Monday, May 15, 2017

From the inbox - metabarcoding course in Russia

International course in DNA Metabarcoding: Part 1 – Field collecting and Molecular laboratory.

Tromsø Museum (University of Tromsø, Norway), Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course in DNA Metabarcoding. The course will link its teaching program to the current research projects at the partner institutes to strengthen the connection between education and cutting age research methodologies by taking students through consecutive stages of the research process such as field collecting, plant community descriptions, laboratory set up and bioinformatic data analyses.

Time and place:  Aug. 7, 2017 9:30 AM - Aug. 19, 2017 4:30 PM, Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia).

DNA metabarcoding is a rapid method of biodiversity assessment utilizing environmental DNA (DNA obtained from sediments, soils, water, etc) which combines two technologies: DNA based species identification and high-throughput DNA sequencing. We include applications of DNA metabarcoding to ancient and recent plant community or species composition assessment using lake sediments as well as in diet study of the reindeer - one of the last remnants of the Beringian megafauna in the Arctic, keystone species, with high cultural and economic value for indigenous residents. The field collecting will be done in Karelia and Murmansk region of Russia, the laboratory work will be partially conducted in the field as well as using molecular laboratory facilities at the UiT. The computer classes for data processing and bioinformatic analyses will be held at the Tromsø Museum. The Tromsø-based Part 2 of the course will be organized in February 2018 and announced later. The detailed schedule of the programme including field work itinerary is upcoming.

Charlotte Clarke, University of Southampton, U.K.;
Eric Coissac, Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine, Grenoble, France (Part 2: Data processing and Bioinformatics);
Galina Gusarova, Tromsø museum, University of Tromsø, Norway;
Stefaniya Kamenova, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway;
Alexey Kravchenko Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Petrozavodsk, Russia;

Financial aid: Only students affiliated with the universities from the partner countries in the High North Programme (Norway, Canada, China, Japan, Russia and U.S.A.) may be funded through the project funds. All expenses of the participants from the partner countries, including travel, accommodation, meals and bench fee are fully covered. Other applicants will have to cover return travel to St Petersburg (Russia). Additional expenses, including the local train tickets as well as food and lodging at two nature reserves, amount to 660 EUR in total. This amount will have to be transferred to the Tromsø Museum, University of Tromsø, before 1 July 2017, as we will book travel within Russia for all the participants together.

Registration: please fill out the online application form

Maximum number of participants is 15.
Application deadline is June 1, 2017.
The results will be announced by e-mail on June 8, 2017.

Please contact Galina Gusarova for more information.

Friday, May 5, 2017

From the inbox

Online questionnaire on the openness and ethics of data in life sciences

Dear colleague,

I need your help.

I am doing a study with my colleague Dimitris Damalas on the openness and ethics of data in life sciences. Thus we have prepared an online questionnaire

The objective of this questionnaire is to gain a better understanding of what researchers think on sharing and archiving, as well as barriers to the sharing and archiving of research data. The results of this survey will be published in a special issue on ‘The ethics and practice of openness in life science data’ of the international journal of Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics (Editors: Konstantinos Stergiou, Dimitrios Damalas).

The questionnaire takes less than 5 min to fill it. Can you please devote these 5 min and fill it?

Thank you in advance.

Prof. Kostas Stergiou

Director of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters
Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Athens - Greece
Department of Biology
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki - Greece