Ecole Thematique FieldEpiGenExternal

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
Start Date: June 25, 2018
End Date: June 29, 2018
Venue: Perpignan, France
Website: Ecole Thematique FieldEpiGen website
Contact: Christoph Grunau
E-mail: christoph.grunau [at]

This CNRS funded summer school aims to provide training for those interested in using population epigenetics, starting with sampling and experimental strategies over experimental acquisition of data, and data analysis and eventually publication writing. It is anticipated to generate publication ready data during the school. The course will take place in the Mediterranean city of Perpignan providing an inspiring frame for sunny working days and late-night discussions over local beverages and cuisine. Training will be provided by scientists with a strong background in the field and highest international reputation. Official languages are French and English.

The list of speakers for the school are as follows: 

Ronaldo Augusto, Postdoc researcher at UPVD, working on the development of a very sensitive method to study chromatin profiles for the FUGI Consortium (Wellcome Trust Strategic Award).

Celine Cosseau, maître de conferences at UPVD, pioneered work on epigenetics in a wide range of non-model organisms (especially mollusc species) and has a strong experience in diverse epigenetic techniques (BS-Seq, ChIP-Seq, ATAC-Seq).

Patrice David, CNRS evolutionary biologist studies the evolution of mating systems and community eco-evolutionary dynamics through experimental, molecular, field, and theoretical approaches. He teaches quantitative genetics and has a strong interest in epigenetics.

Christoph Grunau, Professor for Epigenetics at UPVD, scientific head of the RTP “Epigenetics in Ecology and Evolution”, pioneered work on bisulfite sequencing and works currently on chromatin profiling from ultra-low input material

Etienne Danchin, CNRS Emeritus Research Director, expert in nongenetic inheritance including epigenetic and cultural inheritance. He recently proposed an original mechanism of genetic assimilation as a major component of the long sought inclusive evolutionary synthesis. In terms of data acquisition, he mainly works with insect models.

Marie Mirouze, IRD scientist, expert in epigenetic control of transposable elements in plants. She developed mobilome-seq, a NGS strategy to identify actively jumping transposable elements in plant and animal samples. She is now using Nanopore long read sequencing to characterize structural variants and genomic stability.

Oliver Rey, Associate professor at UPVD, whose research mainly focus on adaptive processes and the underlying molecular mechanisms in natural populations combining field work, experimental biology, genetics and more recently epigenetics.

Koen Verhoeven, Senior scientist at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (Wageningen, Netherlands). Works on epigenetic inheritance in ecological systems and non-model plant species, especially asexual plant lineages. Coordinator of the Marie Curie research and training network ‘EpiDiverse’ on ecological plant epigenetics.

Jeremie Vidal-Dupiol, Researcher in genomics and epigenomics at Ifremer. Scientific head of the theme “host adaptability” in the MIMM team (IHPE laboratory). Past work in epigenetics and intragenerationnal adaption to environmental changes, currently interested in population epigenomics.