In 2012 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 20 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 20 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.  This beginners workshop will cover:

  • Concepts underlying Next Generation Sequencing
  • How the four most widely available Next Generation Sequencing technologies work and why it is important to know this (Roche 454, SOLiD, Ion Torrent and Illumina)
  • Planning and budgeting projects for Next Generation Sequencing
  • How to evaluate data quality from a Next Generation Sequencing experiment
  • A brief introduction to UNIX and simple 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, Ion Torrent and SOLiD sequencing technologies in New Zealand.


Half-day Advanced Workshop

Update on software and procedures for NGS

A half-day workshop focussing on advanced techniques in Next Generation Sequencing will run on Thursday 23 August 8.30am to 12.30pm. The registration cost is NZ$155 + 15% GST. If you are attending both the Conference and the Advanced Techniques Workshop then dinner on the evening of Wednesday 22 August is included in your registration fee.

Workshop summary:
This workshop is for those who already have the basics of NGS analysis or run analysis regularly. During this workshop we will look at which software is currently considered 'best practice' for genomics and transcriptomics and options for the newer platforms currently being rolled out at benchtop and lab level. Common analysis issues will be demonstrated and there will also be plenty of time for discussion or problem-solving.

The workshop will be led by Dr Lesley Collins of Collins Bioinformatic Consulting. Lesley has extensive experience in the bioinformatics associated with all platforms of Next Generation Sequencing used in New Zealand.