MEGP 2014: Workshop on Marine Evolutionary Genomics and Proteomics

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General information

Recent advances in genomics (e.g. high-throughput sequencing or Next Generation Sequencing, NGS) had a considerable impact in the field of Ecology and Evolution, including those related to marine organisms. Ecological and evolutionary genomics, an emerging field, is trying to address key questions in Biology such as the genetic basis of certain phenotypes, of adaptation and even of speciation, but also those related to genome evolution and biodiversity.

For example, marine organisms are predicted to suffer from future changes (e.g. temperature, pollution, salinity, etc.) in their environment. Understanding how these populations/species will adapt to a changing environment is one of the goals of the researchers.

The current amount of sequencing data (NGS) generated in single project requires certain bioinformatic skills to extract useful information (e.g. population genetics analyses). 

The goal of this workshop is to introduce PhD students and other researchers into these bioinformatic skills. Starting with sequences generated using the GBS (Genotyping By Sequencing, Elshire et al. 2011) methodology or RAD-seq (Restriction-site Associated DNA) (Baird et al. 2008), performing the assembly of the sequences, SNP discovery, genotyping and further population genetics analyses. An introduction to Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC, Csillery et al. 2010) analyses applied to genetic data will also be part of the workshop. Finally, a general introduction to models of evolution and how these can be extended with molecular and sequence data. The workshop will also have 6 state of the art talks about current research from the invited speakers and organisers on marine evolutionary genomics and proteomics. 

This workshop is organised by members of the Population Genetics and Cytogenetics Group from the University of Vigo (Spain)For more information about the workshop please download the programme.


This workshop aims to introduce ecologists, marine biologists, geneticists and evolutionary biologists into the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data for population genetics analyses commonly used in the field of ecology and evolution, and also give the attendants a hands-on experience of such analyses.

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Venue: University of Vigo
Vigo, Spain

Day 1: ECIMAT marine station (Illa de Toralla, E-36331 Coruxo, Vigo, Galicia)
Day 2 & 3: University Campus, University of Vigo



Accepted participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of 20   (this includes documentation, coffee breaks, lunches, transport from Vigo to ECIMAT marine station and return, just on the first day, transport from Vigo University Campus to the Port on the last day, and visit to Cíes Islands).


The organising committee will accept the participants after the application deadline based on motivation (including the impact of your participation in this workshop in your research) and CV. PhD students will be given priority over postdocs, lecturers and others, if necessary. 

Application Procedure:

If you want to apply for the workshop you should fill in the application form. This includes your personal details, your motivation for attending and a short CV. If you have further questions please contact the workshop organizers (

Application deadline: 15 September 2014


Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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