Summer Schools

EpiDiverse Summer School 1: Plant ecological epigenetics and epigenomics – Wageningen, Netherlands (June 2018)

The school aims to establish a common knowledge base in ecological epigenetics concepts for students from all three disciplines and to inspire students to tackle big questions in plant ecological epigenetics and epigenomics. Training in this school provides the foundation for the ESRs to internalize the multi-disciplinary EpiDiverse research agenda. In addition, workshops will be given to help the students to successfully manage their PhD projects.

EpiDiverse Summer School 2: Bioinformatics for genome and epigenome analysis – Leipzig, Germany (2019)

This Summer School is an extended hands-on bioinformatics bootcamp. The school aims to provide an understanding and hands-on experience in Next-Generation Sequencing data analysis with a special focus on bisulfite sequencing and is co-organized by the bioinformatics groups within EpiDiverse that developed and benchmarked DNA methylation analysis pipelines. This school will make analysis approaches available to all ESRs and train the ESRs on the concepts and the practical use of the centralized EpiDiverse high-performance cluster; and enable ESRs to independently use best-practices bisulfite sequencing analysis pipelines and data archiving protocols.

EpiDiverse Summer School 3: Advanced analysis and integration of -omic and ecological data – Marburg, Germany (2020)

During this Summer School the ESRs get specialized training in methods for downstream analyses that combine (epi)genetic, environmental, and geographic information to draw ecological insights. These skills are essential for understanding the (epi)genomic responses to ecological variation but they also provide a sound basis for creative use, integration and interpretation of large data in general, which strengthens career opportunities beyond academia in the open data and internet-based economy.

EpiDiverse Summer School 4: Translating and communicating science – Udine, Italy (2021)

This school emphasizes transferable skills: science communication and entrepreneurship. There will be a science communication workshop. Further the ESRs will work jointly on contributing information from their projects to the EpiDiverse online learning portal. A second focus will be on entrepreneurship where partners and beneficiaries will provide insights into careers in life science companies and experiences with founding of a start-up company will be shared with the ESRs. The ESRs will be introduced to commercial exploitation of genetic resources in Fragaria and Populus by representatives of commervcial companies.

Scientific conference – Seville, Spain (2021)

To mark the end of the EpiDiverse programme an open scientific conference on plant ecological epigenetics and epigenomics will be organized Seville in 2021. At this conference, ESRs will present their results with the broader scientific community and transfer knowledge on epigenetic diversity to stakeholders from biodiversity management and conservation.