The 6th annual Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Conference will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand. A strength of the meeting is the high profile international speakers who contribute to our meetings and this year will be no exception. We invite you to join us for what is always an exciting and informative meeting.


Programme Workshops Speakers   Registration Venue Accommodation Contacts Poster


Sponsors and Exhibitors of the 2014 Conference


Life Technologies - Gold Sponsor




Bio-Strategy - Conference Dinner Sponsor




NZGL - Networking Session Sponsor


Roche - Name Badge Sponsor




In Vitro Technologies -




Millennium Science -














Networking at the 2012 Conference
in Dunedin

Read the Programme, correct as at 8 August.

Speakers and their biographies are listed, with more being added as they are received.

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.



In 2014 we will be running two Workshops associated with the Conference.

Pre-conference Workshop: The pre-conference workshop will run from 1pm to 5pm on Monday 11 August and will be of interest to those new to the field of Next Generation Sequencing.

Post-conference Workshop: The post-conference Workshop will run on Thursday 14 August from 8.30 to 12.30pm, and will be relevant to those who have more experience in the area of Next Generation Sequencing.


Sponsors 2013
Talking with representatives of our
Gold Sponsor, Life Technologies,
at the 2013 NGS Conference

Online registration for the NGS Conference has now closed. If you would like to attend 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.

Onsite registration for the conference will open at 9am on Tuesday 12 August with the conference starting at 10am. The conference will finish on Wednesday 13 August at 4.30pm.

The earlybird registration rate of NZ$325 +GST will apply until Friday 4 July 2014. Thereafter registration will be NZ$425 +GST. Currency convertor.

Attendance at the workshops is additional to the conference registration. Each workshop costs NZ$160 +GST. If you are attending both the Conference and the Beginners Workshop running on Monday 11 August then your workshop registration cost includes dinner at a chosen restaurant on the evening of Monday 11 August. If you are attending both the Conference and the post-conference workshop running on Thursday 14 August then your workshop registration cost includes dinner at a chosen restaurant on the evening of Wednesday 13 August.

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

Registrations for the 2014 NGS Conference will close on Monday 28 July 2014.


Speaker 2013
One of our speakers presenting at the
2013 Next Generation Sequencing Conference

Thank you to those who submitted abstracts for talks to be presented at the Conference. The NGS Programme Committee are preparing the draft programme and you will be advised by 7 July whether your talk has been included in the conference programme.

Speakers and their biographies will be listed here as they become available.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the 2014 Conference (in alphabetical order):

BrianDr Brian Dalrymple from CSIRO in Brisbane is a bioinformatics expert who was the lead in the recently published (in Science) sheep genome. He is involved in research using genome sequences and gene expression data to understand the development of muscle structure and function. His research aims to identify and utilise genes, gene networks, biochemical pathways and biological systems to improve the product quality and growth efficiency of livestock.

BasDr Bas Dutilh from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Bas's field of expertise is bioinformatics, including sequence analysis (genetics, genomics, and metagenomics), tool development, and experimental design. He has studied most taxonomic groups and several biological and medical systems, with an emphasis on microbes.


ToumyDr Toumy Guettouche is a Senior Scientist, and Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously he was Director of Oncogenomics Core Facility (OCF) at the Sylvester Cancer Center, University of Miami School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the Director for New Technology Assessment and Implementation, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG)-Center for Genome Technology.



Student Scholarships

Last year was the first time we offered Student Scholarships. This initiative proved so successful that we will again be offering these in 2014. The Scholarships are to assist students with the costs associated with attending the Next Generation Sequencing Conference. The NGS Programme Committee are offering contestable NZ$200 student scholarships. To be considered for one of five scholarships a student must present a paper at the conference.

Applications have closed.


Dunedin Art Gallery
The impressive facade of the
Dunedin Art Gallery

Both the 2014 Conference and the Workshops will be held in the Dunedin Art Gallery, The Octagon, Duendin.

For those flying into Dunedin, the airport is about a 40 minute drive from the venue. Should you wish to use a shuttle service between the airport and the venue please contact SuperShuttle to make a booking.





Suggested accommodation close to the venue is Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin, Leviathan Hotel, 97 Motel Moray, Law Courts Motel, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, Chapel Apartments. 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 2014 Conference Programme Committee: Jo Stanton
For organisational queries: Susan Adams



A copy of the poster for the 2014 Conference is here. Please print this out and display it in your department/section. Thank you.