Wageningen, The Netherlands, May 28-30, 2018


Three day spring school on basics of high throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing data analysis. This spring school is organised in collaboration with VLAG Graduate School, Laboratory of Microbiology and Systems and Synthetic Biology, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Turku, Finland. This year it will be held at Wageningen University & Research. We will cover topics related to basics of sequencing and microbial community analysis including a teaser for metagenomics-based studies. We will use NG-Tax and R based tools like Phyloseq, microbiome and ggplot2 for downstream data analysis and visualization.

Focus of spring school:

The primary aim is introduce microbial community data analysis. There will be talks and discussion on theory and methodology for analysis of microbial community data. We will cover topics ranging from design of studies, sequencing technologies, importance of controls and standardized DNA processing. Supervised hands-on training covering analyses from raw reads using NG-Tax, downstream analysis in R for exploration and analysis of microbiome sequencing data will be priority. There will be a strong focus on using R, R Studio for moving towards reproducible and open science.

Target applicants:

Anyone who plans to or is currently doing high throughput microbial community analysis.
No prior knowledge of R software is required.


The spring school will be organised at the campus of Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands.

Number of participants: 30 (FULLY BOOKED)

Registration dates

  • Starting date: 1st May 2018

  • Deadline: 18th May 2018

How to register?

Please send an email to mib.moleco@wur.nl with the subject line: microbiomeschool2018

  • Registration fees 150 €

The fees does not include accomodation and travel costs.

We will confirm your registration by email and send the further information.

For more information


  • Sudarshan A. Shetty, sudarshan.shetty[at]wur.nl
  • Leo Lahti, leo.lahti[at]iki.fi
  • Gerben DA Hermes, gerben.hermes[at]wur.nl

The Organising Team

  • Leo Lahti, leo.lahti[at]iki.fi
  • Hauke Smidt, hauke.smidt[at]wur.nl
  • Peter Schaap, peter.schaap[at]wur.nl
  • Sudarshan A. Shetty, sudarshan.shetty[at]wur.nl
  • Gerben DA. Hermes, gerben.hermes[at]wur.nl
  • Wasin Poncheewin, wasin.poncheewin[at]wur.nl
  • Jasper Koehorst, jasper.koehorst[at]wur.nl