SIU and ForBio course: International course in DNA Metabarcoding: Part 2 - Data processing and interpretation.

Tromsø Museum (University of Tromsø, Norway), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course in DNA Metabarcoding, part 2. The course will link its teaching program to the current research projects run by invited lecturers to strengthen the connection between education and cutting age research methodologies. After successful completion of the field collecting programme in Karelia, august 2017 (DNA Metabarcoding part 1) we continue the course in Tromsø, Norway, and focus on bioinformatic data analyses.

Participation in the part 1 is not a prerequisite for registration for the announced course and open for all interested. 

DNA metabarcoding is a rapid method of biodiversity assessment utilizing environmental DNA (DNA obtained from sediments, soils, water etc) which combines two technologies: DNA based species identification and high-throughput DNA sequencing. While working on bioinformatic analyses using Obitools and R/R-studio, we also discuss field sampling and wet lab design, as well as more subject specific questions of various applications of DNA metabarcoding. These will include: sedimentary DNA, diet analyses, paleoDNA studies, metagenomics of microbial communities, among others. 

The schedule of the course is available here.

Teachers:  Eric Coissac  (, Tristan Cumer ( LECA, Grenoble, Youri Lammers ( Tromsø Museum, UiT

Financial aid: The following expenses of the participants from the partner countries in the High North Programme  (Canada, China, Japan, Russia and US) will be covered: visa fees, international travel and shared accommodation in Tromsø. Similarly, participation of the Norwegian-affiliated students/researchers will be covered by ForBio. Other applicants will need to secure own funding to cover travel to Tromsø, accommodation and subsistence for the course duration. There is no course fees. 

Registration and selection process: Please fill in the online application here. ForBio reserves the right to give priority to the PhD students having their research focus on DNA metabacoding applications. 

The course is equivalent of 2.5 ECTS points, ForBio will provide certificates for those successfully completed the course assignment. 

Find out about how to become a ForBio member here.

Maximum number of participants is 10 places from SIU and 14 places from ForBio.

Application deadline is December 1, 2017.

Results announced by e-mail 8 December 2017

Contact Galina Gusarova ( for more information


Published Nov. 9, 2017 4:38 PM - Last modified Feb. 2, 2018 5:11 PM