28.-29. Nov 2019 - Applied Machine Learning in Taxonomy

The workshop aims to provide a hands-on introduction into important Machine Learning (ML) techniques with the opportunity to discuss their applicability in the context of participants’ data. Biologists with interest in data analysis and little or no prior knowledge of machine learning are encouraged to attend. Basic programming skills (e.g. in Python or R) will be helpful, but are not required.

[ARCHIVE] 27.-29. Sep 2019 - Bioinformatics for RADseq data

The focus will be on downstream analyses for species delimitation, detecting hybridization, dealing with polyploidy, and using RAD data. Participants should be familiar with basics of NGS and assembly of RAD data. Block sessions will provide introductions and time for hands-on analysis of data on HPC cluster (Göttingen). Registration is now closed. Please send last minute requests to Claudia Pätzold (claudia.paetzold@uni-goettingen.de).

[ARCHIVE] 28.-29. Jun 2019 - Taxon-omics Annual Meeting - Updated Schedule

From 28-29 June 2019, we will hold our annual meeting at the Munich Botanical Gardens with an optional pre-meeting workshop from 26-27 June. Download the full program with abstracts here or see the schedule below.


Pre-meeting Workshop: Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 June

Before our annual meeting, we will host a workshop from 26 - 27 June, "Hybridization capture, hyRAD, and targeted capture: workflows in wet and dry lab.”

Thursday afternoon/evening: Optional meetings for labs wishing to discuss ongoing or new collaborations. Being linked within the SPP is among the most important aspects of any priority program. Rooms for small meetings are available all afternoon and evening, or simply go to the Augustiner Keller (18:30h – 21:00h)

Attendees of the pre-meeting workshop on 27. June at the steps of the Munich Botanical Garden.

Attendees of the pre-meeting workshop on 27. June at the steps of the Munich Botanical Garden.


Taxon-omics SPP 1991 Annual Meeting

Friday, 28 June

9:00 onwards: Morning coffee (catered); setting-up posters (they will be displayed throughout the meeting)

10:00-11:00 Meetings of lab groups, early-career participants, and potential new participants

11:00-11:15 Philipp Hühn, Mainz: Double digest RADSeq for long loci in phylogenomics –potential applications 

11:15-11:30 Nicolas Straube, Munich: Sequencing archival DNA from vertebrate wet collections

11:30-11:45 Janna Peters, Hamburg: Assessing zooplankton biodiversity by proteomic fingerprinting

11:45-12:00 Michael Kloster, Bielefeld: Combining virtual slides, web-based (multi-)expert annotation and image analysis for assembling training image sets for digital diatom analysis

12:00-13:00 Lunch (catered in our building)

13:00-14:00 Summary of activities & resume of the past three years (Renner and other steering committee members)

14:00-15:00 incl. discussion: Professor Wolfgang Wägele, Director of the Museum König in Bonn: 
"Biodiversity monitoring requires digital species data and automated identification tools”

15:00-15:30 Coffee break (catered)

15:30-15:45 Bernhard Hausdorf, Hamburg: Species delimitation and geography

15:45-16:00 Torsten Hauffe, Gießen: New methods for species discovery

16:00-16:15 Kevin Karbstein, Göttingen: What is a species? Unraveling biodiversity within the agamic Ranunculus auricomus polyploid complex using RADseq and target enrichment

16:15-16:30 Franziska Patzold, Dresden: Initial procedure in phenomics of Lepidoptera museum specimens to compare wing pattern genes using NGS

16:30-16:45 Sabine Schiwitza, Cologne: Integrative taxonomy of protists exemplified by choanoflagellates

16:45-17:00 Dirk Albach, Oldenburg: Genotyping polyploids with RAD-methods - Insights and challenges

17:00-17:30 Break (no catering)

17:30-18:00 Miguel Vences and Ivaylo Kostadinov: Introduction to GFBio as background to the roundtable on Saturday morning

18:00 Dinner (catered in our building)

Saturday, 29 June

8:30 onwards: Morning coffee (catered)

9:00-10:00 Roundtable on Data deposition efforts in our SPP. Participants: Miguel Vences, Dominik Begerow, Ivaylo Kostadinov, Janine Felden, and Tanja Weibulat

10:00-10:30 Break (not catered)

10:30-10:40 Robin-Tobias Jauss, Leipzig: Deep molecular characterization of protist diversity

10:40-10:50 Susanne Walden, Cologne: Primer design and trouble-shooting: When general eukaryotic primers don’t work

10:50-11:00 Lois Rancilhac, Braunschweig: A history of reticulation and inter-lineage gene flow, reconstructed by a phylotranscriptomic analysis of salamanders and newts (Salamandridae)

11:00-11:10 Lena Steins, Bochum: Comparative genomics of smut fungi indicate incapability of meiotic division in life cycle reduced Ustilaginomycetes

11:10-11:20 Fabian Deister, Munich: Comparative genomics and the nature of species in sponges - case studies in genus Tethya

11:20-11:30 Darrin Hulsey, Konstanz: The genomic basis of diagnostic species phenotypes: will phylogenomics help (or hurt) our taxonomic inferences?

11:30-11:40 Agnes Scheunert, Regensburg: Approaches for tracking polyploidization and hybridization in the young, closely related Leucanthemum complex (Compositae, Anthemideae)

11:40-12:00 OPEN discussion & official farewell

12:00-13:00 Lunch (catered in our building)

Attendees of our 3rd annual meeting on 29. June at the steps of the Munich Botanical Garden.

Attendees of our 3rd annual meeting on 29. June at the steps of the Munich Botanical Garden.



Munich Botanical Gardens

Menzinger Str. 67

80638 Munich, Germany

Public transport: Tram 17 or Bus 143 (see MVG) stop “Botanischer Garten.”

Download more information about getting to our Institute or about cheap local accommodations.

Email schuster.tanja@lmu.de or renner@lmu.de for more information.
For additional updates check here or on our Facebook page (facebook.com/dfg.taxonomics).

[ARCHIVE] 18.-21. Feb 2019 - Workshop "The background and application of ddRAD"

Organized by Philipp Hühn, Gudrun Kadereit, and Thibaud Messerschmid (University of Mainz), and Kevin Karbstein (University of Goettingen) at the Institute of Molecular Physiology, University of Mainz.

The major aim of this workshop is to impart practical experience for a ddRAD lab work flow including all steps from the restriction-digest to the final DNA library. We will discuss all sorts of potential hurdles, traps and mistakes that might cause suboptimal data quality and yield. Our modified ddRAD protocol is optimized for long loci with the aim to perform gene tree analyses with the data, however, we will also discuss other protocols of the RADfamily. The participants are invited to bring their own DNA samples (preferably of high quality) to test our lab workflow for their study group. Since our lab is small, we have to restrict the number of participants to eight.