Course “Application of advanced genomic tools for conservation of marine biodiversity“

6 – 10 June 2022, Penang, Malaysia

The ICGEB aims at strengthening the research capability of its Members through a comprehensive training programme and approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The active participation of ICGEB Member States nationals in the ICGEB Meetings and Courses is therefore highly encouraged.


Sau Pinn Woo (Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)

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Deadline for receipt of applications:
27 March 2022 – Deadline extended

The issue of climate change and its subsidiary impacts especially ocean acidification and ocean warming are the most pressing issue for countries in this region that which are heavily dependent on the productivity of the ocean as main source of food security and economic driver. Understanding the basic physiological, behavioural, and distribution changes especially in cellular level (Genomics and Proteomics) of these species are fundamental in charting management and conservation plans to safeguard them. With the onset of technological advancement and high-throughput genetic data generation, new techniques are available that are cheap and can effectively promote our knowledge to help the region prepare for the adverse effects of climate change to food security and biodiversity.

The two main topics that will be discussed during the course revolve around climate change  and marine biodiversity. Both these topics are the most pressing issues that need to be addressed in the region. Malaysia and the Southeast Asia nations are blessed with immense marine resources as the region is seated in the centre for maximum marine biodiversity with the highest number of marine species as well as genetic diversity for marine organisms. Impacts of climate change especially in the rise of seawater temperature and acidification are among the most severe consequences in the near future that may potentially cripple food security as well as ecosystem services to the region. Understanding the response mechanism of marine animals, especially those which are commercially important species at cellular level will help us manage and identify mitigation according to the different resilience of these animals. Capacity building through this workshop will  also form a research consortium across young scientist in the region to be able to analyse significant amount of data in wide geographical area to be able to come out with comprehensive data for management of resources.


Climate change and marine biodiversity, Genomics, Proteomics Bioinformatics.


Researchers working in the topics of climate change impacts to marine invertebrates, especially stress responses, adaptation and resilience at cellular, genomic, and proteomic level. Early career scientist and PhD students are highly encouraged to participate.


A limited number of grants covering course fee, travel cost, and local hospitality throughout the course will be provided for selected PhD students or Early Career Scientist (below 35 years old) who are nationals of ICGEB Member States. The course fee for participants is Euro 90, which covers local hospitality throughout the course. Participants are expected to cover their own travelling expenses.

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