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"Microbial Diversity, Genomics and Metagenomics"

Event Date: 
Tue, 2011-12-13 00:00 - Fri, 2011-12-16 00:00

Workshop on "Microbial Diversity, Genomics and Metagenomics"

IMBG – HCMR, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
13 December – 16 December 2011

New Generation Sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the way we can approach, understand and manage the startling environmental microbial diversity. The NGS technology has been also a great boost to the evolution of hardware solutions and algorithm development for data management, storage and analysis. The overall –omics introduction to the microbial world research still poses great challenges to the international community about establishing common standards, improving algorithms, performing phylogenomic analysis, integrating data, towards a systems biology view on microbial life.
The workshop is meant to be an introduction to key concepts and tools of microbial genomics, to provide a comprehensive overview of marine microbial genomes sequenced worldwide and to establish new competencies and abilities that will boost microbial genome studies in Eastern Mediterranean. Emphasis will be also given in the biotechnological and other applications of discovered microbes and their products.
It is meant to increase visibility and attract graduate students and young researchers to a much needed research field where the avalanche of actually produced and forthcoming data poses a character of emergency to increase human capacity in data analysis and integration. The setting of IMBG-HCMR in the middle of the largely unexplored Eastern Mediterranean which constitutes one of the world’s hot spot of ecosystem, organismal and microbial diversity. This geographic coincidence highlights the actual level of research interest and challenges, and pinpoints to the need of developing a strong research node and local effective network within the international microbial genomics web.

The Workshop consists of a series of lectures and computer laboratories that cover various aspects of microbial diversity. Invited speakers are chosen based on their effectiveness in teaching theory and practice in molecular diversity, genomics, and metagenomics. Included among the faculty are developers and other experts in the use of computer programs and packages for the analysis of high-throughput data.
Morning lectures and practicals (9:30-18:00) will have a limited number of participants while afternoon lectures (18:00-20:00) will be open. During the last day of the workshop, a round table discussion is going to take place among all attendees about knowledge bottlenecks and perspectives of the field. The list of confirmed speakers include Mavrommatis K. (USA DoE, Joint Genome Institute, JGI), Stamatakis A. (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, HITS), Quince C. (University of Glasgow), Suzuki M. (University Pierre Marie Curie [Paris 6] - Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer), Kamke J. (University of Wuerzburg) and Ouzounis C. (CERTH).
The Workshop is organised by and will be held at the Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), located at Gournes Pediados next to Creteaquarium, in the context of MARBIGEN project (FP7-REGPOT-2010-1).

We will be happy to meet you all at the workshop

The organising committee:
Dr. Antonios Magoulas (
Dr. Giorgios Kotoulas (
Dr. Aglaia (Cilia) Antoniou (
Eftichia Mironaki (

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