Next Generation Sequencing Transcriptome Assembly Workshop

01 November, 10 09:00 AM - 02 November, 10 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=1104

A major output from the current generation of high throughput sequencers is transcriptomes. The transcriptome (all the RNAs produced by a cell or organism) represents the biological distillation of the genome, and is often a very useful way in which to investigate biology. Correct assembly of a transcriptome from the short sequence reads is an essential first step in further analysis, but there is still no consensus of best practice or optimality goals.

The Next generation Transcriptome Assembly Workshop is aimed at practising bioinformaticians and biologists who want o explore the options for assembling de novo the transcriptomes of new species using only next generation, short and long read data. We will examine the properties of the sequence data being produced, and review the available algorithms and packages that can be used for assembly. We will aim to produce a series of best-practice recommendations for the future application of these technologies to gene discovery and assembly.

There are a limited number of PCs available for the workshop, please indicate on your application form if you intend to bring your own laptop to participate in the workshop.

Target Audience

The workshop will bring together researchers in a wide range of institutions to focus on an as-yet unresolved problem in next generation genomics. The workshop will permit sharing of skills and insights as well as dissemination of best practice across the field.

The workshop will also act to strengthen further the community of next generation sequencing bioinformatics researchers in the UK.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:00 Monday 01 November 2010 and close at 13:00 on Tuesday 02 November 2010.

A programme is available at: http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/1104/Workshop_program.pdf

This workshop is held in conjunction with the NextGenBUG bioinformatics seminar on Tuesday 02 November 13.00 - 17.00. You should register for this meeting separately at http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/1105/


Assistance with accommodation is offered once you have registered.


Registration for this event is now closed. To enquire about an application or to cancel a previous application please contact NeSC Administration.

Important Dates

02 Jul - Registration Opens
20 Oct - Registration Deadline
25 Oct - 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.)
01 Nov - Event Starts at 09:00hrs


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