WORKSHOP Metagenomics: bridging between environment and life

Chair: Remo Sanges (EMBRC)
Metagenomics is a technology used to analyze the qualitative and quantitative composition of a microbial community sampled directly from its ecological niche. It permits to identify the different microorganisms present in a specific environment such as water, soil, a room, but also the microbiome associated to specific organisms. The possibility to perform such measures, without the need to culture in the laboratory the organisms to analyze, has allowed the study of the direct interactions and dependencies governing a given environment. Nevertheless, this technology produces a huge amount of data from the most diverse species, which poses several challenges in the analysis.
This workshop will give an overview of some of the most exciting projects exploiting such technology and the public tools developed to store and data-mine the data collected. It will consist in talks and discussions about some recent scientific outcomes of metagenomics and the challenges in analyzing the data. The target audience is anyone interested in the topic or directly involved in the data-mining of data from metagenomics experiments.
10:30 - 11:00 - Rob Finn (EBI, UK)
EBI Metagenomics - a free and open analysis platform for the archiving, analysis and discovery of data.
11:00 - 11:30 - Graziano Pesole (University of Bari, Italy)
BioMas: a cloud-based web service for the analysis of DNA meta-barcoding amplicons – The case study of harmful microalgae.
11:30 - 12:00 - Patrick Wincker (Genoscope, France)
A meta-omics approach to survey worldwide communities of marine plankton.
12:00 - 12:30 - Renzo Kottmann (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany)
The Ocean Sampling Day's Metagenome Analysis: Standards, Pipelines and First Results.