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Project Description

EMBO Practical course -9 ICME

2 -7 September 2018, Brussels (Belgium)

EMBO practical course- Microbial ecology: Hands-on training in prokaryotic and eukaryotic metagenomics (ICME-9)

Course Description

We have the pleasure to announce that the ICME9 has been granted by EMBO. Official page with programme, subscription and deadlin :



REGISTRATION FEE: 400 euro including Course material- Accommodation – Lunches, coffee breaks – Transportation cards- Welcome dinner, group excursion, social events. 5 registration fees at 25o euro are possibile for students with reduced financial means.

TRAVEL GRANTS:  EMBO travel grants are available for participants from any country and any nationality. Additional travel grants are available exclusively for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. Request of travel grant should be indicated in the registration form.

  • Topics  and technique

  • Metagenomic Sequencing: history, application and project planning

  • Assembly, Binning and Annotation: Theory and hands-on training


Diego Fontaneto
Diego FontanetoCNR-ISE Institute of Ecosystem Study

Diego Fontaneto is a researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, with a broad interest in biodiversity analyses. His main research topic is on patterns and processes originating and maintaining biological diversity, using as a test case microscopic animals, mostly rotifers.

Jean-François Flot
Jean-François FlotUniversité libre de Bruxelles

Jean-François Flot did a master in Biochemistry in Paris and a second master in Chemistry, Biology and Marine Sciences in Okinawa before receiving in 2008 his PhD in Molecular Systematics from the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris.  After several postdoctoral stints in Göttingen, Namur and London, he became in 2015 an associate professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles where he heads a research group called ‘Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics’.  His research interests include theoretical and bioinformatic aspects of species delimitation, assembly of polymorphic/heterozygous genomes, metagenomics (notably using chromosome conformation capture), experimental evolution and evolutionary genomics

Andrea Franzetti
Andrea Franzetti University of Milan Bicocca

Andrea Franzetti received the Msc and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Milano – Bicocca, Italy in 2000 and 2007, respectively. He was “FEMS fellow” at the Ulster University (UK) in 2005/2006 and Visiting Research in 2012/2013 at Soderton University (Sweden). He joined the University of Milano Bicocca in 2008 as a research fellow and is currently associate professor of microbiology at the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His main scientific interests are the mechanisms and application of pollutants biodegradation in natural environments, and the ecological processes assembling the microbial community in extreme environments. He has published more that 60 papers on these topics in peer review journals.

Manuela Coci
Manuela CociMicrob&co

Manuela Coci received the Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology from the NIOO-Institute of Ecosystem Study in the Netherlands. Her early scientific interests regarded the microbial  process involved in ammonia-oxidation in aquatic environments, as well as the impact the ecological aspect of antibiotic resistance in the environments. She founded and manage Microb&co through which 9 international courses in Microbial Ecology were organized and 2 EMBO events.  The strengthening of the network of Microbial ecologists provided unique opportunity of growth  to young researchers which The dissemination of science involved also not experts and the public opinion recipients of  the awareness campaign “Drink less plastic”.

Keynote speakers

Karine Van Doninck
Karine Van DoninckUniversity of Namur, BE

work in progress

Gipsi Lima Mendez
Gipsi Lima MendezUniversité Libre de Bruxelles, BE

work in progress

Jeroen Raes
Jeroen RaesVIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE

work in progress

Isabelle George
Isabelle George

Isabelle George obtained her FRS-FNRS PhD at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium in 2001, worked as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the BioCentrum, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark in 2001-2003, as a FRS-FNRS Postdoctoral researcher in the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium in 2004-2010, and became an Associate Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2010. Her overall research activity is aimed at understanding and predicting the spatio-temporal dynamics of aquatic bacterial communities in human-impacted environments. For that purpose, she uses marker gene metagenomics (based on 16S rRNA tag amplification), full shotgun metagenomics (whole metagenome sequencing) and targeted, library-based metagenomics.

Roland Marmeisse
Roland MarmeisseUniversité Lyon 1

Roland Marmeisse is a CNRS senior research scientist at the Microbial Ecology research laboratory of the University of Lyon (France); he is also an invited researcher at the University of Turin in Italy. His main research topics deal with functions performed by communities of eukaryotic microorganisms (fungi, ‘protists’) in soil and how they are impacted by plant cover and ecosystem disturbance (soil pollution, climate change). Targeted functions encompass plant organic matter degradation, soil nutrient cycling and resistance to pollutants. To track microbial activities performed in soil he has developed and implemented environmental genomic approaches (metatranscriptomics) specifically targeting eukaryotic microorganisms

Grazia Marina Quero
Grazia Marina QueroStazione Zoologica A. Dohrn

Grazia Marina Quero received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Bari, Italy, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Marine Science of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISMAR, Venezia, Italy) from 2013 to 2017, then moved to a fixed-term researcher position at Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn” (Naples, Italy) in September 2017. Her research investigates prokaryotic communities in marine and lagoon ecosystems, with a focus on the biodiversity as well as ecological and biogeochemical roles of marine prokaryotes in coastal to deep-sea ecosystems using metagenomic tools, especially metabarcoding (high-throughput sequencing of 16S rDNA gene). She is also interested in studying the ecology and fate of faecal indicator bacteria in aquatic systems, by integrating different tools.

Ilario Tagliaferri
Ilario TagliaferriCineca

Ilario Tagliaferri  received the MSc in Biology from the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2013. From 2014 to 2016 he worked as a recipient of scholarship in University of Milano-Bicocca in the field of environmental microbiology. From 2016 he works in CINECA as a bioinformatician. CINECA is a non profit Consortium, made up of 70 Italian universities, 8 Italian Research Institutions and the Italian Ministry of Education. Today it is the largest Italian computing centre, one of the most important worldwide. It develops advanced Information Technology applications and services, acting like a trait-d’union between the academic world, the sphere of pure research and the world of industry and Public Administration.

Eulalia Banguera
Eulalia Banguera