Bioinformatic analysis of the airway microbiome: A QIIME2 workshop

This five-day workshop focuses on applied bioinformatics in the field of microbiome data mainly for non-computer scientists using QIIME2.

QIIME2 is a next-generation microbiome bioinformatics platform that is extensible, free, open source, and community developed. This workshop will be held by the QIIME2 developers, Greg Caporaso and Matthew Ryan Dillon, both brilliant and experienced lecturers and experts in the field of microbiome research. 

Participants are required to have some experience with QIIME2 prior to attending the workshop, as no introduction to QIIME2 will be given. Examples used in the workshop will be from the MicroCOPD study, which is data consisting of 16S-rRNA (bacterial) and ITS (fungal) sequencing data from lung samples. Since these samples are low biomass, an emphasis will be on the challenges related to contamination in microbiome analysis. 

Participants can bring their own data, but workshop datasets will also be provided. The sessions in the workshop include interactive discussions on several related topics such as different denoising strategies, bioinformatic identification and handling of contaminants, filtering strategies, diversity analyses, differential abundance testing, statistics interpretation, and visualisation and presentation of data. 


Course is full. Send an email to if you are interested in participating.

Registration fee

The course fee is NOK 4500. This includes lunch every day, and a dinner for all participants on March 19th. Participants will receive details regarding payment together with confirmation of registration.

Digital Life Norway Research School covers travel, accommodation, and registration fee for members who apply for a travel grant.


Basic experience with QIIME2 and the command line interface. Students are required to bring their own computer with QIIME2 installed.


The workshop will take place at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen. Details regarding rooms will be given to participants after they have signed up. In addition to the official program, all participants and lecturers are invited to a social event on one of the evenings.


Feel free to contact Elise Orvedal Leiten at or by phone +47 90748560
Contact Liv Eggset Falkenberg for research school matters.

Informasjon om arrangementet

  • Tidspunkt:
    09. — 13. Nov 2020
  • Sted:
  • Arrangement:


Elise Orvedal Leiten
+47 90748560


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