11th International Metabolomics Workshop

11th International Metabolomics Workshop

The Basics and Applications to Plant Sciences

Why metabolomics?

Recently, systems biology became an important tool in life sciences. Of the diverse tools in this approach, metabolomics plays an integral role in systems biology. Whatever the type of target - plant, human, animal, or microbe - metabolomics focuses on the metabolic pathways and processes, as well as specific compounds, which relates them to growth, development, stress, disease, environmental changes, etc.  Particularly for plant sciences, metabolomics is being applied to a wide range of fields, including the studies of plant interactions with other plants, insects and diseases or the effect of medicinal plants or novel drugs in in-vivo bioassays. The quality control of food or herbal medicine also applies metabolomics analysis as an invaluable tool. 
Metabolomics is indispensable in life sciences. This workshop brings together natural products researchers from all over the world to have a chance to discuss the potential benefits and limitations of metabolomics with prominent scientists in the field of metabolomics.


1st – 5th April 2019; Main Workshop
8th - 12th April 2019; Hands-on Workshop (optional)
15th – 19th April 2019; Basic structure elucidation of primary metabolites by NMR (optional)

Topics included

Primary and Secondary Metabolism in Plants
Analytical Techniques: Chromatography, MS and NMR
Statistics: Basics of Multivariate Data Analysis
Applications in Plant Sciences and Systems Biology

Who can apply?

The workshop targets researchers who are experienced in the isolation and identification of natural products but have not yet had experience with metabolomics. Whilst it is popular amongst PhD students, any professional who would like to learn about metabolomics is welcome. It is not necessary to have a background in plant science to register for this course.

What you will gain

The goal of the workshop is to introduce the concept of systems biology as an observation-based approach rather than a hypothesis-based approach. The major tools are the omics. The final goal is to match the genes with the metabolites; this means to map the networks at the level of the DNA and RNA, proteins and small molecules. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to discuss your own research and the possible use of metabolomics with fellow participants and lecturers.

This workshop also aims to motivate professionals and to spark their enthusiasm for interesting field studies and applications. We believe that our workshop provides a sound platform for taking off into the metabolomics world. 

Registration fee

The workshop registration fee of €800 includes an electronic handout (on USB), lunches (1st-5th April only), coffee breaks and one workshop dinner. A printed version of the handout and a binder with the lectures can be arranged with an additional fee (€50).
The costs for the optional Hands-on Workshop and Basic structure elucidation of primary metabolites by NMR are €200 (per week). 
Please note that the workshop registration fee does not include accommodation costs.

Maximum number of participants

For the workshop, 1 - 5 April: 25
For the hands-on, 8 - 12 April: 10
For wrapping up, 15 - 19 April: 10

First paid first served policy

Registration deadline

24 March 2019

Organizing committee

Young Hae Choi
Barbora Pomahacova
Rob Verpoorte