11th Summer course on Marine Ecological and Evolutionary GenomicsInternal

MEEG11

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
Start Date: May 25, 2015
End Date: June 5, 2015
Venue: Station Biologique, Roscoff (France)
Contact: Filip Volckaert
E-mail: Filip.Volckaert [at] bio.kuleuven.be
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2014 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €14,000
Funds Granted: €10,000

Manager(s): Jonas Collen
Co-organiser(s): Bernard Kloareg, Matthias Obst, Damien Guiffant, Sarah Bourlat, Nathalie Turque

The course, which covers environmental, population, evolutionary, comparative, meta- and functional genomics, will take place in May/June 2015 at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, France. Emerging topics such as community genomics, real time genomic monitoring and systems biology are being integrated into the syllabus.

The course aims to highlight the key role of marine genomics in understanding the marine environment and ensure an efficient use of its resources. Advanced PhD and Junior Post-doc researchers receive integrated training on marine genomics in a research context. The participants are requested to communicate to their home base on what they have learned during the course. The course will foster interaction amongst staff and students leading to long term interactions and in some cases collaborations. The training will be documented in a report and all lectures will be made available online. 

Staff and students of the 11th Summer course on Marine Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

The 11th MEEG program provided a broad overview of the various approaches in genomics to study ecological and evolutionary aspects of biology. 18 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from across Europe, America and Africa were taught by 9 senior scientists of international standing. The program covered the world of genomics (population genomics structure and connectivity, genotyping by sequencing, using genomics to investigate co-speciation and lateral gene transfers in symbiotic systems, genome annotation and comparative genomics of prokaryotes, comparative genomics of macro-algae genomics and transcriptomics, using contemporary marker gene sequencing approaches in biodiversity research, detecting selection on the sequence level and metagenomics of marine microbes). 

Student interaction is a key focus of the course in order to facilitate future cooperation. The combination of content, organisation, site, students and teachers is considered to be the success of the course. A minority of students had expected more content on metagenomics, but this is an expected result given the diversity of backgrounds and seniorities. The overall content is good and the course can continue with the same basis; the success of the computer labs will be considered.