University of Kent 12/9/22 Workshop

The workshop is free and hybrid, and will include presentations as well as practical sessions on new models for data resulting from DNA-based surveys for single (qPCR) and multiple species (metabarcoding).

Email Eleni Matechou ( if you would like to attend. Places are limited so we ask that you only register if you can attend and notify us if your circumstances change. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and we will email you to confirm if you have secured a place.

Information about the qPCR models can be found here and about the metabarcoding models here.

It is really important that you download both packages before the day of the workshop as they rely on a number of other packages that can take a substantial amount to download. There can also be technical issues that delay the process so please download the packages in good time before the workshop and email with any problems.

To download the packages that will be used in the workshop, please follow the next two links.

The steps to be followed can differ based on your personal device either MAC or Windows.

Information on venue

  • University of Kent, 19/9/2022, Grimond Lecture Theatre 2.
  • We will provide coffee and lunch.
  • If you require accommodation please see

Book a holiday or short break in Kent / University of Kent Promotion Code: LOYALTYBB

  • If you are driving to campus then you can find information on parking here. Parking is free for attendees and permits will be emailed nearer the time.

Draft timetable for the day

9-9.30 arrival/coffee
9.30-10 DNA-based surveys for ecological monitoring – Richard
10-10.30 Bioinformatics process – Doug
10.30-11 coffee break
11-12.15 Bayesian inference, observation error, basic occupancy models – Eleni
12.15-1.30 lunch
1.30-3 qPCR model intro and practical/discussion with participants about their data – Eleni
3-3.30 coffee break
3.30-5 metabarcoding model intro and practical/discussion with participants about their data – Alex

Please check this page for regular updates.