#NGSchool2018: SMRT & personalised medicine

Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis (#NGSchool2018) will be held 16-23 September 2018 in Lublin, Poland. In 2018, we'll focus on single molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing & personalised medicine. The registration is open now (see below)! We'll publish more detailed programme in May 2018, so stay tuned! 

For the first time, we'll organise: 

What’s NGSchool?

#NGSchool is a summer school in bioinformatics, aimed at researchers in the early stage of their careers, while being open to strongly motivated applications with any background. Our goal is to close the gap in the field of genomics between Western and Central & Eastern Europe, and boost research & development (R&D) in developing countries. The upcoming edition - #NGSchool2018: SMRT and personalised medicine will be focused on Single-Molecule Real-Time Sequencing (SMRT) and precision medicine

How many people will attend?

#NGSchool2018 will be attended by 60 participants (40 students and 20 lecturers). In the previous editions of the summer school (2016, 2017) we have received 290 applications in total from 42 countries. We expect even more applications this year.

Confirmed speakers

  • Andre Khales, ETH, Zurich, CH
  • Stephan Ossowski, IMGAG, Tübingen, DE
  • Paweł Łabaj,  MCB, Cracow, PL
  • Rosa Fernández, CRG, Barcelona, ES
  • Fran Supek, IRB, Barcelona, ES
  • Robert Vaser, University of Zagreb, HR
  • Nikolay Kulemin, Zenome, Moscow, RU


This year in addition to hands-on workshops and lectures, #NGSchool will host a MinION hackathon. Portable, single-molecule sequencing is the technology of today and tomorrow. Its countless applications, especially in precision medicine, stimulate the imagination - sequencing can now reach beyond the sophisticated labs. We plan to undertake a project of sequencing and de novo assembling the genomes of previously unsequenced organisms.

Participants will be divided into small groups and each project will be assigned a mentor, an expert from the field. Students will conduct the whole experiment, starting from sample preparation, through sequencing and data analysis to report writing. The number of groups will be determined based on availability of equipment and resources. Importantly, sequenced genomes will be deposed in the public database and the reports and results will be published.


We will do sample prep in the afternoon, sequencing overnight and data analysis the next morning (in total 26 hours reserved). Our initial schedule divided by days:

  1. Theoretical introduction to single molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing [3h] & Sample preparation and sequencing run overnight [3h]
  2. First batch of sequencing data ready, basecalling, QC, preliminary analysis [3h]
  3. Second batch of sequencing data ready, basecalling, QC, de novo genome assembly [3h]
  4. De novo genome assembly [4h]
  5. Gene prediction and functional annotation [4h]
  6. Report writing and data deposition to public databases [3h]
  7. Summary, team presentations [3h]

Mentors & organisers

Experimental experts:

Data analysis experts:



Registration will be opened from 3rd May to 30th June 2018. You can register here. Please, secure enough time to fill out the form as some questions require considerable amount of thinking. Every year we receive several applicants per place, therefore we strongly recommend preparing your application well. You can read more about selection criteria here


We are happy to announce that we received Visegrad+ grant from VisegradFund, which means we can keep registration fee at minimum! We require each participant to pay 100 EUR, but the fee can be waived depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant. In addition, a number of travel grants are available (the exact information will be announced shortly). 


#NGSchool2018 will take place in Lublin - the largest city in southeastern Poland, with breathtaking Old Town baring amazing historic architecture and thriving cultural scene. The workshops, lectures and hackathon will be held at the Medical University of Lublin. We will have access to four fully equipped laboratories which will allow us to carry out the experiments in parallel. For computational analysis we will secure a dedicated cluster and provide access to high speed internet connection.

Contact us!

If you are interested in supporting #NGSchool or would like to learn more, please contact us directly. We are looking forward to initiating rewarding and lasting professional relationships. 

#NGSchool2017 group photo