Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 24 - 27 Oct 2017
Deadlines Registration closed Abstract submission closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.

Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.


GeneWeaver 2.0: A platform for cross-species integration of heterogeneous functional genomics data
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Room: ATC Helix B11
Presented by Elissa Chesler

The GeneWeaver software system is designed to find convergent evidence for the shared role of genes and variants in disease, complex traits and model organism phenotypes. Using scalable algorithms and advanced data integration strategies, the system enables users to compare and contrast functional genomics, variant lists, gene expression data, quantitative trait candidates, curated gene annotations and other data sources.  These analyses are based on user defined queries and parameters. Users can evaluate their own experimental data in light of a wealth of other data sets, thus placing new results in the context of cross species functional genomics, and share new data publicly among groups of investigators. A suite of statistical tools and graph algorithms provide analytic tools and the entire system is API based, enabling reproducible queries and analyses and integration into other bioinformatics workflows. This demo will provide an introduction to the enhanced GeneWeaver system, its contents and basic operations.

New NIH initiative the "Alliance of Genome Resources”
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Room: ATC B18 VC

The Alliance of Genome Resources (AGR) is a consortium of 6 community model organism databases (MODs) and the GO Consortium. Our goal is to provide an integrated view of data and information from diverse model organism data to facilitate a comparative biology approach to biomedical research. The AGR was formed to capitalize on and share the strengths developed at each of the member groups with the goal of streamlining and standardizing the work of expert curation and to provide a web-based resource where data from all Alliance groups is integrated and searchable from a single on-line portal. In this workshop, we will provide a hands-on tutorial of the first release of the AGR web portal and present the vision and plans for the AGR going forward.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Room: Room V207 (Genome Biology)

The course programme will cover the algorithmic theory and principles of bioinformatics, with a strong focus on practical computational sessions using sequence analysis techniques and tools applicable to any species or genome size. Accompanying the lecture and practical sessions will be a series of seminars by invited speakers, who will highlight their ground-breaking work in applications of next generation sequencing.

The practical sessions will be taught exclusively through Unix/Linux. Therefore, participants are required to have some previous exposure of using the Linux operating system. This will be essential for participants to fully benefit from the course. The course aims to provide a hands-on introduction to bioinformatics for next generation sequencing, and should not be considered a complete education in the theoretical and mathematical foundations of the topics. This course is aimed at applicants solely interested in analysis of NGS data.

Only trainees registered for the conference can attend the workshops and symposium. Participation is on a first come first served basis and one can only choose one workshop. Please email Diah Yulianti to register.