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3rd Brighton Bioinformatics Retreat 2012

Monday, 10th December 2012 at the Brighton Savoy

150 The Esplanade Brighton, VIC 3186 | 03 9592 8233 |

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Contact Dieter Bulach | 0425 743 849 |


The 3rd Brighton Bioinformatics Retreat has a similar focus to previous retreats, with bioinformaticians at the forefront (not biologists, and more about the practitioners than lab heads). The retreat will develop conversations around three broads areas:

  1. Best practice
    The maturation of sequencing technologies, software and analysis methods for next gen sequencing has led to the opportunity to start considering ‘best practice’ approaches to some of commonly used analysis methods. Short workshops on five relatively mature methods will developments in this area. At this stage topics will include RNAseq-differential expression and de novo assembly of RNAseq.
  2. Infrastructure
    Presentations will cover National Bioinformatics Infrastructure with an update on the evolution of the Genomics Virtual Laboratory, the rollout of national computing and data storage infrastructure, and an update on developments in sequencing technologies.
  3. Community
    The rapid development of sequencing technologies and the consequential rapid evolution of analysis methods for next gen sequencing has provided the basis for the formation of an informal and cooperative bioinformatics community both locally within Victoria and across Australia. At this time it is worth considering: Is there some value in establishing (re-establishing) a Bioinformatics professional organisation or should it remain an informal community?

Draft Program

10:00 Welcome        Dieter Bulach
10:10 Annual update on resources        Andrew Lonie, Torsten Seemann, Clare Sloggett
10:40 What's new in sequencing        Scott Coutts
11:00 GVL, Cloud, Galaxy                  Clare Sloggett, Enis Afgan (Cloudman)
11:50 Breakout 1       
12:40 Diversity - who is represented        Nathan Hall
13:00 LUNCH       
14:00 ABN and bioinformatics in Australia        David Lovell
15:00 Organising bioinformatics + careers        Alicia Olshack(MCRI+past WEHI), Andrew Lonie (VLSCI)  and Annette McGrath (CSIRO past QFAB and AGRF)
15:20 AFTERNOON TEA       
15:50 Breakout 2       
16:40 International view       
17:10 Closing Discussion
17:10 BUFFER-Equilibration time       
18:00 DINNER