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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 specialised 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.

Upcoming Courses

Workshop on Genomics in Cesky Krumlov 2023

The 2023 Workshop on Genomics is being held 14-27 May 2023 in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Our philosophy is to train participants in the most relevant topics in genomics, in a vibrant, immersive and inclusive environment. The Workshop on Genomics was developed in response to the increasing demand for training on how to effectively analyse and manage data generated by modern sequencing technologies.

The Workshop curriculum includes extensive coverage of fundamental techniques required for all studies utilising modern sequencing data. While the Workshop on Genomics topics may change from year-to-year, efforts are made to devote significant amounts of time to techniques being used widely in the field (like genome assembly, genome annotation, transcriptomics, metagenomics, and population genomics).

The deadline for registration is 1 March 2023. Geneco will contribute to the course-fee, but may not be able to cover the full amount (depending on the number of students applying).

You find the application and more information about the workshop on Evolution and Genomics website.

Please send an email to Christina [dot] Rengefors [at] biol [dot] u [dot] se when you have registered so we can keep track of how many of you are interested in taking the course.

Molecular Phylogenetics

13–16 November 2023, Lund University (1,2 ECTS)

The course will introduce the fundamental principles of building phylogenies using molecular data, as well as the latest techniques and programs in this field. The aims are to introduce the theory and practice of phylogenetic inference from molecular data and to introduce some of the most used methods and computer programs.

The emphasis will be on model-based methods using maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference, with a focus on DNA sequences as data. We will introduce programs such as IQTREE, MrBayes, as well as BEAST for timing of divergence analyses.

The course will consist of lectures, demonstrations of computer programs, and independent projects on fully analysing an example dataset (either your own or given by the lecturer). The course is aimed at PhD students but is also suitable for researchers at any stage, including motivated MSc students.

Course leaders

Niklas Wahlberg and Jadranka Rota, Department of Biology, Lund University

Course fee

GENECO PhD students and students/researchers enrolled at Lund University Faculty of Science free of charge. Others SEK 1500 + VAT.


The course is limited to 20 participants and the 'first come first served' principle will be applied.
The deadline for registration is 25 October 2023. Registration will open after summer.

Science communication and its role in society

20–24 November 2023, Lund University (3ECTS)

This course will give knowledge and understanding of how effective science communication works and discuss the role of science in society. The course will be taught through seminars, discussion groups, self-directed learning, and project work. The course aims to provide skills to condense and convey key messages clearly, to define target audiences for different types of communication and develop effective techniques to deliver and receive information through different channels.

Course leader

Johanna Stadmark, Department of Geology, Lund University


Registration will open after summer.

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

Christina Rengefors
Project assistant
Department of Biology

Telephone: +46 46 222 96 14
E-mail: Christina [dot] Rengefors [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Annika Hecktor
Financial administrator
Department of Biology

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