University Course

Molecular Analysis of Environmental Samples (MAnES)

The university course “Molecular Analysis of Environmental Samples” (MAnES) offers interested young scientists and established researchers a perfect introduction to different molecular methods for analyzing traces of environmental DNA and trophic interactions. It includes sampling, laboratory work and bioinformatic processing.

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Continuing Education Programme Certificate

2 weeks / 7,5 ECTS-AP

16.-27. September 2024

2.150 EUR


Curriculum (German)

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Qualification profile

The graduates

  • know key applications of molecular methods to analyze environmental samples and trophic interactions,
  • can analyze DNA traces in environmental samples in a clean room laboratory environment,
  • master common bioinformatic techniques.
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Target group

The MAnES course is aimed at

  • students working on projects that require the analysis of animal and plant DNA traces,
  • young and established scientists,
  • Technical staff.
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Admission to the university course requires a

  • degree in the field of biology, life science, etc. or
  • relevant, professional experience of at least three years (e.g. medical-technical assistant)


Bettina Thalinger, PhD

Institut für Zoologie
Technikerstraße 25
6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507-51893

Bettina Thalinger

Bettina Thalinger, PhD

For ten years, Bettina Thalinger has been working on the detection of DNA traces in environmental samples using molecular methods. She is an expert in the optimization of the associated laboratory and bioinformatics methods and their constant technological development. She is currently leading the cross-border Biodiversa+ project eWHALE, in which data on whale populations and marine biodiversity in European seas are obtained non-invasively. In addition, she leads the Innsbruck teams of an Austria-wide project to merge biodiversity data (ATIV-Biodat) and a project on eDNA-based arthropod monitoring (GeMonA+).

Michael Traugott

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Traugott

Michael Traugott heads Research unit of Applied Animal Ecology at the Institute of Zoology, which operates a special laboratory for DNA trace analysis. The molecular processing of trophic and environmental samples to answer ecological questions has been the focus of his research activities for more than 20 years. In addition to projects on food webs, Michael Traugott is primarily active in the research field of DNA-based biodiversity monitoring.

Bettina Thalinger, PhD

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Traugott

Dr. Daniela Sint

Oskar Rubbmark, PhD


In-person course at the University of Innsbruck: 16.-27. September 2024
Online Tutorials indepentent open time-management: 15. August – 15. September 2024


University of Innsbruck, Campus Technik
Laboratories of re Applied Animal Ecology Research Unit (Department of Zoologie); Technikerstraße 25
bioinformatic analyses take place in the ZID computer rooms (Campus Technik)


Please send you application consisting of

  • informal letter of motivation
  • und proof of your highest academic degree
  • until 30th June 2024


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