What is #NGSchool?
#NGSchool (Next Generation School or Next Generation Sequencing School) is a project / platform to share the expertise in the field of High Throughput Sequencing Data Analysis and general Bioinformatics. Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis, our flagship annual event, connects experts and students / early stage researchers from these fields, in order to exchange their expertise and learn one from other.
The very first Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis (#NGSchool2016) was held on August 14-21, 2016 in Dolný Smokovec, Slovakia. We are currently organising the second event, #NGSchool2017, that will be held on Sep 10-17 2017 in Jachranka k/Warszawy. Registration for this event will open on 1 May. Stay tuned!
Areas of interest
We select topics of interest for each event. Below you can find rather inclusive lists of our interests:
- working with Linux and command-line
- general NGS data handling
- data formats (FastQ, SAM, BAM, VCF)
- Quality Control
- de novo genome & transcriptome assembly
- dealing with heterozygous/polyploid genomes
- gene prediction and functional annotation
- detection of SNPs & SVs (deletions, duplications, inversions, translocations)
- prediction of functional effects of detected variants
- RNA-Seq & differential expression analyses
- single-cell RNA-Seq
- bisulphite sequencing, ChIP-Seq & Hi-C data analysis
- GWAS & integration of molecular data
- applications of NGS in biomedicine & industry
- personalised medicine
- prenatal testing
- forensic genomics
- statistics and machine learning
- algorithms in Bioinformatics
You can find materials from previous editions here.
We put a lot of effort to make #NGSchool not only useful, but also very social. Every year, we organise set of social events, including BBQ nights, movie & music nights, hiking in High Tatras and sightseeing (ie. Łomnica, Strbske Pleso, Poprad). So, beside hard working, we try to have lots of fun. Definitely check our photos from last editions!
Can I join this project?
Everyone is welcome! People having no prior experience with Bioinformatics are welcome, but strong motivation is desired! Sign-in for our mailing list if you are interested in next edition of #NGSchool.
How much does it cost?
We try to keep the registration fee as low as possible in order to accommodate participants from less developed countries and/or poorer regions. In 2016 we've received generous support for #NGSchool2016 from International Visegrad Fund, reducing registration fee to €50 and providing full boarding and travel grants (up to €100) to all participants.
Currently, we are applying for several funding agencies to support #NGSchool2017. For example, if we get the greant from International Visegrad Fund, the registration for #NGSchool2017 covering accommodation and full boarding will be free of charge. So fingers crossed!