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Bioinformatics FOAM 2014

We are delighted to invite members of the Australian Bioinformatics Network to Bioinformatics FOAM (Focus On Analytical Methods) 2014, a meeting held as part of CSIRO’s Computational and Simulation Sciences and eResearch Annual Conference and Workshops.


In keeping with similar meetings in previous years, Bioinformatics FOAM aims to field presentations and discussions that are enlightening, engaging and enjoyable to bioinformaticians and quantitative bioscientists of all persuasions.

The meeting program is still being finalised, but we will be hearing about a diverse range of topics including assembly of large genomes, systems biology (from Sarah Boyd), what employers look for in a CV, and the strengths, limitations and alternatives to p-values and null hypothesis significance testing (from John Carlin and Gordon Smyth).

0900 Session 1
Dr Paul Berkman Establishing a hybrid approach to the polyploid sugarcane genome assembly
Dr David Goode Reconstructing tumour evolution using a combined genomics approach
Dr Sarah-Jane Schramm Integration and analysis of high-throughput data types for insights into complex disease
Dr Sarah Boyd On Systems Biology
1030 Coffee
1100 Session 2
Dr Sarah-Jane Schramm The Inside Voice – reflections and ramblings of a newly minted post-doc
Dr David Lovell What I think about when I think about your job application? With panellists Dr Maria Doyle, Dr Andrew Lonie and Dr Alicia Oshlack
Dr Andrew Lonie The Genomics Virtual Laboratory
1230 Lunch
1330 Session 3
Dr Neil Saunders Learning from complete strangers: social networking for bioinformaticians
Prof John Carlin On the value of p-values: Take 1
Prof Gordon Smyth On the value of p-values: Take 2
1500 Coffee
1530 Session 4
Mr Jason Whyte Before collecting `Big Data', what can we do with NO data? Or Why get into a lather about experimental design?
Dr James Kijas Building the genomics toolbox for a livestock genome
Dr Sean O'Donoghue New tools for protein structures and phosphorylation pathways - and another animation
1630 Close


Clarendon A, Level5, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


The meeting opens to ABN members at 9am on Friday 28 March, and closes at 5pm that day. As in previous years, the CSIRO Bioinformatics Community will meet the day before to talk about CSIRO-specific issues.


CSIRO’s CSS conference gives us a great opportunity to hold a very affordable (i.e., free!) ABN event at a great location in a city with a high concentration of Australian life-science research. The format of Bioinformatics FOAM gives participants a chance to connect, to learn and to share knowledge and insights relevant to the pursuit of bioinformatics and quantitative bioscience.

Call for presentations

FOAM 2014 has the broad theme of learning from each other.

We invite you to propose presentations that will enlighten and inspire others working in the analysis of bioscience data. Talks are typically 20 minutes (including questions) but the format is flexible and the atmosphere is friendly. While James T. Kirk style monologues are discouraged, we are open to just about everything else, be they traditional presentations of interesting research, educational talks, Q&A or discussion sessions, lightning talks, PechaKucha or interpretive dance.

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We look forward to seeing you for some FOAMy goodness this March!

David Lovell, Annette McGrath, Lars Jermiin and Jen Taylor