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What is the aim of #NGSchool?

It’s hard to believe that it was only 40 years ago that the first techniques of sequencing were developed. In that period tremendous progress was made - long and laborious protocols were replaced by easy to use kits, sample prep can take as little as 1 hour and sequencers can be the size of a USB stick. And the field is still dynamically growing. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is rapidly revolutionizing biomedical research and clinical diagnostics while still growing and evolving. There’s no doubt that the influence of sequencing will only expand.

We aim to provide the bioinformatics course for researchers in the early stage of their careers (while being open to strongly motivated applications with any background) to both boost research & development (R&D) in Central & Eastern Europe and close the gap in the field of genomics between Western and Central & Eastern Europe.

What is the theme of #NGSchool2018?

The upcoming edition - #NGSchool2018: SMRT and personalised medicine will be focused on Single-Molecule Real-Time Sequencing (SMRT) and precision medicine. For quite some time now we mastered the ability to sequence and resequence genomes using fragment amplification based protocols. Even though powerful, this approach has its downsides - it doesn’t preserve the true modifications of the bases that constitute the sequence (epigenetic marks) or work poorly in highly repetitive regions. Single molecule real time sequencing (SMRT) is the answer for those problems - making it feasible to read the exact molecule, not its copies. Personalisation in medicine capitalizes on the great progress in genomics. Thanks to that we now know that patients can vastly benefit from tailored treatments based on their predicted response or risk of disease.

What is the scope?

The course will cover various aspects of bioinformatics, focusing on analyses commonly applied in Next Generation Sequencing, underlining its applications in healthcare and industry. All topics will be covered by the theoretical introduction and practical hands-on training with real-life examples. The training will be led by internationally recognized experts. The course will be held in English and we plan to have a symbolic fee that will allow people to attend despite their financial scope.

How many people will attend?

We plan that the event will be attended by 60 participants (40 students and 20 lecturers). In the previous editions of the summer school, we have received 290 applications in total from 42 countries. Originally, we were planning the event for 50 participants (35 students and 15 speakers), but the quality of applications was so high, that we decided to invite 66 participants (including 20 speakers). In the following years, we expect to receive even more applications. To secure the best possible speakers and students, we will advertise the course intensively. Similarly, as in the previous year, the project will be announced at several conferences, through social media (Facebook, Twitter) and by personal recommendation.

How can you support us?

We are welcoming all kinds of support - donations in reagents, rental of the equipment necessary for the hackathon we have planned, computational resources as well as financial support. We are offering Sponsor Packages of different values - VIP, GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE packages, each offering a different set of benefits including a ‘15-20 minute lecture slot’ and ‘Participation of an employee in the workshop’. Detailed information on Sponsor Packages can be found on the next page.

Contact us!

If you are interested in our offer or would like to learn more about #NGSchool, please contact us directly (ngschool@opensciencefoundation.eu) or visit the #NGSchool web page (https://ngschool.eu). We are looking forward to initiating rewarding and lasting professional relationships.

Sponsor packages

The VIP sponsorship package - support equivalent to min. €5,000

  1. Participation of an employee in the workshop.

  2. 15 - 20 minute lecture slot.

  3. Company logo displayed throughout the #NGSchool duration.

  4. Company logo linked to Company website displayed on the #NGSchool.

  5. Social media story of a sponsor supporting the #NGSchool.

  6. Company product flyer handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

  7. Merchandise with sponsors’ logos handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

 

The GOLD sponsorship package - support equivalent to min. €2,000

  1. 15 - 20 minute lecture slot.

  2. Company logo displayed throughout the #NGSchool duration.

  3. Company logo linked to Company website displayed on the #NGSchool.

  4. Social media story of a sponsor supporting the #NGSchool.

  5. Company product flyer handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

  6. Merchandise with sponsors’ logos handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

 

The SILVER sponsorship package - support equivalent to min. €1,000

  1. Company logo displayed throughout the #NGSchool duration.

  2. Company logo linked to Company website displayed on the #NGSchool.

  3. Social media story of a sponsor supporting the #NGSchool.

  4. Company product flyer handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

  5. Merchandise with sponsors’ logos handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

 

The BRONZE sponsorship package - support equivalent to min. €500

  1. Company logo linked to Company website displayed on the #NGSchool.

  2. Company product flyer handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).

  3. Merchandise with sponsors’ logos handed out with conference materials (provided by the sponsor).