CABANA Symposium: Bioinformatics and Biodiversity - Unlocking new tools for biodiversity research


 Monday 2 Wednesday 4 September 2019


Vale Institute of Technology (ITV) - R. Boaventura da Silva, , 955 - NazaréBelem,  - PA,  66055-090, Brazil

Application opens: 

Wednesday 03 July 2019

Application deadline: 

Friday 16 August 2019


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Derrin Crawte

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Course Overview

This symposium will cover a broad range of topics in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding bioinformatics for biodiversity studies. Biodiversity experts from across Latin America and beyond will provide an introduction to the field, including general approaches and technologies for studying biodiversity in different contexts. Sample collection and processing, selecting appropriate markers and various analysis methods will be covered, as will regulatory issues in Latin America.

2 day symposium in Bragança, Pará State

There will be a second symposium titled, “IV North Northeast Symposium on Bioinformatics” in Bragança - PA between 4-5th September. The topic will also be biodiversity. It will be a good opportunity to connect with a wider bioinformatics community and to also see a beautiful spot near the coast. For further information please follow this link.


This symposium is aimed at a broad audience. We will welcome researchers from postgraduate level upwards who conduct biodiversity studies and are interested in initiating or boosting molecular and computational approaches to their work. We also welcome participation from those in industry, government, funding agencies or other stakeholders interested in establishing projects or programs on the use of molecular tools for biodiversity assessment, monitoring or species identification.

The symposium will present a higher level view of the topic. Specific molecular or computational skills are not necessary. However, a general understanding of molecular approaches will be very useful, as will an understanding of current practices for biodiversity assessment.

Please note this symposium will be in English, however, the speakers may be fluent in either Spanish/Portuguese, and can offer language support where feasible.

A number of travel fellowships are available for this course - early-stage researchers and researchers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply for CABANA travel fellowships. You can apply for travel fellowships via the course application form.

Learning outcomes

After this symposium, you should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of molecular and computational approaches for the use of DNA-based technologies for biodiversity studies and assessment
  • Design research applications using DNA-based methodologies
  • Critically assess DNA-based technologies for biodiversity studies
  • Critically evaluate the use of DNA-based technologies for industrial and government needs


Day 1 - DNA Barcoding
Day 2 - DNA metabarcoding
Day 3 - Conservation genomics and key issues of DNA-based methods. Challenges in the deployment of DNA-based technologies.


Day 1 – Monday 2 September 2019
08:00-09:00 Registration  
09:00-09:30 Welcome and introductions Guilherme Oliveira, ITV
09:30-10:30 DNA barcoding biodiversity (online) Paul Hebert, Uni. Guelph
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Strategies for collecting and processing samples Claudio Oliveira, UNESP & Darío Lijtmer, NHM of Buenos Aires
12:00-12:30 Q&A Claudio Oliveira, UNESP & Darío Lijtmer, NHM of Buenos Aires
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 DNA barcoding biodiversity, selecting appropriate markers and barcode analysis Pablo Lavinia & Dario Lijtmaer, NHM of Buenos Aires
14:30-15:30 Analyzing DNA barcodes Pablo Lavinia, NHM of Buenos Aires
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:00 Species boundaries using DNA barcdoes Santelmo Vasconcelos, ITV
17:00 End of day 1  
Day 2 – Tuesday 3 September 2019
09:00-10:00 Effective mechanisms for DNA-based characterization of plant diversity Peter Hollingsworth, Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh
10:00-10:30 Metabarcoding bulk analysis of biodiversity in the ocean Dirk Steinke, Uni. Guelph
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 An overview to metabarcoding approaches Claudio Oliveira, UNESP
12:00-12:30 Q&A

Claudio Oliveira & Peter Hollingsworth

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Metabarcode analysis Ronnie Alves, ITV
14:30-15:30 Which sequencing platform to use?

Guilherme Oliveira, ITV

Raul Torrieri, Illumina

Andres Larrea, Pacific Bioscience

15:30-16:00 Break  
16:00-17:00 Metabarcoding in Herbal Product Authentication – Where are we today? Hugo de Boer, Uni. of Oslo
17:00-17:30 Q&A Ronnie Alves, ITV
Guilherme Oliveira, ITV
Hugo de Boer, Univ. of Oslo
17:30 End of day 2  
Day 3 – Wednesday 4 September 2019
09:00-10:00 Understanding Ecology through DNA Jonathan Ready, UFPA
10:00-11:00 Why should we barcode biodiversity and why you should get involved Peter Hollingsworth, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Conservation genomics applications Fabrício Santos, UFMG
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Panel Discussion: Issues and solutions for the deployment of DNA-based analysis in Latin America, from funding to infrastructure Guilherme Oliveira, ITV
Fabrício Santos, UFMG
Pablo Lavinia and Darío Lijtmaer, Natural History Museum of Buenos Aires
14:30-15:30 Biodiversity genomics: unlocking deep secrets Paul Flicek, EMBL-EBI, UK
15:30-16:30 Concluding remarks and wrap-up Guilherme Oliveira, ITV
17:00 Depart to Bragança - IV SNNB