UKCEH has cancelled the course scheduled for 9-11 June 2020. We may set a new date in the future.
UKCEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB Location map & travel directions
£599 registered students
Refreshments are included in the price. Accommodation is not included in the price.
Short Course Description:
This 3-day course will prepare participants to develop microbial field survey techniques and experiment design skills, to collect high-quality microbial samples in the field and prepare them for analysis, and to understand the bioinformatics and statistic requirements to publish such studies.
Day 1: Theoretical preparation and sampling design requirements.
Day 2 starts with a field component where you will take riverine and soil microbial samples, and a lab work component in the afternoon, when you will prepare the sampled DNA for shotgun sequencing.
Day 3: You will analyse different types of microbial data samples in the morning. In the afternoon, you will convert the data into a publishable format, followed by a session about paper writing.
The course participants will gain a better understanding of
1) what is required to design a scientifically sound sampling strategy
2) what is required to conduct scientifically viable fieldwork
3) what is required to prepare a publication once the data has been collected
Course participants will be able to identify what elements are needed to successfully design a study including microbial field- and lab work and take it through to publication.
Course participants should have undergraduate-level knowledge of microbial ecology and fieldwork design.
Dr Katja Lehmann, Microbial Ecologist and Bioinformatician, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Dr Lehmann has more than 9 years experience in conducting fieldwork campaigns and bioinformatics analyses for publication.
MSc and PhD students studying microbiology, ecology or any related field.
Citizen scientists with sampling experience.
Blended learning, with lectures, discussions, practicals and elements of problem-based learning
Relevant links and key publications
Lehmann, K. "Sampling of riverine or marine bacterial communities in remote locations: from field to publication." Marine Genomics: Methods and Protocols (2016): 1-11.