A one-day symposium on metagenomics and environmental DNA took place on Friday 19 April 2013 in Brussels. This symposium was organised by the Joint Experimental Molecular Unit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) and the Provincial Institute for Hygiene (PIH-Antwerpen).
In total, 93 participants from more than 30 institutions attended the symposium.
Date: Friday, 19 April 2013 – 9:00-17:00
Symposium venue: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.
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Article about fauna monitoring using environmental DNA (Herder et al. 2013, De Levende Natuur, in Dutch).
9:00 – 9:30 coffee/tea
9:30 – 9:35 Welcome
9:35 – 10:20 Eva BELLEMAIN (Spygen – France): General introduction to the symposium
10:20 – 11:05 Rolf DANIEL (University of Göttingen - Germany): Metagenomics - a way to assess and exploit unknown taxonomic and functional microbial diversity.
11:05 – 11:30 coffee/tea
11:30 – 12:15 Philip Francis THOMSEN (Natural History Museum of Denmark - Denmark): Monitoring aquatic biodiversity using environmental DNA
12:30 – 14:00 lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Jelger HERDER (RAVON – The Netherlands) : Environmental DNA as a basis for species conservation
14:45 – 15:30 Eva BELLEMAIN (Spygen - France): eDNA as a tool for biodiversity assessments : what’s next ?
15:30 – 16:00 coffee/tea
16:00 – 16:20 Peter BREYNE (INBO - Belgium) : Validating metabarcoding of aquatic biota as a tool in biodiversity research
16:20 – 16:40 Discussion and closing remarks
Registration was free but mandatory (in order to arrange the coffee breaks and lunch). Free coffee/tea and a lunch (sandwiches) were offered.
More information: Kurt Jordaens – Royal Museum for Central Africa – firstname.lastname@example.org