In 2011 we will be running two Workshops associated with the Conference.

Half-day Workshop for Beginners: Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing

A half-day workshop for beginners to the field of Next Generation Sequencing will run on Monday 22 August 1pm to 5pm. The registration cost of NZ$155 + 15% GST for the Workshop. If you are attending both the Conference and the Beginners Workshop then the registration cost includes dinner at a chosen restaurant on the evening of Monday 22 August.

Workshop summary:
Would you like to use Next Generation Sequencing in your research but not sure how to get started?  Then this half-day workshop is for you.  The workshop will cover:

  • The concepts underlying Next Generation Sequencing
  • Explain how the three most widely available Next Generation Sequencing technologies work and why it is important to know this (Roche 454, SOLiD and Illumina)
  • How to plan and budget projects using Next Generation Sequencing
  • How to evaluate data quality from a Next Generation Sequencing experiment
  • A brief introduction to UNIX and bioinformatics software to get you started on the road towards analysing your own data.

The workshop will be led by Dr Jo-Ann Stanton, University of Otago, who has extensive experience establishing the Roche 454 and SOLiD sequencing technologies in New Zealand.


Half-day Workshop on Advanced Techiques: NGS Bioinformatics for the more advanced user – applications and data analysis

A half-day workshop focussing on advanced techniques in Next Generation Sequencing will run on Thursday 25 August 8.30am to 12.30pm. The registration cost of NZ$155 + 15% GST. If you are attending both the Conference and the Advanced Techniques Workshop then dinner on the evening of Wednesday 24 August is included in your registration fee.

Workshop summary:
Following on from the introductory workshop, this half day workshop expands on those concepts around bioinformatics software previously introduced with a focus more on specific applications users are likely to encounter in their research. The majority of the discussion will once again be on the three major sequencing platforms – Illumina, Roche 454 and ABI SOLiD.  There will a discussion of the sequence biases each machine has (e.g., including error rates, homopolymers, and colourspace), and then a more detailed discussion around software for specific tasks, for example quality control, mapping, SNP discovery, methylation, RNA-Seq, CHiP-Seq and de novo assembly.  In addition, concepts around associated computer hardware (at both the desktop and server level) such as operating systems, scripting languages and databases will be introduced.

The workshop will be led by Drs Patrick Biggs and Lesley Collins of Massey University. They have extensive experience in the bioinformatics associated with all three platforms of Next Generation Sequencing used in New Zealand.