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EMBO Practical Course

Tree building: Advanced concepts and practice of phylogenetic analysis

24 – 29 September 2018 | Faro, Portugal

  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2018

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About the Practical Course

The use of phylogenetic methods to reconstruct the evolutionary history of molecular sequences is a vital part of biological research. These methods underpin studies on the evolution and epidemiology of plant and animal parasites and disease-causing organisms, and more generally they allow an objective analysis of the patterns and processes generating biological diversity. To carry out phylogenetic analysis properly, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the key methods and approaches. This EMBO Practical Course has been designed to provide the theoretical and practical skills needed to carry out state-of-the-art phylogenetic analyses.

The past few years have seen have an explosion in new methods of analysis including the application of Bayesian analysis methods, the development of improved non-stationary models that better represent the dynamics of sequence evolution, the application of population genetic theory to phylogenies through the use of multispecies coalescent, and the development of methods for high-throughput genome-wide analyses. This EMBO Practical Course has been designed to cater for these newest methods and for understanding how they relate to the more traditional methods. Our goal is to teach technical sophistication without losing sight of the need for a critical attitude to data and analyses.

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
  • 30 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2018



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation 23 – 29 Sept 2018 inclusive (7 nights)
  • Lunch and coffee
  • Dinner, including Welcoming Dinner and Gala
  • Transport to and from hotel to UALG campus (Gambelas)
  • Registration administration
  • Course materials


Successful applicants will be sent payment details by e-mail. Payment will be by bank transfer and is expected to have been completed by 31 July 2018.

Selection criteria

Participants will be early-career postdoctoral researchers and advanced PhD students who will be chosen on merit, as judged from a motivational letter, CV, and abstract for a 10 minute oral presentation. The selection procedure will also consider the need to balance numbers of participants representing different nationalities, to avoid over-representation from the host country (Portugal), to include a majority of participants resident in EMBC countries, and to maintain a reasonable gender balance.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract for a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation that each student will present (200 words).

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.



Cymon J. Cox





Centro de Ciencia do Mar (CCMAR),

Universidade do Algarve,

Campus de Gambelas,

Faro, Portugal


Hotel accommodation (7 nights, with breakfast) will be provided in central Faro close to the marina and shopping area. We will try to accommodate all participants in single rooms but most likely participants will be asked to share 2 to a room.


The host institute, CCMAR at the University of the Algarve (UAlg), Faro, is 5 km from the international airport (FAO). The venue can also be reached from Lisbon by taking a train to the Faro railway station, or via major roads in Portugal and Spain.

About the Area

See these websites for further information about the Algarve and Faro areas.

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