SUMMER SCHOOL 2: “FISHing Bacteria”

!Important!

Unfortunately, and given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Summer School cannot take place on the 1st-3rd of July 2020 as planned. The SS will be postponed in order to bring you this event at its full potential, while assuring everyone’s safety. The new dates will be announced soon and all the participants will be contacted.

About

The 2nd DelNAM Summer School will take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2020 and is organised by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The summer school will include theoretical sessions and hands-on practical sessions on the FISH technique and its applications. The practical sessions will include the design of oligonucleotides to target bacteria, standard FISH on planktonic and mixed biofilms, as well as variants including the application of liposomes, microfluidics and spectral image analysis.

Registration is free of charge, including the social event, since it is financed by the European Comission's H2020 programme through the DelNAM project. There is a limit of registrations for the practical sessions, registrations will be accepted by order of submission.

We are looking for abstract submissions for oral or poster presentations. You can choose your preference. The deadline for abstract submissions is the 15th February 2020. Please refer to the Abstract Submission section to find out more.

 

Organizing  Committee:

Nuno F. Azevedo, Rita S. Santos, Laura Cerqueira, Andreia Azevedo, Nuno Guimarães, Célia Rodrigues, Carina Almeida

Staff:

Mariana Gomes, Beatriz Magalhães, Luís Moreira, Sara Pereira, Jontana Alkja e Raquel Sousa

Programme

DAY 1: Theoretical Sessions

8h30 – 9h15

Registration + dispatching of posters

9h15 - 9h30

Welcome Session

9h30 – 10h

Chemically-modified nucleic acid mimics (NAMS) for improved RNA targeting

Jesper Wengel (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

10h – 10h15

Abstract 1

10h15 – 10h45

Application of nucleic acid mimics to target microorganisms

Nuno F. Azevedo (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal)

10h45 – 11h

Abstract 2

11h – 11h30

Coffee-break + poster session

11h30 – 12h

µFISH

Govind Kaigala (IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland)

12h – 12h15

Abstract 3

12h15 – 12h45

CLASI-FISH to study microbial community structure across multiple spatial scales

Alex Valm

12h45 – 13h15

smFISH

Zach Hensel (ITQB, Portugal)

13h15 – 14h15

Lunch

14h15 – 14h45

Aptamers to target microorganisms

Jeffrey J. DeStefano (University of Maryland, USA)

14h45 – 15h

Abstract 4

15h – 15h30

To be confirmed

15h30 – 16h

Mobile Microscopy

Hatice Ceylan Koydemir (UCLA, USA)

16h – 16h15

Abstract 5

16h15 – 17h15

Coffee-break + poster session (poster evaluation)

16h15 – 17h45

DelNAM GA meeting (for consortium members only)

18h – 23h

Social Activity + dinner + poster prize

DAY 2: Theoretical and Practical Sessions

9h – 9h30

Taking FISH from lab to market

Laura Cerqueira (BIOMODE, Portugal)

9h30 - 10h

Drug Development – From bench to bedside

Ricardo Cunha (Blueclinical, Portugal)

10h – 10h30

Coffee-break

10h30 – 13h

Design of oligonucleotides to target bacteria

Nuno Guimarães (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal)

13h – 14h

Lunch

14h – 17h

Hands-on session

- overview of the practical work

- prepare and treat samples

14h – 17h

DelNAM Advisory Board Meeting

DAY 3: Practical Sessions

9h – 13h

Hands-on session

- Standard FISH

- FISH on mixed biofilms

- FISH using liposomes

13h – 14h

Lunch

14h – 17h

Hands-on session

- Results analysis: microscopy visualization, spectral image analysis and microfluidics

17h – 17h30

Evaluation of the summer school

Venue

Venue:

Theoretical Sessions: Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. Room 21.P1.EP. Address: Alameda Prof. Hernâni                  Monteiro, 4200-319 Porto.

Practical Sessions: Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Department of Chemical Engineering,                       Room E007. Address: s/n, R. Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto.

Travel and Accomodation

How to get to Porto, Portugal

 

By Plane

The nearest airport is the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, about 17Km away from the city centre (RECOMMENDED).

Alternatively, you can fly to the Lisbon Portela Airport in Lisbon, about 300Km away from Porto, and then take another flight to the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport or a train to São Bento station.

By Metro or Bus

From the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport to Porto’s City Centre

The easiest way is to take the metro at the airport (E line – lilac) and get off at Trindade. Here, you should take another train (D line – yellow) and get off at Aliados. The entire travel will take around 35 minutes. You can buy metro tickets at the airport.

Alternatively, you can take the bus 601 and get off at Cordoaria, though it takes longer (50min). You can check bus timetables here and buy the tickets inside the bus.

How to get to the Venue

 

By Metro or Bus

The easiest way is to take the metro at the Aliados or São Bento (D line – yellow) and get off at Pólo Universitário or IPO. You can buy metro tickets on the station.

Where to Stay

 

Hotel Aliados ***

Situated in Porto's city centre.
ADDRESS: R. Elísio de Melo 27, 4000-196 Porto
CONTACT: +351 22 200 4853
WEBSITE

Hotel ibis Porto São João **

Situated close to the venue.
ADDRESS: Rua Dr Placido Costa, 4200-450, Porto, Portugal
CONTACT: +351 22 551 3100
WEBSITE

Eurostars Oporto ****

Situated close to the venue.
ADDRESS: Rua do Mestre Guilherme Camarinha, nº212, 4200-537 Porto, Portugal
CONTACT: +351 22 507 2090
WEBSITE

Registration

Don't forget, participation is free of charge, including the social event! The Summer School is financed by the European Comission's H2020 programme through the DelNAM project.
You can choose whether you want to attend only the theoretical sessions (1st and 2nd of July) or both the theoretical and practical sessions (1st-3rd of July). There is a limit of registrations for the practical sessions, registrations will be accepted by order of submission.
Please also select whether you wish to take part in the social event on the 1st of July (to be announced soon).


Registrations are closed.

Abstract Submission

To present your work at the Workshop you must be registered in the event.
Abstracts must be written in English. Please refer to the Abstract Rules and the Abstract Template files for Submission Rules. The deadline for abstract submissions is the 15th of February 2020.

Contact Information

Rita S. Santos (Project Manager)

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto

PHONE: +351 969 757 873
E-MAIL: ritasantos@fe.up.pt

Nuno F. Azevedo (Project Leader)

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto

PHONE: +351 969 754 859
E-MAIL: nazevedo@fe.up.pt