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NGS Post-Conference Workshops
Registration is required. Limited capacity.

Registration fees:
• ISCB Member/CRG - € 20
• Nonmember - € 50


Accessing structural variation and population genomics data in Ensembl

Organizers:
Dr. Benjamin Moore, Ensembl Outreach Officer, EMBL-EBI
Laurent Gil, Ensembl Variation Developer, EMBL-EBI


Description:
The Ensembl genome browser (www.ensembl.org) provides visualisation and analysis of integrated genomic data, including genes, variants, comparative genomics and gene regulation, for over 70 species [1].

In this workshop, participants will learn about the structural variation and population genomics data in Ensembl and how to access these data using the Ensembl genome browser. A series of short demonstrations and exercises will allow participants to retrieve this data from Ensembl and think about how this data might be informative for their own research.

Participants will also learn how to upload their own data to view in the Ensembl genome browser alongside the publically available data, and how to analyse the consequences of sets of variants using the Variant Effect Predictor (VEP).

[1] Aken BL et al. Ensembl 2017. Nucleic Acids Res 45(D1):D635–D642.

Learning objectives:
• Gain confidence to explore structural variation and population genomics data in Ensembl, and to export these data.
• Explore transcript haplotype and linkage disequilibrium data in Ensembl.
• Use the Variant Effect Predictor (VEP) to analyse the consequences of variants.
• Learn how to upload custom sequencing and variation data to the Ensembl browser.

Audience Level:
This is an introductory workshop and is aimed at new and intermediate Ensembl users from the wet-lab, bioinformatics and medical communities.

Dr. Benjamin Moore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Laurent Gil (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Large-scale reproducible NGS analyses with Nextflow

Organizers:
•  Paolo di Tommaso, Research Software Engineer, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
•  Emilio Palumbo, BioinformaticsTechnician, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
•  Anna Vlasova, Bioinformatics Technician, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

Description:
Exponential growth of biological datasets in the last decade together with increasing complexity and variability of the methods became an important issue for standard and reproducible data analysis. The increasing heterogeneity of computational environments such as local workstations, big computational clusters or cloud services raised the need for easily portable computational workflows. This workshop will introduce Nextflow - a pipeline management tool to tackle these problems and its application to NGS technologies. In the frame of the workshop we will show how to make NGS pipelines flexible, reproducible and portable across different execution environments.

Objectives:
Reproducibility along with computational capabilities have become two of biology’s most pressing issues, because of the exponential growth of biological datasets and the reliance on increasingly complex methods and data analysis workflows.

This workshop will introduce the state-of-the-art technologies and best practices proposed to tackle the problem of irreproducible NGS data analyses and how to make large omics workflows portable across HPC clusters and cloud environments. The most common NGS use cases and applications will be discussed.

Audience Level:
The session is aimed at people interested in computational processing and analysis of big datasets in efficient and reproducible manner. In particular this session can be of interest for computational biologists and bioinformaticians. Participants ideally must have working experience with the command line and linux. Basic knowledge of computational workflows could be a plus.


Finding and Accessing Human Genome Data
Organizers: Manuel Corpas, Scientific Lead, Repositive

Description:
Repositive is a Cambridge-based (UK) startup building a platform for facilitating access to and reuse of genomic data. The platform includes features for discovery of available data, making your data visible to the research community, managing your data sources and initiating data collaborations. The platform also integrates methods for secure data sharing and a patented mechanism for secure privacy-preserving data access.

Repositive is a spin-out of the charity DNAdigest which was started by Fiona Nielsen in 2013 to educate, facilitate, and engage on issues regarding access to genomic data for research. DNAdigest is a non-profit organisation founded in Cambridge, UK. It is a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds who all want to see data used to its full potential for the benefit of patients. DNAdigest organises events, issues a newsletter, conducts interviews and runs a blog.

Both organisations are part of Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

Objectives:
1) Discuss current challenges in data sharing, focusing especially on researchers studying human genomic datasets.
2) Present a number of tools and resources for finding, accessing and sharing genomic data:
- Repositive
- EGA (European Genome Phenome Archive)
- dbGaP
- GigaScience
- Nature Scientific Data
- figshare
3) Discuss the best practices for using data to power hypothesis testing and maximising research impact.

Audience Level:
• Genomic data providers
• Users of massive genomic datasets
• Bioinformaticians
• Data scientists
• Publishers
• Data curators

Manuel Corpas
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COMMITTEES

 

Conference Chairs 

Janet Kelso, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (co-chair), Germany
Cédric Notredame, Centre for Genomic Regulation (co-chair), Spain
Stephan Ossowski, Centre for Genomic Regulation (co-chair), Spain

Steering Committee

Janet Kelso, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Antropology (co-chair), Germany
Cédric Notredame, Centre for Genomic Regulation (co-chair), Spain
Stephan Ossowski, Centre for Genomic Regulation (co-chair), Spain
Laura Prat, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Roderic Guigo Serra, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Alfonso Valencia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
Diane Kovats, International Society for Computational Biology, US

Programme Committee

Can Alkan, Lab for Bioinformatics & Computational Genomics, Bilkent University, Turkey
Alessandro Bagnato, Milano University, Italy
Philipp Bucher, EPFL, Switzerland
Mario Cáceres, Comparative and Functional Genomics group, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Lars Feuk, Uppsala University, Sweden
Elisabetta Giuffra, INRA Science and Impact, Paris, France
Jakob Hull Havgaard, Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Ines Hellmann, Anthropology and Human Genetics, LMU Munich, Germany
Inge Jonassen, Bergin University, Norway
Birte Kehr, Berlin Institute of Health, Germany
Martin Kircher, Berlin Institute of Health, Germany
Frank Panitz, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Graziano Pesole, Università degli studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy
Simon Rasmussen, Centre for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS), Denmark
Erik Rivals, The National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, France
Hugues Roest Crollius, Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

 

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Late-breaking Research Submission now being accepted.  Deadline 29 January 2017


NGS 2017 invites abstract submissions for consideration for oral presentations or poster. Abstracts may be either original unpublished work or original work that was published or accepted for publication at a high-impact journal. Published and un-published original works will be selected on the basis of the extended abstracts and proposed for either an oral or a poster presentation.

Authors with un-published original work selected for presentation at the conference will be invited to submit a full-length paper or extended abstract with full data for peer-review to published* in the ISCB Community Journal, ISCB NGS-BARCELONA channel. All posters will also be invited to submit in poster format to the ISCB NGS-BARCELONA channel.

The program will address a wide range of topics such as genome assembly, variant characterization and analysis, gene expression, population history, and disease. Sizeable space is dedicated to submission-based presentations from the below topics.

Topics include:

  • Copy number variation in population genomics and translational applications
  • Software and algorithms for high-throughput sequencing technologies
  • NGS data management and visualisation
  • Applications of NGS in:
    • Population genomics
    • Metagenomics
    • Single cell analysis
    • Clinical and translational biology

**Abstract text limited to 300 words

Plan to submit your research to this engaging conference!


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A LATE-BREAKING ABSTRACT IS JANUARY 31, 2017!

For submission support, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Abstracts received before the due date will be considered for oral presentations and/or poster presentations. If your abstract is accepted, it will be included in an abstract booklet that will be distributed to all conference participants. Accepted original research abstracts will also be invited to publish in the ISCB Community Journal at the author's’ expense.

* Authors are responsible for publishing fees. ISCB members receive a 20% discount.


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ABOUT NGS 2017


JOIN US April 3 - 5, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain!

  • New to the NGS 2017 Program!  Workshops on April 5th (click here)
  • Take advantage of early bird registration (click here)!


Hosted by the
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Next-generation sequencing conference covers a broad range of topics in genome sequencing and analysis. Our particular focus areas in 2017 are structural variation and population genomics.

New sequencing technologies have opened up the possibility to sequence genomes at a previously unprecedented scale. The sequencing of whole genomes from large number of individuals representing multiple populations allows the extent of genetic diversity, of both at the single nucleotide level, and of larger structural variants, to be catalogued. Using such data the genetic basis of evolutionary and disease processes can be explored. The meeting will draw together researchers from diverse backgrounds who develop and apply novel tools to sequencing data. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, genome assembly, variant characterization and analysis, gene expression, population history, disease, and more!

The conference program will be a combination of keynote talks from renown scientists with research focusing on structural variation and population genomics, a selection of thought-provoking submitted abstract talks, technology and applications talks, as well as posters.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

JAUME BERTRANPETIT, PhD DEANNA CHURCH, PhD JAN KORBEL, PhD NICOLE SORANZO, PhD
JAUME BERTRANPETIT, PhD
Pompeu Fabra University
Barcelona, Spain
DEANNA CHURCH, PhD
10x Genomics
California, USA
JAN KORBEL, PhD
European Molecular
Biology Laboratory
(EMBL)
Heidelberg, Germany
NICOLE SORANZO, PhD
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

REGISTER


 

- Click here to access registration record, paid invoices.

- CRG Members - Click here to access paid invoices.


EARLY REGISTRATION: Through 17 March 2017
MEMBERS:
ISCB Member/CRG €225.00
ISCB Students Members and CRG Students (with i.d.) €125.00
ISCB Post-Doc Members and CRG Post-Doc €195.00
Post Conference Workshop €20.00
NON- MEMBERS:
Non- Member €395.00
Students - nonmember €275.00
Post-Doc - nonmember €345.00
Non-member Post Conference Workshop €50.00
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REGULAR REGISTRATION: 18 - 26 March 2017
MEMBERS:
ISCB Member/CRG €275.00
ISCB Students Members and CRG Students (with i.d.) €175.00
ISCB Post-Doc Members and CRG Post-Doc €245.00
NON- MEMBERS:
Non- Member €445.00
Students - nonmember €325.00
Post-Doc - nonmember €395.00
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ONSITE REGISTRATION
MEMBERS:
ISCB Member/CRG €375.00
ISCB Students Members and CRG Students (with i.d.) €275.00
ISCB Post-Doc Members and CRG Post-Doc €345.00
NON- MEMBERS:
Non- Member €545.00
Students - nonmember €425.00
Post-Doc - nonmember €495.00
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ISCB MEMBERSHIP
(ISCB Membership Fee Chart available here)

ISCB MEMBERS: If you are a current member of ISCB, you must use the email address associated with your ISCB membership in order to register at the discounted member rates through the online system. If you do not know the email address you used to register with ISCB, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before proceeding with conference registration.

NONMEMBERS OF ISCB: Nonmembers will be able to join ISCB through the online conference registration system and immediately receive member rates for NGS 2017. You can either join when you register for the conference or you can join the ISCB here and then immediately register for the conference at the member rates.

ISCB MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: If your ISCB membership is not current or will expire on or before April 3, 2017 you will be offered an opportunity to renew your membership as part of your registration fees through the online system.
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REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
To register via fax or mail, please complete the online registration form and choose the non-credit card payment option. You can then print out a paper invoice and fax it to +1-619-374-2890 or send it to the address below. To pay by credit card please include the invoice along with this credit card authorization form (click here for PDF form) and either fax it or mail it to the address below. (ISCB accepts American Express, Mastercard, and Visa only.)

To pay by check make your payment payable (EUR€) to the International Society for Computational Biology and mail it with a copy of your invoice to:

NGS 2017 Registration
c/o Belinda Hanson - ISCB
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 02814
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PAYMENT OPTIONS
All conference fees for the NGS 2017 Conference are charged in Euros.

Credit cards

The following credit cards are accepted for registration: American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. For offline payment please use this form (.pdf).

Wire Funds

If requesting to pay via wire (an additional €25) please email:
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VISA INVITATION LETTERS
Invitation letters required for visa applications will be sent with your confirmation after registration and full payment have been received. You must be registered and paid-in-full for the conference in order to receive an invitation letter.
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CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation Policy: Request for registration cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to ISCB Registration Office, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or faxed to +1-619-374-2890. All refunds will be processed following the conference. Refunds will be made in accordance with the following schedule:

Cancellations received by March 15, 2017 will receive a 50% refund.
No refund of fees will be made on or after March 15, 2017.
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KEY DATES


Oral Abstract Submission Deadline                                21 January 2017

Poster Submission Deadline                                           21 January 2017

Late-breaking Oral Abstract Submission Deadline         29 January 2017

Late-breaking Poster Submission Deadline                    29 January 2017

Workshop/Tutorial Proposals Deadline                           27 January 2017

Accepted Oral Abstract Notifications                              1 March 2017

Early registration deadline                                             17 March 2017

Online registration deadline                                           26 March 2017

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