ML4Microbiome Training School 2023

ML4Microbiome is glad to announce the Training School 2023 edition on Machine Learning approaches & methods for the analysis of microbiome data.

Preliminary program

The Training School (TS) will take place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March in Utrecht (The Netherlands) at the University campus of Utrecht University, the Uithof:

Utrecht University – Androclus building
Yalelaan 1, 3984 CL, Utrecht
C.139 (first floor)

The lecture hall is easy reachable by Tram Line 22, to the “Uithof”  and there are also busses.

Travel from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht can be done by train. Take the “intercity” from Schiphol to Utrecht. Should take about 35 minutes. Alternatively, if you fly to Eindhoven, take the bus N400 or N401 from Eindhoven Airport to Eindhoven Centraal (the train station) and then the “intercity” from Eindhoven to Utrecht.  This can take 1.5 hrs.

Accommodation can e.g. be found on Please see an example below: search link

It is recommended to book walking distance from the train station, Hampton by Hilton is on the train station itself, but there are many others.

Lectures and Practicals will only be available in person.

The training material for the hands-on part will be made available to registered people before the school starts.

Access to the material and practicals will only require a web browser. The interface is based on Jupyterhub/Jupyterlab and is tested with Chrome and Firefox. Edge and Safari may work but are untested. All analysis is done remotely in the cloud so no need to install the software.

Knowledge of R is required as all exercises are in R. We recommend taking a basic R course as preparation for this course.

To have an idea about the content of the course, please find here the material from the 2021 online version:

ML4Microbiome Virtual Training School 2021


Sign up is closed! All participants selected should have received an invitation

Signing up for the Training School can be done here: . Registration is free and open to ML4Microbiome members and non-ML4Microbiome members, however, we do have a tier system in place. MC member-related candidates and PhD-stage researchers that have not participated before have a preference, and a first-come, first-serve system is in place. WG4 management will decide on individual cases. 

Registration is now open and will remain open until the 3rd of February. The week following the 3rd of February, COST will send out the invites for the training school. Only after receiving and accepting the official COST invite you can proceed with booking any travel and accommodation. Do not book earlier.

The expenses related to your participation in this event will be reimbursed in line with the COST Rules of Reimbursement available here: . You will be able to submit your reimbursement claim only after the event. Following national and/or institutional regulations, you may be requested to provide original supporting documents.


Aldert Zomer Utrecht University, Netherlands
Eliana Ibrahimi University of Tirana, Albania
Alise Ponsero University of Helsinki, Finland
Matti Ruuskanen University of Turku, Finland
Aleksandra Gruca Silesian University of Technology, Poland
Domenica D’Elia, National Research Council, Institute for Biomedical Technologies, Italy
Marcus Claesson, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland

Aldert Zomer: a.l.zomer et