Welcome to our MOLTRAQ workshop and courses.


Workshop and training course:

Molecular tracing of viral diseases in aquaculture

January 26 – 30, 2015


The EMIDA project MOLTRAQ is coming to an end, and we would hereby like to share new findings and tools for molecular tracing of viral diseases in aquaculture. The primary aim of the workshop is to bring colleagues involved in molecular biology, bioinformatics and epidemiology together in order to develop strong methods for risk analysis and prevention of spread of serious diseases in aquaculture.

Location: Université de Montpellier 2, place Eugene Bataillon 34095 Montpellier, France


Organizer(s): MOLTRAQ

Contact: Tatiana Vallaeys tvallaey@univ-montp2.fr

Aurélien Livernois aurelien.livernois@gmail.com

Niels Jørgen Olesen njol@vet.dtu.dk

Britt Bang Jensen britt-bang.jensen@vetinst.no

General objectives

The workshop and course aims to provide participants knowledge on the molecular and genetic tools available for providing molecular epidemiological analysis and tracing of disease outbreaks in aquatic animals. In addition focus will be on virus evolution and on factors in the environment, the host and the virus that drive the evolution of viruses in aquatic environments.


The program is divided into a workshop and stakeholder meeting Tuesday 27.01.2015 and a training course in molecular epidemiology 28-29.01.2015.

An internal progress meeting will be held back to back Friday 30th.

The key topics of the training course are:

    • How to collect molecular data in aquatic animals for epidemiological use

    • Phylogeny and bioinformatics of viral aquatic pathogens

The sessions in the course will be a combination of theory and practical studies. Leading scientists within epidemiology and molecular biology are invited to present talks on molecular epidemiology and virus evolution.

Number of participants: Maximum 50 at the workshop sessions 1-2, and maximum 25 in course sessions 3-6. Application with background for participation needed.

At registration please inform us your background and reason for participating.

Project participant: Jean-Christophe Avarre IRD , Tatiana Vallaeys Pr Université de Montpellier, Michael Cieslak FLI, Magne Aldrin NR, Peder Jansen NVI, Niels Jørgen Olesen DTU , Susie Sommer Mikkelsen DTU, Morten S. Bruun DTU, Britt Bang Jensen NVI, Heike Schuetze FLI, Sven Bergmann FLI, Laurent Bigarré ANSES , Saliha Haloummi IRD, Tristan Renault IFREMER, Alice Fusaro IZSVe, Valentina Panzarin IZSVe.

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The workshop and training course itself is free of charge, but you will have to pay a fee for meals and coffees.