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


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  • 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
Gipsi Lima Mendez
Gipsi Lima MendezUniversité Libre de Bruxelles, BE
Jeroen Raes
Jeroen RaesVIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE
Isabelle George
Isabelle George
Roland Marmeisse
Roland MarmeisseUniversité Lyon 1
Grazia Marina Quero
Grazia Marina QueroStazione Zoologica A. Dohrn
Ilario Tagliaferri
Ilario TagliaferriCineca
Eulalia Banguera
Eulalia Banguera
Anna Espinoza Tofalos
Anna Espinoza Tofalos
Oscar Cornejo
Oscar Cornejo