Upcoming Conferences and Workshops


Metabolomics 2019

June 23 — 27, 2019

The Hague, Netherlands

The 15th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society will be held in The Hague from June 23-27, 2019. Check back for updates in the coming months at http://metabolomics2019.org.




EMBO|EMBL Symposium: Multiomics to Mechanisms - Challenges in Data Integration

September 11 - 13, 2019

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

This conference will provide a platform for bringing together leading researchers from computational biology, various omics fields and technology development to present their latest work and discuss applications, future ideas and the challenges for integrating large-scale biological data across different biological technologies and disciplines. A specific focus will be on discussing data integration of high-throughput technologies with molecular biology approaches. This conference aims to inspire novel ideas for data integration across the different omics fields and hence may sparkle exciting new future collaborations.

Event link: https://www.embo-embl-symposia.org/symposia/2019/EES19-07



EMBO Practical Course “Metabolomics Bioinformatics in Human Health”

September 16 - 20, 2019

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France

Application deadline: 15 April 2019

Registration: https://training.iarc.fr/embo-practical-course-metabolomics-bioinformatics-in-human-health

Aim: The EMBO Practical Course “Metabolomics Bioinformatics in Human Health” will be held in the International Agency for Research on Cancer on 16-20 September 2019 and will provide an advanced overview with hands-on practical on key issues and challenges in metabolomics, handling datasets and procedures for the analysis of metabolomics data using bioinformatics tools. Combining lectures from experts, computer-based practical sessions and interactive discussions, the EMBO Practical Course will provide a platform for discussion of the key questions and challenges in this field, from study design to metabolite identification.

This five-day course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs and researchers with at least one to two years of experience in the field of metabolomics who are seeking to improve their skills in metabolomics data analysis. Participants ideally must have working experience using R (including a basic understanding of the syntax and ability to manipulate objects).

During this course you will learn about:

  • Metabolomics study design, QC, workflows and sources of experimental error, target and untarget approaches
  • Metabolomics data processing tools: hands on open source R based programs, XCMS, MetFrag, MetFusion, ...
  • NMR and Computer-assisted structure elucidation
  • Metabolomics data analysis: Using R Bioconductor, understanding usage of univariate and multivariate data analysis, data fusion concepts, data clustering, machine learning and regression methods
  • Metabolomics downstream analyses: KEGG, BioCyc, and MetExplore for metabolic pathway and network analysis with visualisation of differential expression, understanding metabolomics flux analysis
  • Metabolomics standards and databases: FAIR Metabolomics, metabolomics resources and reproducibility
  • Metabolomics Flux and Stable Isotope Resolved Metabolomics (SIRM)

Speakers program:



Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

September 23 - October 18, 2019


Metabolomics is an emerging field that aims to measure the complement of metabolites (the metabolome) in living organisms. The metabolome represents the downstream effect of an organism’s genome and its interaction with the environment. Metabolomics has a wide application area across the medical and biological sciences. The course provides an introduction to metabolomics, describes the tools and techniques we use to study the metabolome and explains why we want to study it. By the end of the course you will understand how metabolomics can revolutionise our understanding of metabolism.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/Metabolomics-MOOC.aspx



Multiple Biofluid and Tissue Types, From Sample Preparation to Analysis Strategies for Metabolomics

September 25 - 27, 2019

Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

This 3-day course provides a theoretical overview and hands-on training to apply multiple sample preparation and UPLC-MS methods to characterise the metabolomes of complex biological samples using the mass spectrometer (Xevo QToF G2-XS - a maximum of 4 people working on the instrument in a session). The course is led by experts in the field who have experience of the analysis of microbial, plant and mammalian samples, and illustrates the different approaches that are available to analyse a range of biological samples and applying complementary liquid chromatography approaches to maximise the coverage of the metabolome.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/sample-analysis.aspx



Introduction to Metabolomics for the Microbiologist

October 9 - 11, 2019

Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

This three-day course introduces how untargeted metabolomics can be applied to study microbial systems in academic and industrial research. The course provides an overview of the metabolomics pipeline, experimental design, sample preparation and data acquisition. The course is led by experts in the field of metabolomics and will include lectures, hands-on laboratory sessions in sample preparation and data acquisition and computer workshops focused on data processing and data analysis.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/introduction-metabolomics-microbiologist.aspx



Metabolomics Data Processing and Data Analysis

October 21 - November 15, 2019


This online course explores the tools and approaches that are used to process and analyse metabolomics data. You will investigate the challenges that are typically encountered in the analysis of metabolomics data, and provide solutions to overcome these problems. The course is delivered using a combination of short videos, articles, discussions, and online workshops with step-by-step instructions and test data sets. We provide quizzes, polls and peer review exercises each week, so that you can review your learning throughout the course.

The material is delivered over a four week period, with an estimated learning time of four hours per week. We support your learning via social discussions where you will be able post questions and comments to the team of educators and the other learners on the course. In the final week of the course there is a live question and answer session with the entire team of educators. If you do not have time to complete the course during the 4-week period you will retain access to the course material to revisit, as you are able.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/Metabolomics-Data-Processing-and-Data-Analysis.aspx



Introduction to Metabolomics for the Clinical Scientist

October 25, 2019

Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

This 1-day course in partnership with the Phenome Centre Birmingham provides clinicians with an overview of the metabolomics pipeline highlighting the benefits of this technique to the medical field and an introduction to the Phenome Centre Birmingham and the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.

The course provides a suitable introduction to metabolomics prior to taking additional training courses at either the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre or the Imperial International Phenome Training Centre.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/introduction-metabolomics-microbiologist.aspx



Metabolomics with the Q Exactive

November 6 - 8, 2019

Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

This 3-day course introduces you to using the Q Exactive mass spectrometer in your metabolomics investigations. The course is led by experts in the field of metabolomics and includes lectures, laboratory sessions and computer workshops to provide a detailed overview of the metabolomics pipeline applying the Q Exactive mass spectrometer.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/q-exactive.aspx



Metabolite identification with the Q Exactive and LTQ Orbitrap

November 20 - 21, 2019

Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

This 2-day course will provide a hands-on approach to teach the attendees about the latest techniques and tools available to perform metabolite identification in non-targeted metabolomics studies. The course will be led by experts working within the fields of metabolomics and chemical analysis and will include a significant proportion of hands-on experience of using mass spectrometers, software tools and databases. A maximum of four people will be working on each mass spectrometer in a session. We will apply these tools on the Q Exactive and LTQ-Orbitrap family of mass spectrometers.

Course link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/courses/metabolite-identification.aspx