Next Generation Sequence Assembly

30 November, 09 09:30 AM - 02 December, 09 01:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: Mark Blaxter
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Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at: www.nesc.ac.uk/action/esi/contribution.cfm?Title=1020

This is an intensive, hands-on workshop focussing on genome assembly using next generation sequencing data. The ’next generation’ of sequencing instruments (Illumina, Roche 454, SOLiD) produce data in vast amounts, but with different lengths and error patterns. These data can be used for assembly of genomes, but which are the best software tools to use, and what are the best parameters sets to use?

This is a rapidly changing field, and the existing software solutions and algorithms usually work perfectly on perfect data, but real biological data are noisy and error-prone, and all solutions fail to different degrees when challenged... Over two and a half days, we will use real datasets from bacterial and eukaryote genome sequencing projects to explore, in an intensive, hands-on workshop format, the optimal routes to assembly. On the second day there will be an open meeting of the NextGeneration Bioinformatics User Group, with invited and local speakers discussing issues and solutions in next gen bioinformatics.

Target Audience

Bioinformaticians with a need to get to grips with next-generation sequence data, and especially those who are undertaking assembly projects. We already have a strong user group (the NextGenBUG) in Scotland (20-40 people meeting bimonthly) but there is a community across the UK having to deal with these new datasets, and thus struggling with the problem. The problems are international, and there may be interest from outside UK.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:30 Monday 30 November 2009 and close at 13:00 on Wednesday 02 December 2009.

A programme is available at: http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/1020/programme.pdf


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Important Dates

29 Sep - Registration Opens
10 Oct - Registration Deadline
23 Nov - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
30 Nov - Event Starts at 09:30hrs


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