Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis (#NGSchool)
What is the #NGSchool about?
In the course of one week, the participants attend the series of lectures and workshops, covering various aspects of Computational Biology, focusing on state-of-the-art techniques related to Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and its application in research, health-care and industry. This project brings together the experts and students from the fields of molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics and computational sciences. The course covers various aspects of Bioinformatics, focusing on analyses commonly applied in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). Every topic is covered by theoretical introduction and practical hands-on training with real-life examples.
Presenters and project partners are top scientists in the field of genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and general bioinformatics from across Europe.
Who is the target group for the course?
The target group of this project are students and early stage researchers. In 2016, we have received over 80 applications from 15 countries (52 from V4). From these, our scientific committee selected 45 participant (including 13 speakers) from 11 countries. In 2017, we have received 205 applications from 42 countries, from these we selected 66 participants (including 19 speakers) from 20 countries to attend #NGSchool2017.
The participants #NGSchool represent various branches of Science, including biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, computer science and related disciplines. Thus, #NGSchool community is interdisciplinary, which results in interesting discussions and brings future experts from diverse disciplines together.
What are the expected outputs?
While this is educational project, its outputs are not limited to education. The participants interacts with excellent researchers, thus they have unique opportunity to exchange ideas with experts. Moreover, this project expose the participants to other young investigators using similar techniques and most likely facing similar problems in their professional life. During the #NGSchool2016, we have created a new platform for exchanging ideas and seeking support for rapidly growing NGS and bioinformatics community in V4 countries.
Finally, this is great networking opportunity for future experts from the fields of bioinformatics, genomics and personalised medicine. We believe that this event will result in new, fascinating collaborative projects across V4 and beyond.
Why is it important?
We are living in very fascinating moment in the history, so-called Genomics Era, when obtaining the whole genome sequence of any individual becomes trivial task at affordable cost. Personalised medicine, a health-care system in which medical decisions and health-care products are tailored for the individuals based on their predicted response or risk of disease, is just around the corner. It is crucial to train the future experts, that will drive this revolution in our region.
Will you continue the course in the following years?
This is the first event of its kind in Central Europe. We plan to organise this summer school as a series of events, repeated on annual basis. Every year we will adopt the course programme accordingly to the feedback and experience from preceding years. Accordingly, we will invite experts in relevant fields of interest.
The very first Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis (#NGSchool2016) was held on August 14-21, 2016 in Dolný Smokovec, Slovakia. The second event, #NGSchool2017, was held on Sep 10-17 2017 in Jachranka k/Warszawy. The second event, #NGSchool2017, was held on Sep 10-17 2017 in Jachranka k/Warszawy. Currently we're working on #NGSchool2018 that will focus on Personalised medicine & single-molecule sequencing. In addition, for the first time we'll organise hackatons (Single-molecule sequencing: from sample to results) and co-organise sattelites meetings: `Nuclear landscapes` and `Data mining & machine learning`.
Who is supporting this initiative?
#NGSchool2016 was financially supported by grant from International Visegrad Fund (Standard Grant No. 21610099) and International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. #NGSchool2017 was financially supported by grant from International Visegrad Fund and DUN grant from Polish Ministry of Science & Higher Education. Currently we are looking for funding for #NGSchool2018. Finally, none of these would be possible without help and effort of endless number of people that are listed on project partners page.
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