Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research

Inter-comparison of Marine Plankton Metagenomic Methods

Type: Advanced Course
Date: 2017-09-11 to 2017-09-15
Location: CIIMAR

The 2017 edition of EMOSE will be held in Porto from 11th and 15th September, 2017 at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environemental Research (CIIMAR, University of Porto).

The scientific objective is to run an inter-comparison of current trends and methods in marine plankton metagenomic analysis. The selected protocols include those used by Tara Oceans, Malaspina and the Ocean Sampling Day. Already published data from these projects will be complemented by a new set of data obtained from a comparative experiment of protocols used in the three initiatives. The bulk of the analyses will be done during a 5-day hands-on session in Porto, and a virtual research environment will be used to plan the analysis and to work-up a review paper. Together with the participants, the EMOSE team will use/explore existing open science resources such as open lab-books, open protocols, and virtual laboratory platforms.

The full program will be available on the 1st week of May.

A total of 12 early-career-scientists will be selected based on their experience in marine microbiome analysis and their current research activities. They should be postdocs or recently appointed researchers (Euromarine full or invited members). Participation on the 2017 edition of EMOSE is subject to selection by the Scientific Committee and special care will be taken to include participants with strong background in the protocols of Tara Oceans, Malaspina, Ocean Sampling Day and Earth Microbiome.

Organizers and Lectures

Stéphane PESANT, UniHB, Germany

Ivo GRIGOROV, DTU, Denmark

Tim DEPREZ, UGent, Belgium

Catarina MAGALHAES, CIIMAR, Portugal

Alessandro VEZZI, UniPd, Italy

Francesca MALFATTI, OGS, Italy

Paraskevi POLYMENAKOU, HCMR, Greece

Jed FUHRMAN, University of Southern California, USA

Alex MITCHELL, EMBL-EBI, United Kingdom

Julie POULAIN, CEA-Genoscope, France


Practical Information


Course enrollment is now open until May 5, 2017.

Click on the LINK  to fill the application form and follow instructions provided. Your application will be completed once your application form will be submitted.


On May 31th, 2017, you will be notified to know whether your participation is accepted or not.


If your application is successful, you will have to formally register and pay a 200€ fee. Payment procedure will be done after formal acceptance. Your registration will be guaranteed as soon as your payment is made.

Please pay the registration fee by bank transfer to:
Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR)
IBAN: PT50 0079 0000 0826 8888 1037 3


Participants will be accommodated in a 2-person rooms included in the course fee.


The course is all-inclusive, meaning all meals will be included in the course fee (breakfast, coffee break, lunch, coffee break, dinner).


The course fee for a participant is 200 €.


Travel expenses (e.g. flight train tickets) are covered until a maximum of 400€.




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