Scope: The workshop is aiming to provide a beginner’s level introduction to Next Generation Sequencing technologies and NGS applications in veterinary virology, including data analysis and bioinformatics aspects. No prior knowledge of bioinformatics is required. A mix of theoretical lectures and practical bioinformatics sessions on model datasets will provide participants with proper insights to allow planning of NGS projects and further self-study. This information is supplemented with in-depth case-study presentations by members of the epi-SEQ project (www.episeq.eu), explaining the rationale behind experimental design, technology selection, bioinformatics workflow choices, etc.
Target audience: to allow a sufficient level of interaction between trainers and participants, the workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants. We are specifically aiming the program at scientists just starting to use NGS technologies or planning projects involving NGS.
Selection of participants: We ask candidates to briefly present their background (education, current position, etc.) and ongoing or planned NGS projects. Provide a max. 250 word abstract describing your projects or interest in NGS technology and background to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 March 2016. Applicants will be informed by 15 March 2016 about the result of the selection procedure.
Venue: Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Center, Uccle campus, Rue Groeselenberg 99, B1180 Uccle (Brussels).
Costs: No registration fees will be requested from participants coming from EPIZONE member institutes. External applicants: a 375 € registration fee applies. Travel and subsistence costs are the responsibility of the participant A limited number of travel grants for Young Epizone members may be available .
Local organizer: Steven Van Borm, CODA-CERVA
- Steven Van Borm, CODA-CERVA, Belgium
- Elisabeth Mathijs, CODA-CERVA, Belgium
- Richard Orton, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
- Dirk Höper, FLI, Riems, Germany
- Alice Fusaro, IZSVe, Padova, Italy
- Fredrik Granberg, SLU, Upsala, Sweden
- Graham Freimanis, Pirbright Institute, UK
- Yannick Blanchard, ANSES, Ploufragan, France
- Alex Bossers, CVI, Lelystad, The Netherlands