An introduction to supersmartR

Description: We present a one-day workshop on a new platform for constructing phylogenetic trees, supersmartR. Like its predecessor, SUPERSMART, this new program aims to automate the process of phylogeny generation using a multiple-supermatrix and supertree approach but works entirely within the popular R environment. For the latest development information on supersmartR, check out its GitHub repository at: In this workshop, we will present the program as a whole and provide detailed tutorials for each of supersmartR’s individual modules (phylotaR, restez, outsider ...). By the end of the workshop participants will have advanced their knowledge of R and learned how to identify and download orthologous sequence clusters from R; construct non-time-calibrated phylogenetic trees; download large subsections of GenBank to their local computer; and integrate non-R software into R pipelines. It is expected that participants have basic working knowledge of R and have experience of the tools required for constructing phylogenetic trees. There is a possibility of taking a course on an introduction to R ahead of this workshop.

Course teachers: Dominic Bennett, Matthias Obst

Recommended background: Basic knowledge and experience in R and phylogenetics.

Course level: PhD level (motivated Master's students welcome)

Food: Lunch will be provided for all course participants

Application: A short motivation (5 lines stating goals and expectations) and a 1 page CV should be submitted to latest by 5th September 2019.

Contact: Dominic J. Bennett (, Matthias Obst (

ForBio will cover travel and one night of accommodation for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions. Contact Hugo de Boer for more information.

Published Aug. 26, 2019 1:40 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2019 1:52 PM