International Workshop on Metabarcoding

International Workshop on Metabarcoding and Metagenome Analysis

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International Workshop on Metabarcoding and Metagenome Analysis
15-17 December 2020
Jointly organized by
DAFNAE, University of Padova, Italy and IBAB Bio-IT Centre, Bengaluru, India

“No organism/niche is an Island.”

Every living organism or any putative ecosystem is steered by a diverse array of organisms such as Bacteria, Virus, Archaea, fungi, and lower eukaryotes. Amongst these, microbes (Bacteria, Virus, and Archaea) are the most abundant, widespread, and longest-evolving forms of life on the planet and cumulatively they make the foundation of our biosphere. Studying the biology of any organism or ecosystem will remain inadequate without a proper understanding of its microbial profile and associated host-microbe interactions. This branch of computational biology is known as metagenomics and it is one of the emerging fields in biological research. This workshop will be focused on estimating this microbial diversity in diverse habitats such as the human gut, soil, plants, marine/freshwater, etc., and associated challenges in this field.

The University of Padova, Italy and the Bio-IT Centre, IBAB, Bengaluru are coming together to organize a three-day online hands-on workshop on Metagenome analysis from 15-17 December 2020. This workshop will

introduce the participants to basic bioinformatics skills, basic concepts of metagenomics, describe the techniques to decipher the microbial community, and showcase various applications via talks from experts. We will provide hands-on training in the UNIX command line, QIIME pipeline to decipher microbial composition (including alpha and beta diversities), and whole metagenome sequencing using real data.

Target Audience: The course is aimed at students, researchers, and technicians who wish to employ bioinformatics approaches to study microbial composition but may not have sufficient training in/awareness in this emerging area of research. Ph.D. scholars/ postdoctoral fellows/ research fellows/ faculty involved in pure experimental biological research are especially encouraged to apply. However, the course will also be beneficial to those pursuing a Master’s in Biotechnology/ Life Sciences/ Microbiology. Teachers
from undergraduate and postgraduate teaching institutions and research institutes across the state of Karnataka are also encouraged to apply.

Forty candidates will be selected for this workshop on a first-come basis.

Registration Fee Structure:

Category Indian International
Masters/ Ph.D. students Rs. 3,000 50 Euro
Postdoctoral fellows, Faculty, and Lecturers Rs. 6,000 100 Euro
Industrial applicants Rs.10,000 150 Euro



  • Prof. Piergiorgio Stevanato, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dr. Gaurav Sharma, IBAB, Bangaluru, India
  • Dr. Subhashini Srinivasan, IBAB, Bengaluru, India

List of Speakers:

  • Prof. Andrea Squartini, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dr. Bibha Choudhary, IBAB, Bengaluru, India
  • Prof. Stefano Schiavon, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dr. Shivakumar Swamy, IBAB, Bengaluru, India
  • Prof. Giuseppe Concheri, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dr. Subhashini Srinivasan, IBAB, Bengaluru, India
  • Prof. Piergiorgio Stevanato, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dr. Gaurav Sharma, IBAB, Bengaluru, India

Registration Procedure:

Interested participants should register for this workshop by filling up the suggested google form. You will be asked to upload your resume, along with a recent photo, and a write-up (minimum 100 words) on how this workshop will be useful for your research and/or career development. After filling the google form, you will receive information on how to pay the registration fee. Once Forty seats are filled, the registration will be closed.

Registration Link

Registration deadline: 8 December 2020


This is an online workshop, so lectures and hands-on training will be conducted virtually. Therefore, all participants are required to have access to a personal computer and a good internet connection.

About Bio-IT Centre:

The Bio-IT Research and Training Centre (Bio-IT Centre) has been established at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) in 2010 with support from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY), the Government of India and the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka. Bio-IT Centre has a state-of-art sequencing facility with the high-throughput sequencer HiSeq 2500 and several accessory equipments such as a Hi-Scan system for Illumina bead array and microarray-based imaging, Qubit, C-bot, Covaris, Bio-analyzer and Agilent 2200 Tape-station for the processing of DNA and RNA samples, Stratagene Mx 3000 for Real-Time PCR, and 3500 Dx Genetic Analyzer for capillary electrophoresis based sequencing. Bio-IT Centre provides sequencing and/or analysis services in either collaborative or service mode. The Centre also organizes introductory and advanced workshops in Bioinformatics and NGS analysis regularly.

About IBAB:

IBAB, located in Electronic City, Bengaluru, is a unique institution engaged in education, research, and entrepreneur-supported programs. IBAB’s mission is to catalyze the growth of the biotechnology and bioinformatics industries in India. IBAB offers a distinctive M.Sc. degree program (with dual specialization in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology), an interdisciplinary Ph.D. research program, and a Post Graduate Diploma Programme (in Big Data Biology). The institute has strong research programs in various disciplines such as Cancer Biology, Infectious Disease Biology, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Parasitology, Microbial Genomics, Structural Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, and Mathematical Biology as evident by the track record of well-trained and experienced faculties. It has excellent infrastructure and environment suitable for cutting edge research. For more information, please visit

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