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Metabarcoding - from Lab to Bioinformatics

University of Tartu

7 days
450 EUR/full
450 EUR/full
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The Metabarcoding - from Lab to Bioinformatics course from University of Tartu covers the principles of metabarcoding workflow, from the laboratory analyses to bioinformatic analyses of the high-throughput sequencing data.


Laboratory work includes steps for sample preparation, DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing library preparation. The practical sessions are supplemented with theoretical lectures.

Hands-on metabarcoding data set analyses will mostly follow PipeCraft 2 pipeline (user-friendly graphical user interface software for non-bioinformaticians) but basics of command-line interface and usage of high-performance clusters will be also covered.

Learning outcomes

By taking the Metabarcoding - from Lab to Bioinformatics course from University of Tartu you will:

  • Understanding the main concepts, potentials and limitations of metabarcoding techniques.  
  • Knowledge of the laboratory procedures necessary for metabarcoding. 
  • Ability to set up the working environment for bioinformatic analysis. 
  • Knowledge of key bioinformatic procedures for metabarcoding sequence data analyses.  
  • Understanding of the full cycle of data management and publishing. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lectures on the basic concepts of DNA extraction, PCR and primer selection, metabarcoding and sequencing technologies and necessary steps to build up metabarcoding libraries. There will be an opportunity for software installation troubleshooting after the lecture. 
  • Practical sessions in the laboratory including DNA extraction and PCR. 
  • Practical lab sessions on preparing metabarcoding libraries. 
  • Bioinformatics sessions with a lecture by Sten Anslan plus software installation troubleshooting if necessary. 
  • Practical sessions on bioinformatic data analysis. 
  • Bioinformatics practical sessions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

MSc/PhD and Post-doc

Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding about molecular biology. 

The target audience are Master and PhD students, early career researchers (post-docs), or senior researchers, either from Industry or Academia, with no or little prior knowledge on metabarcoding techniques. This workshop is mainly aimed for students and researchers with a background in ecology, biodiversity research or community biology who wish to use molecular tools for their research. 

  • Online application form
  • Motivation letter (up to 1 page) that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation to participate, his/her expectations about the programme, how participation in the summer programme relates to his/her studies and interests, and how the applicant plans to use the gained experience and knowledge in the future.
  • Transcript of academic records
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    450 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 450 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    450 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 450 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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