#NGSchool (Next Generation School) is a platform to share the expertise in the field of Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis and general Bioinformatics. Our aim is to deepen and broaden knowledge and skills in Bioinformatics of all participants. Our activities are dedicated to young researchers with at least basic background in biology/math/informatics that are willing to improve their Bioinformatics and NGS data analysis skills. We select participants primarily from less developed countries such as Central & Eastern European Countries.
So far we have organised 3 summer schools and co-organised number of local and satellite events. Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis is our flagship annual event. It connect experts and early stage researchers working with NGS data, in order to exchange their expertise and learn one from another. In addition, starting from 2018, we started organising number of local events.
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 also in our region.
How many people does usually participate?
Our events are attended by 20-70 people, majority of those are PhD students and Post-docs, but researchers at all career stages are welcome! Summer schools usually welcome 40-60 people, of those 1/3 are speakers. For example, #NGSchool2018 will be attended by 60-70 participants including 20-30 speakers/hackathon mentors.
#NGSchool community is interdisciplinary, which results in interesting discussions and brings future experts from diverse disciplines together. The participants of #NGSchool represent various branches of Science, including biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, computer science and related disciplines.
How to get a place?
The only way to attend our events is through selection process. #NGSchool became quite popular, so getting a place isn't easy. In the previous editions (#NGSchool2016, #NGSchool2017, #NGSchool2018), we have received over 400 applications from 50 countries in total. This year alone over 130 people from 20 countries registered. Therefore, we strongly recommend to dedicate time and effort to prepare solid application if you really wish to attend. Definitely read more about #NGSchool2018 selection criteria.
Registration is typically opened approximately 4 months before summer school. We do our best to advertise every event in order to get best possible candidates. If you wish to be notify about oru activities, just follow us on Facebook, Research Gate and/or Twitter.
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.
Will you continue the course in the following years?
We plan to organise our main events on annual basis (see History). Every year we will adopt the #NGSchool program accordingly to the current expertise needs. Accordingly, we will invite experts in relevant relevant fields of interest. In addition, we gather feedback and suggestions from our participants & partners. We take this feedback seriously, trying to make our subsequent events even better.
Who is supporting this initiative?
#NGSchool is supported financially primarily by grants from International Visegrad Fund and several other agencies (see Funding). None of the things we're doing would be possible without dedication of many people and resources provided by numerous organisations. You can learn more about them at Partners page.