Bioinformatic course: Microbiome analysis in agricultural work and research

December 13-14, 2022, ICISE, Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Registration deadline: November 30, 2022


Founded in 1993 by Jean Tran Thanh Van, the association Rencontres du Vietnam, a non-profit organization and an official partner of UNESCO, has as its objective the promotion of international exchanges between Vietnam and the international community, particularly in the areas of science and education. It also aims at the encouragement and integration of Vietnamese scientists into the international scientific community and at supporting the role of education and science by encouraging scientific awareness and stimulating passion for science in the younger generation. The Rencontres du Vietnam lies within the scope of two series of scientific meetings created by Jean Tran Thanh Van : the Rencontres de Moriond in 1966 and the Rencontres de Blois in 1989.

The creation of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam) has the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education by fostering exchanges between Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world.

XVIIIth Rencontres du Vietnam

December 13-14, 2022, ICISE, Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Vietnam School of Biology (VSOB)

The biology/biotechnology in agriculture, medicine, industry and environment have been contributing to breakthroughs in science and technology and the development of the Vietnamese economy at the moment and in the future. Vietnam School of Biology (VSOB) was established in the series of schools in ICISE, Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh and sponsored by Rencontres du Vietnam. The main role of VSOB is to provide new and modern knowledge, techniques and approaches in the field of biology/biotechnology to undergraduates, postgraduates and young scientists in Vietnam and abroad for enhancing scientific research capacity. Additionally, VSOB is also the venue for meetings/workshops/conferences between Vietnamese and worldwide scientists in the field of biology/biotechnology.

The first Vietnam School of Biology (The 1st VSOB): Summer Bioinformatics School 2022

The first VSOB will be devoted to a Bioinformatics School (SBIS2022) at theoretical and practical levels with the topic: "Microbiome analysis in agricultural work and research".

1.Course description

Plant roots and animal guts host a large and diverse microbial community including bacteria, fungi, viruses. These microbes play a critical role in nutrient uptake, improving host tolerance and agricultural productivity, and reducing the use of fertilizer and pesticides. The culture-free, high-throughput technology enables the investigation of complex microbial communities in agricultural systems since the majority of these bacteria are strict anaerobes and cannot be cultivated under standard laboratory conditions.

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge, appreciation, and application of amplicon sequencing and shotgun metagenomics related to the breadth of microbial diversity in a wide variety of organisms and habitats. Students will use bioinformatics tools, practice analysis, and interpret metagenomic datasets to analyze different agricultural microbiomes.

2. Brief background

What is the microbiome? The gathering of microorganisms that inhabit a particular environment is observed referred to as the microbiome. The microbiome includes all microorganism life: bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. Microbiomes exist on and inside plants, animals, insects, amphibians, birds, and etc. They conjointly exist in niches to themselves during a large choice of terrestrial, marine, and aquatic environments. Several of those environments are extreme together with hot springs, deep ocean thermal vents, and undersea rock formations.

Moreover, microbes in soil, root system and in animal gut are essential for agriculture. Next generation DNA sequencing-based methods allow us to profile the diverse community of microbes in these ecosystems. The methods allow us to detect and quantify both good and bad fungi and bacteria, down to strain level specificity and with high sensitivity, and to understand what they do in different settings and over time. This all sounds great, but how does it work in practice?

3. Course objectives
4. Location

ICISE center, located by the sea and surrounded by mountains, about 6km from the city of Quy Nhon. The lecture hall is equipped with a video projector, a blackboard, audio system, wireless connection. ICISE has a nice, quiet campus with coconut trees and a beautiful beach.

5. Schedule

Time: 13-14/12/2022

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6. Criteria selection

Target audience: The workshop is targeting strongly interested graduates, postgraduates, staff bioinformaticians and PIs who are currently executing or planning to conduct microbiome research in the near future, especially in agricultural research.


You will also require your own laptop computer. Minimum requirements: 1024x768 screen resolution, 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 10GB free disk space, recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (Most computers purchased in the past 3-4 years likely meet these requirements).

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Registration fee: 3.000.000 VND

The registration fee must be paid at:
Bank account: Rencontres du Vietnam
Account number: 0051000521912
Bank: Vietcombank
Branch: Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province, chi nhánh TP Quy Nhơn
Transfer content: Name_VSOB2022

Financial Support:

Participants are expected to cover their own travel. The 1st VSOB will cover accommodation, foods and local hospitality for all selected participants during the event in ICISE.

Inquiry or cancellation should be sent to vsob-icise@gmail.com


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