calls for new approaches to become routine in evolutionary genomics laboratories. The objective of this EMBO Practical Course is to give an overview of state of the art methods in population genomics combining lecturing from outstanding experienced population geneticists and software developers. All conceptual innovation will be presented in lectures and applied in practice both individually and in group work.

Practicals includes computer exercises supervised by lecturers and training assistants. After attending the course participants will be aware of up-to-date concepts in population genetics, capable of running analyses using software based on whole genome data sequences and able to deal with basic aspects of any population genomics project. This EMBO Practical Course aims at evolutionary biologists who already have bioinformatics skills. PhD students and Post-Doc researchers will benefit the most out of this course, but applications from all candidates will be evaluated in their context.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 February 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 February 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 March 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 March 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in shared room for 8 nights (18/05/2017-25/05/2017)
  • Catering (lunches, coffee breaks, wine and cheese reception, dinners)
  • Day trip to Procida island


Information on payment will be sent to participants by email after they are selected.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on:

  • Solid background in evolutionary biology and population genetics.
  • Familiarity with Unix commands. A significant proportion of the course will be computer-based using command line tools in the Unix environment, therefore, in order to gain maximum benefit from the course all attendees will be required to have basic unix skills. This means applicants must at a minimum be able to move easily around the file system and make directories (e.g. pwd, cd, ls, mkdir), manage files (e.g. cp, mv, ln, rm, less, head, tail, wc) and search with grep.
  • Applicants with a dataset ready to be analysed in their own research project will be given priority.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract guidelines: max 200 words.

Abstracts should describe participants’ research projects to be presented with a poster during the course. Applications without abstract will not be considered. To submit the abstract access your course account after registration.

Poster specifications

Poster specifications: vertical, maximum dimensions A0 (119 X 84cm)

Other information

Practical sessions will be run on the HPC of the CNR-Naples. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop; if not possible, this should be declared during registration.

Students will share rooms in the same hotel where participants and trainers will be accommodated.

It is essential that students remain for the whole length of the course, partial attendance will not be considered.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. 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 organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Administrative support:

Anna Aliperti, Donatella Jesu, Giuliano Rossi (Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, CNR, Napoli, IT)

IT Support

Claudia Rallo, Mario Aversano, Pasquale Elefante (Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, CNR, Napoli, IT)

Giacinto Donvito, Stefano Nicotri ( Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Bari, IT)



Vincenza Colonna


Phone: +39 0816 132 254

Allegra Via


Phone: +39 0649 694 287




National Research Council

Institute of Genetics and Biophysics

via P. Castellino 111





Participants and speakers will be accommodated at the Hotel Neapolis in the heart of the historic city centre. The hotel has comfortable rooms and it is equipped for people with different abilities. Invited speakers and organizers will be accommodated in single rooms while students will be accommodated in shared twin rooms. Breakfast is included. Course venue is reachable by metro Linea1, from the hotel it is a 5 minute walk to Dante station.




The central train stations is "Napoli Centrale" or "Napoli Piazza Garibaldi" (the same location). To book a train there are two train companies: Trenitalia and Italo. The train station is connected to the city by the metro Linea1.


From the International Airport Napoli Capodichino there are two ways to reach the city centre or the train station:

Bus - There is a bus called Alibus that you can take at the airport. Tickets are available on board (4 euros, only cash) or at the newspaper/souvenir shop in the airport ground floor (3 euros) and are valid for metro as well. The bus has two stops: first Piazza Garibaldi i.e. by the central train station, and second is by the city harbour where ships for the gulf islands leave.

Taxi - Ask for “tariffa predeterminata” (fixed fare) if you are going to one of the zones included in the offer. For the city centre or the train station it costs 16 euros, for Vomero area 23 euros. It is mandatory for taxi drivers to apply the fixed fare if required. Ask for the cost before starting the ride.


The CNR is right outside the exit Montedonzelli of the metro Linea1. Check this website for more details. Once at the CNR reception you will find indications for the course. To enter the building it is mandatory to sign a registry of presence at the reception. You will be asked to sign when you enter for the first time in the morning and when you leave in the evening. This is a security requirement.

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