13th Summer course on Marine Ecological and Environmental GenomicsInternal

MEEG2017

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
, Type: Course
Start Date: June 5, 2017
End Date: June 16, 2017
Host: UPMC
Venue: Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR), Roscoff, France
Contact: Jonas Collén
E-mail: collen [at] sb-roscoff.fr
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2016 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €10,000
Funds Granted: €5,000

Manager(s): Jonas Collen
Co-organiser(s): Damien Guiffant, Nathalie Turque
Application/registration deadline: April 3, 2017
Registration website: https://meeg2017.sciencesconf.org/

Scope

18 students of at least the level of second year PhD training will participate in this course, which aims to demonstrate the key role of marine genomics for the understanding of the marine ecosystem and its organisms, and for an efficient and sustainable use of its resources. The course is also open to particpants external to EuroMarine.

Topic

The course covers environmental, population, evolutionary, comparative, meta- and functional genomics. All levels of biodiversity are discussed; the course includes cases from marine bacteria, phytoplankton, macrophytes and animals. Emerging topics such as community genomics, real-time genomic monitoring and systems biology are being integrated.

Objectives

The course Marine Ecological and Environmental Genomics aims to demonstrate the key role of marine genomics for the understanding of the marine ecosystem and its organisms, and for an efficient and sustainable use of its resources. The MEEG summer course was initiated within the EU network of excellence Marine Genomics Europe. With the years it has carefully tracked the developments in the field of genomics. Because of the high level of the students, student-student interaction is also a key point in creating a dynamic learning environment.

Expected Outcomes

The most important outcome is that 18 young researchers receive an integrated training on marine genomics in a research context. The participants are requested by the organizers to communicate to their home base through a seminar on what they have learned during the course. Interactions are fostered between staff and students, and among students on their interests and research. This leads to long term interactions, and in some cases collaborations.

The training course will be documented through a report of some 40 pages including the program, inventory of all lectures and tutorials (with suggested reading), and an evaluation by staff and students based on a questionnaire distributed at the end of the course. During the course, all lectures are made available online a few days before each class.

The 13th Summer Course on Marine Evolutionary & Ecological Genomics took place at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, France between 5 and 16 June 2017. The course was taught to 17 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from across three continents and several countries. The program involved a broad overview of various approaches in genomics to study ecological and evolutionary aspects of marine biology. It was slightly modified from the previous year in order to appeal more to an ecological and evolutionary interest group. Each day was dedicated to a topic of genomics, with background and conceptual aspects taught in the morning and a computer practical in theafternoon. At the end of the course a satisfaction survey was organised, and received very positive reviews from the students.