Practical Course on Next Generation Sequencing for Population Genetics and Experimental Evolution

Posted on August 12th, 2014 | News

The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is organising a next generation sequencing (NGS) course from October 19 to 26 at the Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria.

Recent technological advances in sequencing have greatly changed the scope of biological questions addressable in experimental evolution systems. In particular, in addition to the study of phenotypes it is now possible to study molecular data genome-wide. Even population genetic analysis have become within reach for moderate research budgets by pooling individuals before sequencing. However, the analysis of massive amounts of data generated in course of a single experiment, especially time series data, require new statistical skills to be maximally informative.

Unfortunately, many research groups aiming to use the new sequencing technologies are facing enormous practical and conceptual difficulties handling the data. The planned course aims to facilitate the use of new sequencing technologies by providing users a hands-on introduction to available tools and techniques and explaining the concepts underlying them. The demand for such training is large and growing and this course is in particular aimed for evolutionary groups that usually do not have access to in house training for next generation sequencing.

Teaching Faculty

(Names in bold indicate the organizers of the course)

Eszter Ari, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Andrea Betancourt, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria
Simon Boitard, INRA Tolouse, France
Jonathan Bollback, Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Sinead Collins, University of Edinburgh, UK
Santiago Elena, Instituto de Biologia Molecular y Celular Plantas, Valencia, Spain
Angela Hancock, University of Vienna, Austria
Darren Kessner, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Robert Kofler, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria
Carolin Kosiol, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria
Ville Mustonen, Sanger Institute, UK
Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria
Mark Robinson, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Christian Schlötterer, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria

Draft Schedule

Day 0 (Sunday October 19th, 2014)
Arrival
Welcome Reception
Evening Presentation
Dinner

Day 1 (Monday October 20th, 2014)
am: Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing Technologies, Introduction to UNIX
pm: Assessing the Quality of the Data, Mapping Reads

Day 2 (Tuesday October 21st 2014)
am: Population Genetics
pm: Experimental Design
Evening Presentation
Open practical session: Teaching Assistants (TAs) – Free for analysis of trainees own data

Day 3 (Wednesday October 22nd 2014)
am: Pooled Sequencing
pm: Pooled Sequencing

Day 4 (Thursday October 23rd 2014)
am: RNASeq
pm: De Novo Assembly

Day 5 (Friday October 24th 2014)
am: GWAS
pm: GWAS
Evening presentation
Open practical session: Teaching Assistants (TAs) – Free for analysis of trainee’s own data

Day 6 (Saturday October 25th 2014)
am: Time Series Analysis
pm: Time Series Analysis
Final discussion session, trainee feedback, additional issues raised during the course

Day 7 (Sunday October 26th)
Departure

Details about the application procedure and updates can be found here


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