Expected learning outcomes

The aim of this exercise is two-fold: One is to get to know each other and learn about the other participants’ research interests and projects. The second is to start a dialogue with the other participants, the workshop team, and faculty, regarding issues and problems you are facing when starting up high throughput sequencing projects or while analyzing your data. Also, attempt to identify the general experimental design and common steps for your topic.


General subject topics were compiled from your application materials. Here is a potential list (although it can of course change if needed). The goal is to have grous bigger than 4 people and smaller than 12 aprox.:

– Amplicon sequencing (metabarcoding, metagenetics, tag sequencing, marker profiling…)

– Metagenomics

– Transcriptomics – differentlial expression

– Transcriptomics – transcript discovery, genome annotation, etc…

– Population genomics (would probably need to be divided in two groups as there is many of you wiht this interest)

– Comparative genomics

– Phylogenomics

Pick your preferred subject and sign up on lists provided by the workshop team prior to the afternoon of January 14th.

Part 1. Group Discussions  (January 14th, 7 – 10 pm)

  1. Find a place where the group participants can sit facing each other.
  2. Let each person in the group introduce themselves (name, institution) and give a one-minute elevator pitch on their research in a way that can be understandable to a non-specialist.
  3. Chose someone who can take notes.
  4. Chose someone who can give the summary oral presentation.
  5. Discussion: – identify some of the main research questions within the group.
  6. Discussion: – identify some of the main problems/issues with the design, data analyses and/or interpretation.
  7. Summarize everything in two slides.

Part 2. Presentations (2 hrs) (January 15th, 7 – 10 pm)

  1. Each group will present their two slides (max 5 min).
  2. Comments/questions from participants, faculty, and workshop team.