Getting started with analyzing 16s microbiome data
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Do you want to learn to analyze 16S microbiome data?

On this half-day workshop, we introduce you to the core concepts of processing amplicon data in microbiome projects. You will receive a theoretical introduction followed by hands-on exercises.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the basics and the practical implementations of 16S-based microbiome projects.
  • Know how to evaluate raw 16S rRNA gene data.
  • Know how to perform QC of the raw data, understanding the pitfalls and considerations.
  • Know how to generate microbiome profiles (annotated abundance profiles), understanding the pitfalls and considerations.
  • Know how to inspect the microbiome profiles, and to prepare the profiles for biostatistical analysis.


The course is structured into sections, comprising a theoretical introduction followed by practical hands-on exercises.

This will provides you with both the theory behind the steps needed for analyzing 16S rRNA gene sequencing data, as well as the experience of having run the code and seen the process on your own computer.

In the final section of the workshop, we will go through the steps of inspecting and evaluating the obtained microbiome profiles, as this is of key importance for sound microbiome data analysis.
You will finish the day with a step-by-step guide on how to move from raw data to microbiome profiles.

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Getting started with 16s microbiome data

This is what you get:

  • Expert teachers
  • Understanding of the basics of 16s based microbiome projects
  • Well structured workshop with hands-on sections
  • Introduction the R packages DADA2 and  phyloseq

When: Thursday 24 February, 2022.

Where: Navitas, Inge Lehmanns gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Fee: 1950 DKK (260 euro). Early bird; 200 euro with registration latest 31. Dec. 2021.

Duration:  08.30-12.00. We setup and assist with software installation, internet access etc. between 8.30-9.00am, and begin the workshop at 9.00 am. Sandwiches will be available for lunch and we hope people will stay for networking after the program.

Step-by-step of the day

  • Introduction to basis and implementation of amplicon 16S rRNA gene microbiome projects.
  • Introduction to the data, learning to evaluate the quality of the raw data.
  • Introduction to DADA2, the software we will be using for data filtering, and microbiome profiling. Then hands-on section goes through the steps from raw data to microbiome profiles with DADA2.
  • Visualize and evaluate the microbiome profiles, with an introduction to the R package phyloseq.
  • Key steps of sample and taxa filtering, preparing the data for statistical analysis.

Who are you?

The workshop targets people who would like to know how to process 16S microbiome sequencing data. 

You may have worked with sequencing data before, or you could be new to the world of processing sequencing data. Perhaps you have processed 16S data before with different software and would like an introduction to a workflow using DADA2.


To register, send an email with your name, affiliation, and contact information to We have seats for 30 people and will close registration when we reach this number.

You will receive an invoice by e-mail following the registration. Please let us know if you have specific requirements for the invoice.


You must bring a laptop with some storage and memory available for smaller datasets and installation of the needed software. Detailed specifications will follow in the weeks before the workshop.

We will be working mainly in R, with some terminal usage. Prior experience with the software is an advantage, but not a requirement.


The half-day workshop will be on-site. However, if the CoVid19 regulations prohibit us to conduct the course on site, we will proceed with an online event.

This will of course reduce the interaction from the hands-on sections, but we will still aim for some hands-on exercises.