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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) cordially invite you to take part in a one-day symposium on metagenomics and environmental DNA.

Date: Friday, 19 April 2013 – 9:00-17:00

Symposium venue:  Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences  - Vautierstraat 29 – B-1000 Brussels.

Invited speakers:

  1. Eva BELLEMAIN (Spygen): eDNA as a tool for biodiversity assessments : what’s next ?
  2. Sanne BOESSENKOOL (University of Oslo): title to be announced.
  3. Peter BREYNE (Research Institute for Nature and Forest): Validating metabarcoding of aquatic biota as a tool in biodiversity research.
  4. Rolf DANIEL (University of Göttingen – Department of Genomic and Applied Microbiology). Metagenomics -  a way to assess and exploit unknown taxonomic and functional microbial diversity.
  5. Jelger HERDER (Reptielen Amfibieën Vissen Onderzoek Nederland): Environmental DNA as a basis for species conservation.
  6. Philip Francis THOMSEN (Natural History Museum of Denmark): Monitoring aquatic biodiversity using environmental DNA.

The symposium will end with a general discussion.

Registration is free but mandatory (in order to arrange the coffee breaks and lunch). Please register by sending an email before the 9th of April to Kurt Jordaens (

Free coffee/tea and a lunch (sandwiches) will be offered.

More information: Kurt Jordaens – Royal Museum for Central Africa –

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