5-6th October, 2023

Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona, Spain)

The Catalan Initiative for the Earth Biogenome Project (CBP), affiliated to the EBP and associated with the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA), aims to produce a detailed catalog of the genome of the eukaryotic species of territories of Catalan language and culture. At the 1st CBP Congress, the foundations of the genome generation workflow (from sampling to sequencing, assembly, annotation, publication and analysis) will be defined and the structure will be discussed and CBP governance.


The congress will mainly consist of debate sessions on the challenges of the project and their possible solutions.


We will have the guest lecture by Hugues Roest Crollius, from the Institute of Biology of the ENS (IBENS) and director of ATLASea.


CNAG participates in the 1st CBP Congress though the Coordination Committee and also, our Genome Assembly and Annotation Team team leader, Tyler Alioto, will be one of the speakers in the session 5 of the congress. 






5th October 2023

09:00 Registration

10:00 Welcome, by Montserrat Corominas (UB, IEC)

10:15 Session 1: National and international biogenome projects, with the collaboration of Tomàs Marquès-Bonet (IBE-CSIC-UPF) as the moderator:

- Rosa Fernández (IBE-CSIC-UPF)

- Montserrat Corominas (UB, IEC)

- Roderic Guigó (CRG, IEC)


11:15 Session 2: Sampling collection, with the collaboration of Jordina Belmonte (UAB, ICHN) as the moderator.

13:15 Lunch

14:30 Session 3: Biobanks, with the collaboration of Tomàs Marquès-Bonet (IBE-CSIC-UPF) as the moderator:

- Miquel A. Arnedo (IRBiO-UB)

- Laura Botigué (CRAG)


16:00 Session 4: DNA extraction. Challenges and strategies for obtaining high quality DNA, with the collaboration of Miquel Arnedo (IRBiO-UB):

- Javier del Campo (IBE, CSIC-UPF); microorganisms

- Alba Enguidanos and Carles Galià (IRBiO-UB); animals I

- Dafne Porcel i Maria Dzunkova (I2SysBio-UV); animals II

- Amparo Monfort (CRAG-IRTA); plants


17:30 Coffee break

18:00 Invited lecture, with the participation of Dr Hugues Roest Crollius (IBENS-CNRS)

20:30 Dinner


6th October 2023

9:00 Session 5: Assembly, annotation and data portal, with the collaboration of Laura Botigué (CRAG):

- Tyler Alioto (CNAG)

- Lucia Campos (CRAG)

- Emilio Righi (CRG)


10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Session 6: Challenges of the CBP: objectives, structure and governance, with the collaboration of Mònica Bayés (CNAG):

- Presentations of proposals by the CBP Coordination Committee (Montserrat Corominas, UB, IEC/ Tomàs Marquès, IBE-CSIC-UPF)

Discussion and conclusions

14:30 Lunch and closure