EPIZONE Workshop on Next Generation Sequencing applications and Bioinformatics

Organised by EPIZONE, CODA-CERVA Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Center

Tue 5 April 2016 until Fri 8 April 2016 09:00

Venue Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Center, Uccle campus, Rue Groeselenberg 99, B1180 Uccle (Brussels), Belgium

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 steven.vanborm@coda-cerva.be 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