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EMBO Practical Course

Population genomics: Background, tools, and programming

16 – 25 March 2021 | Virtual

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About the Practical Course

Study methods in population genomics have been profoundly reshaped in the last few years, fostered by the rapid growth of DNA sequence production and sharing. This unprecedented opportunity has led to major steps forward in the field and calls for new approaches and computational skills to become routine in evolutionary genomics laboratories.

Participants will learn fundamental concepts and advanced approaches to reconstruct the demographic history of populations and infer natural selection, using both classic and machine learning-based techniques. Participants will also learn the essential and advanced programming skills required to run the analyses related to the concept presented, with a special focus on machine learning. Keynote lectures focused on major achievements and future perspectives of population genomics will complement the training. Lectures and practicals are delivered by experienced, outstanding and inspiring speakers. We expect participants to become fully confident in running analyses on their own after attending the course.

This EMBO Practical Course aims at evolutionary biologists who already have basic bioinformatics skills. Good knowledge of R is a pre-requisite and knowledge of Python is a plus. Ph.D. students and Postdoc researchers will benefit the most from 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.







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Registration includes access to:

  • all lectures and practical sessions
  • online group discussions
  • poster sessions
  • all course materials

Selection criteria - Registration is closed

  • Lack of previous knowledge on the population genomics tools presented in the course.
  • Solid background in evolutionary genetics, since the course is advanced.
  • Good knowledge of Linux operating system and basic shell commands. This will be a mandatory prerequisite.
  • Stage of the research project: priority will be given to participants with data already available and ready to be analyzed. (Participants data will not be analyzed during the course)
  • Impact of the course for the participant and his/her research group.
  • Submission of an Abstract

Fulfillment of these conditions by participants will be assessed through the registration form.

Ph.D. students and Post-Docs will be favored, and applications from other researchers will be considered in their context. Applications from the same group will be discouraged.

Applications without abstract and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Abstract guidelines

To submit your abstract, please access your course account after registration. The abstract (max 200 words) should describe your research projects, to be presented with a poster during the course.

Poster specifications

Vertical, maximum dimensions 70 cm width x 100 cm height

Additional considerations

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

EMBO Fee Waivers

An additional fee waiver provided by EMBO can be granted to participants working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, or low income economies countries.

Grant funded by SIBE

One grant of 500 EUR covering the registration fee of a post-doc who is a SIBE member has been awarded by the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology (SIBE).

Grant funded by SIGA

One grant of 500 EUR covering the registration fee of two students/post-docs who are SIGA member or work in a lab in which the PI is a SIGA member has been awarded by the Italian Society of Agrarian Genetics (SIGA).

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, etc. to enable parents to attend the virtual meeting uninterrupted. Please contact if 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.

IT support: Giacinto Donvito (INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Bari)



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