Training School 1

Training School on “Prognosis & Advanced Diagnosis on Xanthomonadaceae

This is the first announcement for the 1st Training School of the EuroXanth COST Action. This 5-day Training School on “Prognosis & Advanced Diagnosis on Xanthomonadaceae” will take pace in Heraklion/Crete, Greece, from February 12 to 16, 2018. This Training School will address tools and technologies used to detect bacteria of the Xanthomonadaceae family and approaches to study the genetic diversity and population structure of bacterial isolates, including MLST/MLSA, VNTR/MLVA and NGS approaches. The Training School will involve seminars, demonstrations, use of software and databases as well as hands-on activities.

We are planning to address the following topics in this Training School:

  • Day 1: Theory – Preparatory steps for “Hands on” experience – Introduction to Prognosis (Know thyself),
  • Day 2: How to properly prepare samples from my infected tissues / “Hands on” experience,
  • Day 3: Further tools on Prognosis & Advanced Diagnosis on Xanthomonadaceae – Commercial providers / Demonstration, “Hands on“ experience and Round-table discussion
  • Day 4: Genome sequencing techniques, population genomics and phylogeny as tools for diagnosis / Demonstration,
  • Day 5: Bioinformatics and Imaging techniques – Analysis of NGS data from Xanthomonadaceae samples – Demonstration and “Hands on” experience.

The Training School invites interested researchers from participating COST Countries to apply as soon as possible by sending a Letter of Motivation incl. a cost estimate for travel expenses (only for transportation, not for accommodation and meals), a CV of max. 2 pages and a list of publications to the Chair of the COST Action, Ralf Koebnik, and to the Grant Holder Administrator, Audrey Canado-Janjon.

Applications will be screened by an ad hoc committee and selected researchers will receive a fixed grant covering most, if not all of the costs. The organisers aim at welcoming approximately 18 Trainees. The COST Action specifically encourages Early-Career Investigators (ECIs) and researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) to apply.

Please consult the COST Vademecum for more details on eligibility for application and the reimbursement rules. Please be aware that you need to provide all travel documents within 4 weeks after return from the Training School in order to get reimbursed.

The deadline for application was December 24, 2017.

The Training School will be organised by three collaborating institutions from Crete:

Name Institution Department
Prof. Dimitrios GOUMAS University of Applied Sciences Department of Agriculture
Ass. Prof. Emmanuel LADOUKAKIS University of Crete Department of Biology
Dr. Pavlos PAVLIDIS Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) Institute of Computer Science
Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis SARRIS Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Dr. Emmanuel TRANTAS University of Applied Sciences Department of Agriculture
Dr. George TSEREVELAKIS Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser
Prof. Filippos VERVERIDIS University of Applied Sciences Department of Agriculture
Dr. Ioannis ZACHARAKIS Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser

The following external Trainers have been confirmed:

Name Affiliation Country
Marcos AMATO agdia EMEA, Grigny France
Vittoria CATARA University of Catania, Catania Italy
Joana COSTA Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra Portugal
Tanja DREO National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana Slovenia
Kireopori GOMGNIMBOU Beamedex®, Paris France
Maria HOLEVA Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Athens Greece
Marie-Agnès JACQUES Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences, Beaucouzé France
Ralf KOEBNIK Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier France
Clement RIPOLL Beamedex®, Paris France