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Bioplatforms Australia, CSIRO and EMBL joint Introduction to Metagenomics hands-on Bioinformatics Workshop 2014


6 -7 February, UNSW, Sydney

10-11 February, Monash University, Melbourne

What this course covers:

Introduction to tools and workflows used to explore metagenomics sequence data.


  • Amplicon target population structure using QIIME
  • Whole metagenome shotgun processing using EMBL-EBI Metagenomics Portal
  • Whole metagenome shotgun processing using open access software
  • Quality control of metagenomic seqence data using FASTQC
  • Gene and functional prediction using InterProScan
  • Analysis and visualisation of results
  • Detecting/Identifying enriched gene processes and functions (GO)

Is this course for me?

This course is aimed at bench biologists with little or no experience of bioinformatics who are working in the area of metagenomics.

Some of the tools to be introduced on the course will require the use of Unix commands. We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with these. Free tutorials are available from

After this course you should be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply appropriate technologies and methodologies
  • QC of data sets
  • Apply basic workflows for amplicon based metagenomics
  • Apply basic workflows for whole genome shot gun metagenomics


Applications will be via a selection process therefore applicants should be aware that, in order to be considered for a place on this course, they MUST complete the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications close 16 January 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by email on the 20 January 2014.

Trainers will include:

Peter Sterk   (University of Oxford, UK)
Hubert Denise   (EBI-EMBL, UK)
Alex Mitchell   (EBI-EMBL, UK)
Mark Crowe   (QFAB, Brisbane)
Matt Field   (JCSMR, Canberra)
Paul Greenfield   (CSIRO, Sydney)
Sean Li   (CSIRO, Canberra)
Annette McGrath   (CSIRO, Canberra)
Paula Moolhuijzhen   (CCG, Perth)
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