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GENECO Courses & Workshops

GENECO courses are generally up to one week long and held at the Department of Biology at Lund University. The courses are free of charge to all GENECO students but are open to PhD students from any university subject to a course fee.

The curriculum offers both introductory and specialized courses, as well as hands-on laboratory (wet or computer) and theoretical courses.
GENECO will cover the course fee for their students on a number of other courses, such as the SciLife courses. Furthermore, we are willing to consider covering the fee for 10 extra course days at external courses that fall within the remit of genomic ecology or are relevant to the specific genetic techniques used by a student within their PhD project. GENECO courses, SciLife courses and the Workshop on Genomics at Cesky Krumlov do not count towards these 10 extra course days.

Please make enquiries about these courses directly to us: emily [dot] oconnor [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se or olof [dot] hellgren [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se.

We would also like to draw attention to the UPPMAX courses on Uppsala University's website. There you find details of many excellent training resources that can be useful for handling large datasets, as many genetic projects generate. Although these courses generally do not require funding to attend, we would like to highlight them as potentially useful resources for you as a GENECO student.

Spring 2021

The workshop on Genomics, Cesky Krumlov 2021 (8 credit points) is cancelled due to the pandemic.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) Methods in Ecology and Conservation 26–28 May

Due to the pandemic, this course is given online.

Organized by Georgina Brennan and Fabian Roger and co-supported by ClimBEco and GENECO.

Environmental DNA, commonly known as eDNA, is an exciting, multi-faceted tool for ecological and conservation research. eDNA is sampled directly from many types of environmental sources including, air, soil and water and is typically used for rapid biodiversity assessments (using high throughput sequencing in combination with metabarcoding) or the detection and quantification of specific species (using PCR or quantitative PCR).

eDNA is used in a rapidly growing number of applications in ecological research ranging from the assessment of water quality to soil diversity assessment, trophic analyses of digestive contents, diagnosis of health status of fisheries, early detection of non-indigenous species, studies of global ecological patterns and biomonitoring of anthropogenic impacts. This course will take a decidedly interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on examples of research from community ecology, conversation ecology and agroecology. The course will provide an introduction to – and overview of – the research field with a focus on the following questions:

  • What research questions in ecology and conservation can be answered by studying eDNA and how is it and can it be used by government and biomonitoring agencies? 
  • What are the main strengths and weaknesses of eDNA methods and applications?
  • How to make the right decisions for analysing data derived from eDNA research?

The course will comprise lectures, keynote presentations from leading eDNA researchers, and practical (literature-based) group-exercises.

The course is free of charge. PhD students from ClimBEco and GENECO have acceptance priority.


The application is closed.

9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:15 Fabian Roger, Lund University, Sweden
Environmental DNA - an introduction (part I)
09.45 Georgina Brennan, Lund University, Sweden
Environmental DNA - an introduction (part II)
10:15 Break
10:30 Kristine Bohman – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
iDNA, metabarcoding labelling strategies and tag-jumps
11.10 Group work
11.40 Discussion
12:20 Lunch
13:20 Romana Salis, Lund University, Sweden
eDNA and experimental rivers
14:00 Break
14:10 Group work
14:40 Discussion

9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:15 Natasha de Vere – National Botanic Gardens of Wales, United Kingdom
From the air to underground: understanding plant-pollinator interactions and the biodiversity of soils using DNA metabarcoding.
10.00 Laura Jones – National Botanic Gardens of Wales, United Kingdom
Making DNA metabarcoding work for biodiversity projects – from field, lab to analysis.
10:45 Break
11:00 Group work
11:30 Discussion
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 Micaela Hellstrom – Consultant, Mix Research, Uppsala, Sweden
Prel. title: Applied eDNA-metabarcoding for the management of aquatic and terrestrial environments
13:50 Group work
14:20 Discussion

9:00 Introduction
9:15 Daniel Marquina – Natural History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Planning a metabarcoding study: primers, sample types, and bioinformatics to find what we are looking for.
10:00 Break
10.15 Group work
10.45 Discussion
11:15 Break
11:30 Georgina Brennan – Lund University, Sweden
Airborne eDNA, from grass pollen to insects (part 1)
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 Fabian Roger – Lund University, Sweden
Airborne eDNA, from grass pollen to insects (part 2)
13.30 Group work
14:00 Discussion and open questions

SciLifeLab courses supported by GENECO

GENECO is willing to cover the fee for their students attending SciLife courses. For details of the courses see SciLife's website.


General questions

Bengt Hansson

Telephone:+46 46 222 49 96
E-mail: Bengt [dot] Hansson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions regarding GENECO courses

Emily O'Connor

Telephone:+46 46 222 37 22
E-mail: Emily [dot] Oconnor [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Olof Hellgren
Senior Lecturer

Telephone:+46 46 222 17 83
E-mail: Olof [dot] Hellgren [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions regarding administration, economy and other practical issues

Annika Hecktor
Project assistant
Department of Biology

Telephone:+46 46 222 92 12
E-mail: Annika [dot] Hecktor [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se