WESTPAC Training Course on Molecular Taxonomy based on Single DNA Barcoding and Metabarcoding, Jakarta, Indonesia, 25 Sep - 6 Oct 2017

25 Sep 2017 - 06 Oct 2017

WESTPAC Training Course on Molecular Taxonomy based on Single DNA Barcoding and Metabarcoding – IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health, Jakarta, Indonesia, 25 September–6 October 2017

Introduction

The UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health (hereinafter referred to as “MarBEST Center”) was inaugurated on 17 October 2016 at the host institute of the Research Center for Oceanography-Indonesian Institute of Sciences (RCO-LIPI), Jakarta, Indonesia. The Agreement on the MarBEST Center establishment was signed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, at the Eleventh Intergovernmental Session of UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-XI) in Qingdao, China in April 2017.

The MarBEST Center offered its first training course on Crustacean Taxonomy right after the MarBEST Center’s launch in October 2016. The training covered ocean biosystematics, crustacean species identifications and techniques, and scientific writing skills for publications. The first training course of MarBEST Center reached to more than 30 trainees from 10 countries.

As per the Agreement, “the objectives of the Center shall be to enhance the regional research capacity and capability on marine taxonomy and promote long-term assessment of ecosystem health through, among others, provisions of regular training courses in English once a year to students, young researchers and lecturers mainly from the developing member states of IOC in the Western Pacific.”

To this end, with the constructive suggestions and overwhelming interests received from the previous training course, this Training Course on Molecular Taxonomy based on Single DNA Barcoding and Metabarcoding will be held on 25 September – 6 October 2017.

Objectives and Scope of the Training course

This training course is designed to develop the capacity of member states in the Western Pacific (suitable candidates from outside the region will also be welcome), who are involved in molecular taxonomy of marine organisms. The training will cover topics related to Molecular Taxonomy based on Single DNA Barcoding and Metabarcoding study of various marine organisms in the tropical region including marine vertebrate, invertebrate (Insects, Mollusk, Polychaeta & Annelids, Crustaceans, Coelenterate, Cnidarians, Echinoderms), marine planktons, marine bacteria and virus, and marine plants (algae and sea grass).

Expected Outcomes

In addition to establishing the regional network of marine diversity research, the trainees are expected to improve their understanding of Molecular Taxonomy based on Single DNA Barcoding and Metabarcoding study.

Date and Venue

The training course will be conducted from 25 September to 6 October 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. More information about this center and this training course can be found on the websites of WESTPAC (http://iocwestpac.org) and Indonesian Institute of Science (http://lipi.go.id).


Lecturers and Agenda for the Training Course

Experienced experts on molecular taxonomy of marine organisms within and outside the region will serve as lecturers of this training course. Lecturers and tentative training topics are listed as follows. Detailed agenda for the training course will be updated on the websites of WESTPAC (http://iocwestpac.org) and Indonesian Institute of Science (http://lipi.go.id).

Tentative Training Topics

Lectures
a. Present Status of Marine Biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific
Dr Suchana Chavanich, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

b. Cell Biology: Structure and Function
Dr Forest Rohwer, San Diego University, USA

c. Introduction of Molecular Genetics
Dr Youn-Ho Lee, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

d. Progress of Molecular Taxonomy on Marine Vertebrate
Dr Philip Borsa, Institute of Research for Development, France

e. Progress of Molecular Taxonomy on Marine Invertebrate
Dr Christopher Meyer, Natural Museum, USA

f. Single DNA Barcoding in Invertebrate
Dr Nicholas Hubert, Institute of Research for Development, France

g. Single DNA barcoding in Vertebrae-Fish
Dr Albert Chokona, South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa

h. Environment-DNA/Meta-Barcoding-Fish
Dr Satoshi Yamamoto, Kobe University, Japan

i. Environment-DNA/Meta Barcoding- Plankton
Dr Youn-Ho Lee, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

j. Practical Guide: Genetic data analysis in single DNA barcoding study
Dr Albert Chokona, South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa

k. Practical Guide: Genetic data analysis in metabarcoding study
Dr Satoshi Yamamoto, Kobe University, Japan

l. Practical Guide: Genetic data analysis in Molecular Phylogenetic & Evolution
Dr Takahiro Yonezawa, Fudan University, China

m. Practical Guide: Total DNA extraction and Gel ElectrophoresisProcedures
Dr Hagi Yulia Sugeha, Research Center for Oceanography, Indonesia

n. Practical Guide: PCR and Real Time PCR Procedures
Dr Irma Shita Arlyza, Research Center for Oceanography, Indonesia

o. Practical Guide: DNA Single Sequencing & NGS Procedures
Dr Yopi, Research Center for Oceanography, Indonesia

Field Sampling
a. Collecting genetic material at Pari Island, Indonesia
b. Total DNA extraction from environmental DNA samples at Pari Island, Indonesia

Genetic Laboratory Works
a. Total DNA extraction from individual sample at Genetic Lab of RCO-LIPI
b. PCR analysis at Genetic Lab of RCO-LIPI
c. RT PCR analysis at Genetic Lab of RCO-LIPI
d. DNA sequencing analysis at Genetic Lab of Research Center for Biotechnology-LIPI

Working Language

The training course will be conducted in English.

Trainees

Trainees will be selected mainly from WESTPAC member states with priority given to those young scientists and junior technical staff who have experience in molecular taxonomy of marine organism and/or have doctoral degrees in related major. The applicants should have a good command of English.


Qualification for Candidates:

1. Young researchers, lecturers and marine conservation managers (under 40 years old as of 1 July 2017) of IOC-WESTPAC member countries including ASEAN countries.
2. Candidate shall meet at least one of the criteria below:
2.1 Holding bachelor, master and/or doctoral degree in molecular biology (please provide a copy of graduation certificate with the application)
2.2 Minimum 1 year of work experience in molecular biology (please provide a formal letter of notification from the head of institute with the application)
2.3 Attending a previous training related to molecular biology (please provide a training certificate with the application)

Financial Assistance for Participants

Financial support will be provided to trainees who are in need, particularly those from developing countries. A selection committee will be set-up with a view to selecting the most qualified participants among applications to receive financial assistance. The information filled in the attached application form will be of great help for the selection process.

Deadline for Application

The filled-in application form shall be sent to Ms Hilda Novianty with a copy to Ms Rianta Pratiwi, and Ms Nachapa Saransuth at the following addresses no later than 31 July 2017. All applicants will be informed of the final selection result no later than 7 August 2017. A certain number of self-funded applicants will be also selected to take part in this training course.

Visa

Selected trainees traveling to Indonesia probably need to apply for entry visa to Indonesia in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Please check the visa requirements with the Embassy/Consulate of Indonesia in your country and apply for it as soon as possible. The local secretariat (Ms Hilda Novianty and Ms Rianta Pratiwi) will be glad to provide you any assistance upon your request.

Contacting Information

Ms Hilda Novianty
Technical Implementing Unit (TIU) –Pari Island
Indonesian Institute of Sciences
E-mail: hildanovianty2012@gmail.com

Ms Rianta Pratiwi
Research Center for Oceanography, Indonesian Institute of Sciences
E-mail: pratiwiafriadi@gmail.com

Ms Nachapa Saransuth
Programme Assistant
UNESCO/IOC Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Tel: +66 2 141 1288
Fax: +66 2 143 9245
E-mail: n.saransuth@unesco.org

Location Jakarta, Indonesia
Event Type Technical Workshops and Trainnings
Organisers Staff Participants

Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Hilda Novianty
Rianta Pratiwi

Information Documents
# Title
1.  Training Course Announcement
2. Application Form

Participants

# Name Job Title Affiliation Address Telephone Fax
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