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EMBO Practical Course

Integrated multi-omic analyses of microbial communities

23 – 29 April 2022 | Luxembourg

  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 February 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 March 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 March 2022

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About the Practical Course

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Microbiome research efforts have endeavoured to resolve the genomic complement of mixed microbial communities. Building on this, the characterization of additional “omes”, e.g., metatranscriptome, metaproteome, and metametabolome, provides synergistic information to further our functional understanding of individual members of the microbial communities as well as of their interactions.

This EMBO Practical Course is aimed at early-stage researchers (PhD students, early PostDocs) with prior expertise in one (or more) of these “omes” who are planning to perform multi-omics studies of microbiota. Participants will receive dedicated training on how to integrate the discrete omic data and how linking all this information can provide novel insights into microbiological systems. The course should assist them in experimental design, method selection, and data analysis.

The on-site week of full-day courses will be preceded by online lectures which introduce specific topics, so the participants have time to familiarize themselves with the foundations of the course. During the on-site course, advanced lectures on the individual topics and techniques will be followed by hands-on training on state-of-the-art computational analysis tools, thereby enabling the participants to immediately apply the newly gained knowledge.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own experimental plans and/or data for discussions and for receiving feedback. Special emphasis will be put on the demonstration and implementation of practices for reproducible computational research.

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 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 March 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 March 2022



Registration includes:

  • Access to all course materials, including access to online preparation lectures given in April 2022 by the trainers prior to the on-site course.
  • Food and lodging for the duration of the course in Alvisse Parc Hotel
  • Social event (depending on the then-current situation)


Payment details will be sent by e-mail to the selected participants.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on a motivation letter and a short academic CV, possibly including publications. Please upload a motivation letter and short academic CV, possibly including publications.

Applicants are expected to perform research on mixed microbial communities and have experience with the computational analysis of at least one meta-“ome”.

In the motivation letter, please answer the following questions:

  1. How will your research project and future plans benefit from your participation in this course? Shortly introduce your research project and highlight the relevance of multi-omics analyses in this project.
  2. What is your experience with single- or multi- metaomics? Highlight your skills and expertise, previous training and level of proficiency in computational methods.

The organizers will give early-stage researchers precedence and strive to reach balance in terms of gender and geographical location of the home institutes.

Poster specifications

Poster in standard formats can be accommodated.

Travel grants

Due to the increased overall costs linked to the implemented Sanitary Plan, travel grants can only be offered to participants from Chile, India, Singapore, or Taiwan as per EMBO’s guidelines for this course.

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.



Sophie Wagner
Tel: +352 46 66 44 59 23

Cedric Laczny
Tel: +352 46 66 44 90 70




Alvisse Parc Hotel
120, Route d’Echternach, L-1453 Luxembourg
TEL: +352 43 56 43
FAX: +352 43 69 03

Parc Hotel Alvisse 4* is located in the middle of the forest at 5-10 minutes from Luxembourg’s city center, Luxembourg’s airport and Kirchberg Plateau (Luxembourg’s business hub).


Accommodation will be booked and managed by the organizer for all participants.

The organizer will cover the cost for single rooms for the duration of the course as part of the Sanitary Plan.

The hotel offers rooms for guests with reduced mobility. Please contact the organizer directly in the case of special needs.

Room description

The hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access.

Participants will be accommodated in single rooms (1 participant per room) which includes:

• Breakfast

• Free entrance to the wellness center (gym, hamam, sauna, pools)

• Free on-site parking

Moreover, the surrounding forest will be very appreciated by runners and hikers.

Room fees will be covered from 22 to 29 April 2022 included.
Additional nights will have to be covered by the participants (prices potentially subject to change).

- Price single room: 101€ per night

- Price double room: 121€ per night

Sanitary plan

The venue implements specific sanitary plans which follow the recommendations of the Luxembourg government health rules.

A mask mandate is in place (December 2021) when a distance of 2m to people not living under the same roof cannot be guaranteed. Please bring your own masks; we strongly encourage the use of disposable surgical masks or FFP2/KN96/N95 masks and at the least daily disposal of the worn mask on that day.

This course will be organized as a CovidCheck event with the additional requirement that participants must be fully vaccinated and boostered. Participants need to provide proof upon acceptance of their application. The vaccinations will have to comply with national guidelines, i.e., will need to be officially approved/accepted in Luxembourg. As an additional cautionary measure, we will distribute lateral flow tests for mandatory daily testing prior to each course day. We will closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and inform participants about changes in requirements.


Public transport

Travelling on public transport in Luxembourg is free. You don’t need a ticket to board the tram and national buses or trains (except first class).

For information on protective measures around COVID on public transport, please click here.

Please visit Luxembourg Airport website and the Mobilitéitszentral for up-to-date itineraries and detailed information. We provide examples below:

From Luxembourg Findel Airport

1) Fastest option: take bus 16 towards “Bertrange, Ecole Européenne II” and stop at “Centre, Fondation Pescatore”.Then take bus 100 towards “Junglinster, Op der Gare” and stop at “Dommeldange, Dauschbuer”. Finally, walk 100 m to the venue.

2) Take take bus 16 towards “Bertrange, Ecole Européenne II” and stop at “Kirchberg, Jean Monnet. Then take bus 25 towards “Dommeldange, Gare routière”, stop at “Dommeldange, Van der Meulen” and then walk 15 min to the hotel.

There are other longer options available, depending on your time of arrival, please visit the Mobilitéitszentral website to calculate the best itinerary.

From Luxembourg Central Train Station

1) Take Luxtram T1 towards “Kirchberg, Luxexpo” and stop at “Limpertsberg, Theater (Tram)”, then walk to “Limpertsberg, Theater Quai 2 (Bus)”. From there, take bus 100 towards “Junglinster, Op der Gare” and exit at “Dommeldange Dauschbuer”. Then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel (100 m).

2) Go to Quai 1 and take bus 10 towards “Steinsel, Michel Rodange Plaz”, stop at “Badanstalt” then take bus 100 towards “Junglinster, Op der Gare” and exit at “Dommeldange Dauschbuer”. Then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel (100 m).

Travelling by car

From Germany (Trier)

Take the A1 toward Luxembourg then take the exit onto A7/E29/E421 toward Ettelbruck/Echternach. After 1.5 km take the exit toward CR126/Walferdange/E421/Echternach/Junglinster. Then turn left onto Route d’Echternach and continue for 3 km.

From Belgium (Arlon)

Follow the A6 toward Luxembourg and take exit 4-Strassen to merge onto Route d’Arlon toward Strassen (on the right). After 200m turn right into Rue du Reckenthal/CR230. After 3 km turn left into Rue de Rollingergrund/N55. After 2.1 km use the right lane to turn left onto Place François-Joseph Dargent. Finally, take the first street right into Rue Auguste Laval/E421 and continue for 2.2 km on Route d’Echternach until you reach the venue.

From France (Metz-Thionville)

Merge onto A31 and continue onto A3 for 11.3 km toward Luxembourg. At the fork, use the right lane to keep right and continue on E25 and follow signs for E29/E44/Aéroport/Trier/A1/, then continue for 8.5 km.

At the interchange Croix de Gasperich, use the right lane to follow signs for Aéroport/A7/Trier/Ettelbruck/Echternach.

Keep right to stay on E29 and then continue onto A7. Finally take the exit toward CR126/Walferdange/E421/Echternach/Junglinster. After 400m turn left onto Route d’Echternach and follow the road for 3 km.

About the Area

Alvisse Parc Hotel is surrounded by the forest at only 5-10 minutes by car from Luxembourg’s Airport (Findel) and from Luxembourg’s business hub called Kirchberg. The Central Train Station and city center are only 10 minutes away by car.

The bus N. 100 stop in front of the hotel and bring you directly to the Central Train Station, passing by the city center.

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