Workshop - About
Date: 25 November - 05 December 2012
In this workshop, two innovative and complementary schemes will address the issue of introducing advanced plant genomics to Eastern European countries. We believe these initiatives could have the potential to achieve a step-change in plant genomics in Eastern European countries. The initiative will fund the generation of up to 5 Next Generation Sequencing datasets, specifically resulting from invited proposals from Eastern European countries. This will be followed up by a dedicated sequence analysis workshop, which will be open to participants across Europe, but at which the Next Generation Sequencing data obtained will be analysed. Collaborative projects are welcome, but the projects must be led by a group from an Eastern European country. Applicants will need to ensure that their one page proposal identifies an individual with suitable bioinformatics experience to qualify them for the subsequent NGS workshop.
The NGS initiative and workshop will fund up to 5 Next Generation Sequencing projects from Eastern European countries using an agreed commercial partner, with an upper limit of 6000 euros per project. The projects can focus on any aspect of plant genomics and the data will subsequently be analysed during a NGS data analysis workshop.
Projects will be selected on the basis of a one-page project proposal to be submitted by the 15th of July. The criteria for selection will be the strength of the scientific question, the feasibility of applying an NGS approach and the transformational potential of the project for the proposing research group. Collaborative projects are welcome, but the projects must be led by a group from an Eastern European country. Applicants will need to ensure that their proposal identifies an individual with suitable bioinformatics experience to qualify them for the subsequent NGS workshop.
The bioinformatics workshop itself, to be held at Ghent University, Belgium, from November 25th until December 5th 2012, will be based on the analysis of the NGS data obtained from the NGS datasets generated through the NGS initiative (see higher). Applicants will be welcome from all European countries, but it is expected that at least one member of each of the successful groups (whose project will be funded) will attend. All participants will collaboratively analyse the data resulting from the initiative.
Submitted projects should contain a substantial portion of NGS analysis. No limits are posed on the type of organism to be sequenced. All types of NGS data analysis (e.g. transcriptomics, ChiP-Seq, ...) are also eligible.
A list of Eastern European countries that are definitely eligible: Bulgaria, Russia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Croatie, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. If your country is not on this list, please contact us and we'll decide on the issue.
Course objectives & Prerequisites
Topics to be covered will depend on the needs of the inidividual projects, but will include assembly, transcriptome reconstruction, read mapping, structural and functional annotation, SNP discovery and associated analyses.
It is anticipated that applicants will already have some familiarity within the area of bioinformatics, for example experience in scripting and working in a UNIX environment.
PhDs and postdocs interested in Next Generation Sequence (NGS) data analysis. Space is limited to 25 participants.