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Upcoming events hosted by or involving Genetics Otago will be listed here. Please check back regularly for updates. A calendar of events that may be of interest to our members can be found at the bottom of this page and in the sidebar of other pages on this site, please note that this includes events hosted outside of Genetics Otago.

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Calendar of Events

The below is a calendar of events hosted by GO as well as events hosted by others that may be of interest to our members. If you have an event you would like us to include please contact us here.


May
31
Fri
SEMINAR: Epigenetic clocks for age prediction @ Online
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A reminder about this week’s Genomics Aotearoa seminar, online Friday, May 31 at 3pm.

We welcome Dafni Anastasiadi (Plant and Food Research). Dafni will be talking on Epigenetic clocks for age prediction.

Please invite colleagues to join our genomics community and take part in this seminar. Look forward to seeing you there. Questions and discussions are welcome.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS, or Android:
https://otago.zoom.us/j/97097442106?pwd=RlczU3VCdFBmbmt4Yng4VW5OcHdSdz09

About Dafni
Dafni Anastasiadi is a scientist at Plant and Food Research, Nelson. Her research interests focus on the role of epigenetics in eco-evolutionary processes using marine species as models. Her work has produced results with far-reaching implications in the epigenetics field, including the first epigenetic clock to accurately predict age in fish.

Jun
5
Wed
WORKSHOP: Reproducible Bioinformatics with Nextflow and nf-core @ Online
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

WORKSHOP: Reproducible Bioinformatics with Nextflow and nf-core
This online workshop is delivered by Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI, and will be taught from 10:00am to 4:00pm NZT on Wednesday the 5th of June, 2024, and is for New Zealand researchers interested in learning to use Nextflow.

Register for Reproducible Bioinformatics with Nextflow and nf-core

Nextflow is a management software system which facilitates the writing of scalable and reproducible scientific workflows. As a management system, Nextflow will simplify the development, monitoring, execution and sharing of pipelines. Using Nextflow will improve the reproducibility, portability, and run time of tasks.

Nextflow can integrate pipelines written in common scripting languages such as R and Python and couple these with environment management systems such as Docker, Singularity and Conda. Nextflow uses Domain Specific Language (DSL) which makes running workflows on cloud or high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure easy.

This workshop will also introduce nf-core: a community-driven repository of peer-reviewed best practice analysis pipelines written in Nextflow.

This workshop is comprised of three sections:
Section 1
– An introduction to Nextflow.
– Useful terminology.
– Working in the Nextflow environment.
Section 2
– An introduction to nf-core – a repository of existing pipelines.
– General structure of a pipeline.
– Running and customising your first pipeline.
Section 3
– Customising and configuring pipelines.
– Metrics and shareable reports.

Setup
This is a fully online, hands-on workshop. This workshop material will be run on the NeSI OpenOnDemand training environment – there is no need to install any software for this workshop. Instructions on how to access the training platform will be sent out with the confirmation letter to registrants.
Participants must have their own laptops and plan to participate actively. You will require a working web browser.
Prerequisites: You must have basic command line (Bash) skills to participate in this workshop.
If you have any questions about these workshops, including whether they are suitable for you, please contact tyler.mcinnes@otago.ac.nz.

Jul
17
Wed
Genomics Aotearoa Workshop: Introduction to R (online) @ Online
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This online workshop is delivered by Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI, and will be taught from 10:00am-4:00pm NZT on Wednesday the 17th of July, 2024, and is for New Zealand researchers interested in learning R. This workshop functions as a prerequisite for the RNA-seq Data Analysis workshop, and the material provides a basis for many workflows in R.

Some of the topics covered in the workshop are:

– An introduction to R and RStudio.

– R basics: The R language, reading data into R, storing data as objects.

– R packages.

– Publication-quality data presentation using ggplot2.

– Knitr: keep track of workflow and produce easy-to-follow reports of your work.

– Where to get more help when you are ready to do more.

We assume the learner has no prior experience with the tools covered in the workshop. However, learners are expected to have some familiarity with biological concepts.

Setup

This is a fully online, hands-on workshop. This workshop material will be run on the NeSI High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms – there is no need to install any software for this workshop. Instructions on how to access the NeSI HPC service will be sent out with the confirmation letter to registrants.

The material for this workshop can be previewed here:

https://genomicsaotearoa.github.io/Introduction-to-R/

Participants must have their own laptops and plan to participate actively. You will require a working web browser.

If you have any questions about these workshops, including whether they are suitable for you, please contact tyler.mcinnes@otago.ac.nz.

Jul
24
Wed
Genomics Aotearoa Training: Intermediate R @ Online
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This online workshop is delivered by Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI, and will be taught from 10:00am-4:00pm NZT on Wednesday the 24th of July, 2024, and is for New Zealand researchers interested in advancing their skills with R.

This is an intermediate workshop, please check you meet the Prerequisites: Attendees must have introductory knowledge of R and be well versed in tidyverse (Intro to R + supplementary materials in that workshop). We expect that you will either have completed our Introduction to R workshop or have sufficient experience of your own.

Some of the topics covered in the workshop are:

– Introduction to relational data and the join function.

– Working with regular expressions and functions from the stringr package.

– Writing custom functions, working with conditional statements.

– ‘Defensive programming’.

– Iterations – for loops, and map_*() functions.

– The importance of data structure in R.

Setup

This is a fully online, hands-on workshop. This workshop material will be run on the NeSI High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms – there is no need to install any software for this workshop. Instructions on how to access the NeSI HPC service will be sent out with the confirmation letter to registrants.

The material for this workshop can be previewed here.

Participants must have their own laptops and plan to participate actively. You will require a working web browser.

If you have any questions about these workshops, including whether they are suitable for you, please contact tyler.mcinnes@otago.ac.nz.

Aug
19
Mon
Genemappers 2024 @ Te Pae Convention Centre
Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day

Kia ora! It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 17th GeneMappers Conference, to be held in Christchurch from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st August. We are excited to host this meeting outside Australia for the first time, and aim to retain the ethos and build on the energy of previous meetings.

GeneMappers embraces all aspects of human genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. It provides a forum for presentation and discussion of new research ideas and technologies, and is always a superb networking forum for scientists at all career stages.

The 2024 meeting will be held at the brand new Te Pae Convention Centre, in the heart of Christchurch city. We do hope you will take extra time to enjoy the city and its environs, and perhaps combine your visit with a winter break in the beautiful South Island (Te Waipounamu).

We look forward to welcoming you to Christchurch in August 2024!

Co-convenors

Martin Kennedy and Anna Pilbrow
University of Otago, Christchurch

Sep
3
Tue
5th Annual Metagenomics Summer (Spring) School @ University of Auckland
Sep 3 – Sep 6 all-day
Metagenomics Summer School
The Environmental Microbiomes team at Genomics Aotearoa is hosting the 5th annual Metagenomics Summer (Spring) School.

This practical, hands-on workshop focuses on prokaryotic metagenomics and will be conducted in person at the University of Auckland, City Campus, Auckland, from September 3 to 6, 2024.

The workshop aims to guide participants through the process of analysing metagenomic short-read sequence data, including metagenomic read sequence processing, generation of curated metagenome-assembled genomes, and downstream data analyses and visualisation in R.

For a brief overview, browse course materials from the previous workshop here.

Examples of topics covered are:

  • Introduction to Bash shell and scripting (pre-workshop session)
  • Pragmatic considerations for planning experiments/sampling excursions (e.g., how much sequence data do I need? What are the approaches to analysing the data I have?)
  • Best practices in handling and processing metagenomic data
  • Metagenome assembly, binning and annotation
  • Viral genome prediction from metagenomic assemblies

We invite researchers of all bioinformatics skill levels and career stages to register their interest here. Registrations close at 2pm on Friday, June 7.

Email Boey at jian.sheng.boey@auckland.ac.nz if you have any enquiries.