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EMBO Practical Course

Integrated multi-omic analyses of microbial communities

16 – 23 March 2020 | Luxembourg

This EMBO Practical Course has been postponed to a later date due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 January 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 24 January 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 February 2020

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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. Lectures introducing 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.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 January 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 24 January 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 February 2020



Registration includes:

  • Access to all course materials
  • Food and lodging for the duration of the course in Alvisse Parc Hotel
  • Social event
  • Participants will share a room. Options to upgrade to a single room are available upon request.


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 CV. 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

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.



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 shared (twin) rooms for the duration of the course. Any upgrade from shared to single room and any additional night will have to be covered by the participant.

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 share a comfortable twin room (2 people 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.

Participants who wish to upgrade their booking are requested to contact the organizer directly. A supplementary cost of 67,50 € per night will be charged (prices potentially subject to change).

Room fees will be covered from 15 to 23 March 2020 included. Additional nights will have to be covered by the participants (prices potentially subject to change).

- Price single room: 97€ per night

- Price double room: 117€ per night


Public transport

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

From Luxembourg Findel Airport

Take bus 16 towards “Hesperange, Cité Um Schlass” and stop at “Luxembourg/Centre, Paris/Zitha”.

Then you have 2 options:

1) Take bus 110 towards “Echternach, Gare Centre à Junglinster-Gare” and exit at “Dommeldange Dauschbuer”. Then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.

2) Take bus 111 towards “Echternach, Gare Centre à Junglinster-Gare” and exit at “Dommeldange Dauschbuer”. Then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.

From Luxembourg Central Train Station

You have 2 options:

1) Take bus 195 towards “Kirchberg, Rehazenter” and stop at “Centre, Fondation Pescatore”, then walk to “Centre, Badeanstalt”. From there, take bus 100 towards “Diekirch, Gare” and exit at “Dommeldange Dauschbuer”. Then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.

2) Take bus 111 towards “Echternach, Gare Centre” and stop at “Dommeldange Dauschbuer”, then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.

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 buses N. 110 and 111 stop in front of the hotel and bring you directly to the Central Train Station, passing by the city center.

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