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Overview of Training School

This Training School will be mainly, but not exclusively oriented towards practitioners, with the aim of presenting, in the simplest and yet most comprehensive manner, the contribution that can be provided by genetics and genomics for effectively tackling practical conservation and management problems. The underlying rationale for the School is to create a bidirectional information flow between scientists and practitioners to explore and clarify where and when genomics can make a difference in every day conservation within an EU policy and legislative framework, but with global application. To this end, trainees will be asked to offer at the beginning a short presentation about the main conservation challenges of their current jobs where they think genetic tools might help. At the end of the School, we will revisit these presentations, discussing the options and potential strategies that can be applied using the genomic and analytical tools described during the School. We hope to enable those involved to go back to their respective positions armed with a plan that they can then put into practice! This School may also be relevant to graduate students about to embark on conservation genomics projects to help them develop workplans, and just as important, to allow them to make their work policy and management oriented from the outset.


The following world renowned and experienced conservation geneticists will be contributing to this unique training school possible through the G-BIKE Cost Action. By clicking on the trainer's name you may access a brief background of their work. 

1. Adriana Vella (University of Malta, Malta)

2. Cristano Vernesi (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy) 

3. Gernot Segelbacher University of Freiburg, Germany)

4. Josie Jackson (University of Cardiff, UK) 

5. Linda Laikre (Stockholm University, Sweden) 

6. Margarida Fernandes (Institute of Conservation of Nature and Forests, Portugal) 

7. Mike Bruford (University of Cardiff, UK) 

8. Myriam Heuertz (INRA, France) 

9. Noel Vella (University of Malta, Malta)

10. Paul Hohenlohe (University of Idaho, USA) 

11. Per Sjogren-Gulve (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Sweden)

12. Sean Hoban (Morton Arboretum, USA)



Photo credits: Mike Bruford, Adriana Vella, Cristiano Vernesi 


Last Updated: 14 November 2019

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