The 5th annual Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Conference will be held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. We are building on the highly successful meetings held in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The strength of the meeting is reflected in the high profile international speakers who will be contributing to the programme this year. We invite you to join us for what promises, as always, to be an exciting and informative meeting.

Programme Workshops Speakers Poster Session Registration Venue Accommodation Contacts Conference Poster


Sponsors and exhibitors of the 2013 Conference will be listed as they confirm their association with the meeting.


LifeTechLife Technologies
Gold Sponsor

Roche - Conference Satchel Sponsor

Illumina - Exhibitor

MillenniumMillennium Science -

Bio-StrategyBio-Strategy Ltd -

New Zealand Genomics Ltd - Pen Sponsor


CLC logo
Post-conference Workshop sponsor

Post-conference Workshop sponsor


Download the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus

Download the Sponsor Booking Form

Should you or your company wish to sponsor or exhibit at the conference please contact Susan











Networking at the 2012 Conference
in Dunedin

The two-day conference presents current research from scientists and the latest bioinformatics tools using Next Generation Sequencing.  Topics will include new applications, data management and evaluation, sequence assembly and transcriptome analysis. Rapidly changing sequencing technologies will be explored with a review of the latest technical advances.  Research and tools from major Next Generation Sequencing platforms will be presented at this meeting.

There will be time over both days for general discussion, problem solving and interaction with representatives of New Zealand sequencing services.

The final programme for the conference is available here.


In 2013 we will be running two Workshops associated with the Conference.

A half-day workshop for beginners new to the field of Next Generation Sequencing will run on Monday 12 August 1pm to 5pm.

A full-day hands-on post-conference DIY workshop will run on Thursday 15 August 8.30am to 4pm. This will be a commercial-based workshop using licenced software.

Everyone enrolled to attend the post-conference workshop should have received instructions from Lesley on uploading the software to your laptop, in preparation for the workshop. If you have enrolled and have not received these instructions please email Susan asap.

More information on the Workshops can be found here.

Prof Si Lok, one of our international
speakers, presenting in 2012


Thank you to those who submitted abstracts. The programme is being prepared and registrants will be notified by email when it is available via the website.

As speakers submit their profiles they are listed on the Speakers Page.

Abstracts, in due course, will be available on the Abstracts Page.

Student Scholarships

To assist with the costs associated with students attending the Next Generation Sequencing Conference the NGS Programme Committee offered contestable NZ$200 student scholarships. To be considered for one of five scholarships a student must present a paper at the conference.

The students scholarships are now closed. Congratulations to those who were successful with their application. We look forward to hearing from you at the conference.

Poster Session

Viewing posters at the 2012 conference

A poster session is scheduled during the Conference. Poster authors who wish to participate in the poster competition must submit a pdf of their poster to the Programme Committee by Friday 19 July for preliminary judging. Authors of the top 6 posters will be invited to speak for 5 minutes at the conference on the research described in their poster. You will be advised by Friday 26 July whether you have been selected to talk.

All posters, whether the author is speaking or not, will be on display at the conference. During the poster session on Tuesday evening authors will talk to conference registrants about their research.

Poster boards measure 2m high x 1.2m wide. You can make your poster any size, so long as it fits on the board.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best posters as judged by the Programme Committee. The awards will be announced on the second day of the Conference.


2012 conf
Delegates at the 2012 Conference
held at the Dunedin Art Gallery, Dunedin

Online registration has closed.
If you would like to attend the conference please contact Susan.

Registration includes attendance at the two-day Next Generation Sequencing Conference, morning and afternoon teas and lunches on both days, a conference dinner on Tuesday evening, and materials relevant to the meeting.

Registration for the conference will open at 9am on Tuesday with the conference starting at 10am. The conference will finish on Wednesday at 4.30pm.

Registration on or after 6 July is NZ$400 +gst. Currency convertor.

Attendance at the workshops is additional to the conference registration. The half-day Beginners Workshop for those new to the field of Next Generation Sequencing will cost NZ$150 +gst. If you are attending both the Conference and the Beginners Workshop running on Monday 12 August then your workshop registration cost includes dinner at a chosen restaurant on the evening of Monday 12 August.

Attendance at the full-day hands-on post-conference DIY Workshop will cost NZ$200 +gst. If you are attending both the Conference and the post-conference workshop running on Thursday 15 August then your workshop registration cost includes dinner at a chosen restaurant on the evening of Wednesday 14 August.

It is possible to register for a workshop only without attending the conference.

Registrations closed on Friday, 26 July 2013.


The Palmerston North Convention Centre

The 2013 Conference and the Beginners Workshop will be held in the Palmerston North Convention Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand. The Palmerston North Convention Centre was New Zealand's first purpose built convention facility, opening in 1980. It was extensively redeveloped in 2001 and has an enviable reputation for professionalism and service excellence that sets it apart from the competition.

The Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city and offers the very best proximity to a large range of superb hotels and motels and is surrounded by vibrant bars, cafes, restaurants, cultural institutions and retail shops.

There are a limited number of free carparks associated with the Convention Centre and these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to registrants. There is a 'Pay and Display' area close to the Convention Centre should there be a greater demand for free carparks than the number available. Map showing roads around the Convention Centre.

For those flying into Palmerston North you may wish to use a shuttle service to travel from the airport to your hotel or the conference venue. The shuttle can be booked by contacting Supershuttle.


Suggested accommodation within walking distance of the venue is listed here. You are encouraged to use the internet to find your accommodation and to secure the best rates. Please make your own accomodation booking.


For the 2013 Conference scientific programme: Lesley Collins
For organisational queries: Susan Adams

Conference Poster

The conference poster is here. Please share it with your colleagues either by email or by printing it out and displaying it in your department.