General info

Date: July 29th to August 2nd 2019

Place: Copenhagen Denmark

Organized by: The Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen (Fernando Racimo, Anders Albrechtsen and Ida Moltke)

Price: Free for all PhD students at Danish universities. 200 USD for all other students.

Includes: All teaching. Food and accommodation are NOT included in the course fee.

Contact and sign up: The course is full so sign up is no longer possible! For questions write


The course is a comprehensive introduction to a number of topics and common research tools used in analyses of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. Topics include: genetic drift, natural selection, population structure, association mapping, GWAS, spatial genetics, f-statistics and demographic inference. The main focus will be on humans, but the methods we will cover are applicable to many other species as well. Lectures will be combined with hands-on computer exercises, mostly using R and command-line based programs.

Intended Learning Outcome

After the course the student should be able to:


Time and place

The course will take place from Juli 29th to August 2nd 2019 at Biocenteret, Ole Maaloes Vej 5, 2200 Copenhagen N. All lectures and computer exercises will take place in room 4.0.24 (i.e. building 4, ground floor, room number 24). All research talks will take place in room 1.2.03 (i.e. building 1, second floor, room number 3). NB. The main entrance to the Biocenter is likely locked during the first three days of the course (until the end of July). Instead you should be able to enter using the back entrance shown on this map. Notice that to get to the back entrance you need reach the building from a different street (Jagtvej).


You should bring a laptop to the course. We will log into a remote server from the laptop so any laptop will do regardless of operating system. However, please, if at all possible, make sure your computer can be connected to wired internet.

Course material

The lecture will be based on a large amount of reading material (articles/notes) that should be read in advance - you can find them here once they are finalized (you will get an email with password). The slides used during the lectures will be made available right before the lectures.


Monday - Introduction to population genetics and NGS data

Tuesday - Analysis of NGS data and population structure

Wednesday - Inference of demographic history

Thursday – Demography and selection

Friday - Disease mapping and selection


Participants who have participated actively in all parts of the course and completed all exercises satisfactorily will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The work load corresponds to 5 ECTS points. Note that this workload includes one week of preparation. Reading material for this is available in the above course program.