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EMBO Practical Course

Bioinformatics and genome analyses

16 – 30 June 2019 | San Michele all'Adige, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 March 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 March 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • Latest by 15 April 2019
  • Payment Deadline

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About the Practical Course

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This EMBO Practical Course will cover a range of genome analyses and their fundamental elements. The first principal theme of the course is comparative genomics, covering genome analysis and exploration, pair-wise and multiple comparisons of genomes and evolutionary inferences (orthologs, paralogs and their classification). The second principal theme of the course is related to Next-Generation Sequencing data analyses, including sequence assembly methods, metagenomics and its applications as well as genomic structural variants.

The main objectives of this EMBO Practical Course are to strengthen skills of students in genomics and bioinformatics on the use of algorithms, key software, statistical and visualization methods, and their various applications in genome studies. The course program is designed to provide a solid theory class followed by practical sessions on each topic, where the same speaker will deliver at least one half-day course of theory and practice. Students will obtain the dexterity to manipulate large data sets in a Unix environment and a basic understanding of scripting and programming skills. Students are assumed to be familiar with the Unix environment. Similar course programs and organizations can be found at this link.

Who can attend the EMBO Practical Course:

This EMBO Practical Course is aimed at motivated PhD students and young researchers from academic Institutions with a background in Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, and/or Biology who are involved in bioinformatics and genome analyses projects. This course is intense; therefore active participation is expected from the students.

Note: A limited number of grants to participate in travel expenses are available.






  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 March 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 March 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • Latest by 15 April 2019
  • Payment Deadline



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation double room based
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Coffee-breaks, Dinners
  • Course material
  • USB flash drive

Note: Unfortunately we will not be able to take into consideration any special requests, unless on the participant’s personal charge.


Payment details will be notified by email to successful applicants

Selection criteria

Twenty (20) full time places are available for this course. Selection will be subject to an evaluation process.

Selection criteria include:

  1. Proven experience in Bioinformatics and Genomics, particularly involving high-throughput data analyses;
  2. Abstract submission;
  3. Familiarity with a Unix environment;
  4. Involvement in Bioinformatics and Genome analyses by a running project (following the submitted abstract);
  5. Clear expressed motivation of the participant, in line with the course topics;
  6. Not more than 15% of the participants are from the same country.

Abstract guidelines

It is mandatory to include in the application form an abstract related to the applicant’s on-going projects.

The abstract should be relevant to the course topics and organized as follows: Background, Materials, Methods, Results (if any), Discussion (preliminary)/Conclusion (if any).

The abstract should not exceed 3000 characters.

Poster specifications

Selected participants will have to introduce themselves and their on-going projects in a short oral presentation during the first session of the course (self-introduction session).

They will also have to bring a poster relevant to their on-going projects. Posters will be displayed thoughout the course.

Detailed instructions will be given to selected participants on how to prepare these documents.

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.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Additional Information

  • Each applicant will have to upload a recent full face picture of him/herself.
  • All participants (students and speakers) will stay and have meals together in the same place.
  • We will not be able to take into consideration any special diet requests, unless on the participant’s personal charge.
  • Students will be lodged based on a double occupancy/room.


Local organizational information should be addressed to:

Scientific organizational aspects should be addressed to:




Fondazione Edmund Mach di San Michele all'Adige

Via E. Mach, 1 38010

S. Michele all'Adige (TN) – ITALY


Accommodation will be provided in double rooms in FEM Boarding House.

The Boarding House accommodates up to 180 students during school time and is used during summer to host guests of international meetings and trainings organized at FEM. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, personal desk space and are supplied with towels and sheets.

Breakfast will be served in the basement of the Guesthouse. Lunches and dinners will be served on site in the Canteen.

The 14-hectare FEM Campus, including school facilities, greenhouses, laboratories, and offices is located in San Michele all’Adige, 16 km north of Trento. San Michele can be reached from Trento by local trains on the Trento-Malè/Mezzana line or by bus. Please visit the Trentino Trasporti website for details.

WIFI access is guaranteed throughout the Campus by the Eduroam educational network. If you are already registered by your home institution, you can use your credentials to connect to the network. A guest wifi-access is also available upon request.



The nearest airport is Verona International airport, connected daily to Roma, Frankfurt, Munich, and London. Other international airports in the area include Bergamo, Venezia, Milano, and Innsbruck. All nearby airports are connected to Trento via train or direct shuttle buses.


Italian (Trenitalia and Italo), German (Deusche Bahn) and Austrian (OBB) trains connect Trento directly to Roma, Verona, Bologna, Firenze, Venezia, and Munich. Travellers from Milan need to change in Verona. Updated information about timetables and tickets are available on the Trenitalia, Italo, Deutsche Bahn and OBB websites.


Local trains connect Trento to San Michele all’Adige. Timetables available here.

From the Trento train station, turn left and walk to the 'Trento Male' train station. Take a train to 'Grumo/San Michele.' Once in San Michele, cross the Adige river over the white pedestrian bridge and use the pedestrian street tunnel. The Fondazione main buildings (including a XIV century monastery now hosting the administrative offices and a XII century cellar) will be on the hill in front of you. The main gate of the FEM campus is 50 meters from the roundabout on the road to Faedo.


Buses run from the Trento Bus Station to San Michele all’Adige. Timetables available here. The Trento bus station is 100 meters from the railway station (turn right at the exit and follow the sidewalk). The bus stop in S. Michele is on the roundabout 50 meters from the main gate of FEM campus.


Drive on the Brennero (A22) motorway and take the San Michele all’Adige exit. Campus is located 2 km eastward.

About the Area

San Michele all’Adige is located in Trentino-South Tyrol, in the heart of the Italian Alps, a region renowned for its excellent wine and beautiful Dolomites mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009). The region is the perfect place for those who love mountaineering and hiking in a natural landscape of incomparable beauty.

For a list of main attractions, events and activities please visit the local tourist information site.

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