Computational Meta-genomics Workshop held from 1-5 Dec 2014, University of Mauritius

Participants from 11 African countries including Mauritius posing for a group photo

Computational Meta-genomics Workshop

1-     5 December 2014, University of Mauritius



Conventional genomic research on microorganisms determines the DNA sequences of individual microbes by examining cultivated strains. In meta-genomics, DNA sequence information is extracted from entire microbial communities in situ. Meta-genomic approaches use this bulk data to infer underlying properties of both individual microbes and microbial communities as a whole.

The Computational Meta-genomics Workshop held from 1-5 Dec 2014, provided a weeklong series of training seminars, practical demonstrations, hands-on tutorials and research talks on the use of software tools to analyze and interpret meta-genomics data. The scope of the workshop was quite broad and offered an overview of cutting-edge fundamental theory and practical applications of meta-genomics.

The participants for the workshop came from 11 African countries including Mauritius. The workshop was supported by the University of Mauritius and the H3ABioNet (H3Africa) Initiative, as well as the University of Cape Town (SA), Linnaeus University (Sweden), CERTH (Thessalonica, Greece) and the University of Cyprus.

The instructors were:

  • Prof. Christos Ouzounis from CERTH Thessalonica, Greece
  • Dr. Daniel Lundin from the Linnaeus University, Sweden.
  • Dr. Gerrit Botha from the University of Cape Town (H3ABioNet), South Africa
  • Dr. Shakuntala Baichoo from the University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • Dr. Vasilis Promponas from the University of Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus

The H3ABioNet ( provides a sustainable African Bioinformatics Network to support H3Africa (Human Hereditary and Health in Africa) researchers through the development of bioinformatics capacity on the African continent. H3Africa is a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (USA), Wellcome Trust (UK) and the African Society for Human Genetics. Participants for the workshop are coming from eleven (11) African countries, including Mauritius.