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MGE Summer Course on Marine Evolutionary & Ecological Genomics

Location: Station Biologique de Roscoff (France)
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2008-07-16    
End Date: 2008-07-27

Event Description:
Aims to give an introduction on genomic approaches to analyze genetic variation and adaptation at the species and population level in the ocean.

Target group PhD students (at least in their second year) and post docs with a solid knowledge in phylo- and/or population genetics. This course is open to MGE members as well as non-members.

Costs; course, accommodation and meals
• The course fee is paid by the MGE Network for all academics (pre and post doc). Lunches and coffees are included in the course fee as well as the excursion (incl dinner) and farewell dinner.
• All participants pay their own accommodation and travel.
• Participants are offered to be accommodated at the SBR guesthouse which is situated directly at the institute. The cost for this is €13 per night in double room incl. breakfast. The guesthouse can also offer supper for a cost of €5.50 per person and meal.

To apply, please fill in the application form and e-mail to Ulrika Hjelm (, together with a 2-paged CV before April 14, 2008. This information + application form can also be found on the MGE website: under Training & Education.

16 participants will be selected by the following criteria:

1. Relation to network
2. Relevance of project for the course
3. Background and experience of applicant

We will aim at mixing people from different research areas and therefore, in the cases of MGE applicants, probably no more then one person per partner will be considered. We will also aim at an equal distribution of women and men.

The selected persons will get a notification at the end of April that has to be confirmed within 7 days. We will have a waiting list in case of non-confirmations and cancellations.

Contact person
Ulrika Hjelm
Training & Education Programme Manager
Kristineberg Marine Research Station
S-450 34 Fiskebäckskil
Phone: ++46 (0) 523 18548
Fax: ++46 (0) 523 18502
Mobil: ++46 (0) 70 344 2371

Contact email:

Event programme:
The course will consist of lectures, tutorials and computer based exercises in the following subjects.
• Phylogeny - molecular evolution through sequences, phylogenetic techniques (clustering, Bayesian statistics), molecular clock, case studies
• Population genetics - molecular evolution through allele frequencies, population genetic techniques (structure, selection, gene flow, bottlenecks, assignment), population dynamics, case studies
• Phylogeography - molecular evolution through networks, phylogeographical techniques, coalescence, population dynamics, case studies
• Environmental, functional and comparative genomics - 1. Genome structure and architecture. 2. Markers in the genomics realm. 3. Methods for detecting structure. 4. Introduction to functional genomics. 5. What is environmental genomics? 5. Methods for detecting adaptive variation (including selective sweeps) within and among populations; linking hydrographical/environmental and demographic data to population structure and local adaptation. 6 Quantitative genetics: evolution of traits. 7. EST libraries: why and how. 8. Introduction to comparative genomics (whole genome comparisons, concatenated phylogeny, genome organization, annotating genomic information) 9. Case studies
• Phylogenomics - 1. What is comparative genomics? 2. Genomics and genetics of speciation/ what makes a species from a genome point of view? 3. Comparative marine genomics. 4. Case studies

Collaborators and organisers:
Confirmed teacher:
Sandie Baldauf, Univ of York, UK
Galice Hoarau, Univ of Groningen, NL
Michael M. Hansen, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, DK
Wiebe Kooistra, SZN, IT
Jeanine Olsen, Univ of Groningen, NL
Frederique Partensky, SB-Roscoff, FR
Klaus Valentin, AWI-Bremerhaven, DE
Anti Vasemägi, Univ of Turku, FI
Frédérique Viard, SB-Roscoff, FR
Filip Volckaert, KULeuven, BE

Organizing committee:
Ulrika Hjelm, KMRS, SE
Hélène Huelvan, SB-Roscoff, FR
Jeanine Olsen, Univ of Groningen, NL
Arnaud Tanguy, SB-Roscoff, FR
Frédérique Viard, SB-Roscoff, FR
Filip Volckaert, KULeuven, BE

Website url: 

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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