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Dear Conservation Genetics Community:

We are pleased to announce that ConGen GLOBAL is offering a new ConGen course: the 2020 Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics (ConGen2020) Course (10 days) that will be held at the in Qingdao, China between June 9-19, 2020.

The venue is located on the outskirts of beautiful city of Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. Qīngdǎo (青岛) – the name means ‘Green Island. The winding cobbled streets, historic German architecture and red-capped hillside villas are captivating and there’s so much to enjoy in the city’s diverse food scene, headlined by the ubiquitous home town beer Tsingtao. It’s known for its beer first brewed over a hundred years ago in 1903, and the renown Qingdao International Beer Festival. The sea keeps the town cooler during summer, and slightly warmer in winter. We chose this location, as it combines the fresh sea air, the mix of European and Chinese architecture, and dashing modern face looking into to the future. It is also close to some of the most scenic natural sites in China.

The course will host 25-30 students dedicated to conservation of animals and plants and about 20-25 distinguished faculty from around the world. The course is directed by its founder, Dr. Stephen J. O’Brien, and taught by renowned scientists in methods, interpretation, and applications of genomic-based analyses for conservation of endangered species, who will also share a variety of their personal research experiences in this important and rapidly developing field. Participants will learn how to handle pipelines and tools for analyzing genomic and genetic data, including computer demos and exercises, and there will be exciting talks by invited speakers in the evenings. But even in 2020 conservation science is not done exclusively at the computer. The ConGen2020 faculty represent an amazing group of people who come from all around the world and will be teaching, sharing their conservation stories, and interacting with students during the course. You will be exposed to the current research by the leading conservation scientists from around the world who will highlight every day in the key evening lecture. A field trip is also part of the program. The cost of participation in ConGen2020 is $2,300, which includes tuition, lodging, meals, and transportation from and to Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) to and from the course venue on the first day and last day of the course.

Please fill out this form to be considered as one of the participants for the course. Application for the ConGen2020 acceptance is a competitive process: the committee will evaluate your application and will mail you an acceptance letter if you are qualified. You do not need to pay the registration fee before receiving the acceptance letter. You will have at least until April 15th to pay your registration deposit, or forfeit your placement to the next person on the waiting list.

Time: June 9-19, 2020

Address: Qingdao, China