J. Mark Cock (Director of Research, Roscoff Marine Station)

J. Mark Cock obtained his PhD from Leeds University in 1985 and worked during his early career on several aspects of terrestrial plant biology including nitrogen metabolism, nodulation and self-incompatibility. In 2002, Mark Cock moved to the Station Biologique de Roscoff (France) where he initiated a project aimed at developing the filamentous brown alga Ectocarpus siliculosus as a genetic model species for the phaeophyceae. This project included the sequencing and analysis of the 214 Mbp Ectocarpus genome, work that was carried out in collaboration with Genoscope and the VIB in Ghent and involved the coordination of a large international consortium. The brown algae are one of only a small number of eukaryotic groups to have evolved complex multicellularity and current work is aimed at understanding how developmental complexity evolved in this group with a particular focus on two key developmental processes, life cycle regulation and sex determination. Genetic and genomic approaches are being applied to identify key regulators of these processes and to dissect regulatory pathways. 


Mark's Algal Genetics Laboratory

Learn the theory and practice of Marine Genomics through specialist tuition and hands-on practical exercises. The course details all aspects of the genomic analysis of marine organisms, and requires no previous specialist knowledge. Participants will take part in seminar-style sessions, with theory interspersed with computational exercises and one-to-one tuition. See the programme for details.


14th - 15th - 16th September 2016


3-day workshop consisting of lectures, and hands-on practical sessions on computers. Participants will use computational equipment provided by the workshop, but may also wish to bring laptops. The course is equivalent to 3 European ECTS credits.


Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal

The Centre of Marine Sciences (Centro de Ciências do Mar, CCMAR) is an independent multidisciplinary, non-profit institute located on the Gambelas campus of the University of the Algarve in Faro with ~250 members and a mission to promote research and education in the marine sciences.

Faro is the capital city of the Algarve region of southern Portugal and borders the Ria Formosa National Park. The Algarve boasts > 300 days of sun per year, stunning beaches and mountain vistas, opportunities for diving, golf, and other sporting activities, and a unique traditional regional cuisine (esp. seafood). A variety of optional social activities will be organised to coincide with the course and special events can be organised upon request for participants and/or accompanying persons (diving, surf, stand-up paddle, windsurf, kayaking, horse-riding, tennis, bird-watching, nature walks, boat guided tours, fishing, etc).


PhD students, post-doctoral and advanced researchers (but no formal restriction).

registration fee

REGISTRATION FEE: Early-bird 200€ (only 5 places available) thereafter 270€

Registration includes cost of Welcoming Buffet and Closing Gala Dinner. Registration does not include travel and lodging. Faro has an international airport located 4 km from the Gambelas Campus of the University of Algarve where the course will take place.  

how to apply

The course is now full.


At least 2 scholarships to cover registration fees will be awarded to PhD students; applicants should send a motivational letter and proof of student status.


Recommended: Hotel Aeromar at the Faro beach has temporarily reserved 8 double rooms that must be reserved by May 31 the latest. After that date they will not save the rooms. These 8 rooms cost 62,5 euros (single occupancy) or 80 euros (double occupancy), including breakfast. Special price for CCMAR-UAlg. Additional accommodation is available at the beach and in Faro city centre. A minibus service will run between the beach, town centre, and campus.

Scientific Organization

Gareth Pearson - Research Associate, CCMAR -

Cymon J. Cox - FCT Coordinating Researcher, CCMAR -

Advanced Technologies and Training programme @ CCMAR 2016

Marine Sciences in the Algarve
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at UAlg Campus
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in the Algarve
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Ria Formosa
The Lagoon
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Algarve coast