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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.

M&I Departmental Seminar: Dr Chase L. Beisel @ Biochemistry Seminar room G13
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

World-leading CRISPR-Cas researcher, Prof. Dr. Chase Beisel, is visiting the Department of Microbiology and Immunology on a Chaffer fellowship. He will be giving a seminar on October 15th from 1-2 pm in Biochemistry BIG13. Please see the attached flyer for details on this presentation.

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CANCELLED: Genomics Aotearoa Seminar: Understanding Reproduction and Development in Honeybees @ Online
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SEMINAR: Understanding Reproduction and Development in Honeybees

Tēnā koutou katoa
We warmly invite you to attend our Genomics Aotearoa seminar, online on Friday, October 27 at 3pm.

We welcome Georgia Cullen (University of Otago) to talk about Understanding Reproduction and Development in Honeybees.

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:

About Georgia
Georgia is in the last six months of her PhD at the University of Otago, working with Professor Peter Dearden investigating honeybee reproduction and development, with a particular focus on the germline cell niche in queens.

Unlock the Future of Hi-C Data Generation with the Dovetail® TopoLink™ Assay @ Online
Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you still using Hi-C to detect TADs and Loops?

​​If so, you’ll want to explore the groundbreaking Dovetail® TopoLink™ Assay. This innovative solution not only simplifies the Hi-C workflow but also tackles high sequencing costs and uneven genomic coverage. And the best part? The entire process can be completed in just one day without compromising data quality!

You Are Invited! 

Dovetail Genomics Webinar – Unlock the Future of Hi-C Chromatin Conformation Studies with the Dovetail® TopoLink™ Assay.

November 1st, 2023 07:00 PM PST 

In this webinar, you’ll gain insights into:

  • The limitations of traditional Hi-C workflows.
  • How Dovetail® TopoLink™ chemistry revolutionizes Hi-C data generation.
  • Why Dovetail® TopoLink™ data outperforms restriction enzyme-based Hi-C for chromatin conformation analysis.
  • Practical considerations for experimental setup and data analysis.


​​​Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead in your Hi-C research.
Join us and move your understanding of the 3D genome into the next dimension.

Biostatistical thinking for Health Researchers
Nov 20 all-day

Biostatistical thinking for Health Researchers – 20th November 2023
Unlock the power of biostatistics in health research through our one-day, hands-on workshop. Designed with the modern health researcher in mind, this interactive workshop aims to demystify the often complex realm of biostatistics.
Target audience: Health researchers and Postgraduate students (not biostatisticians)

Please refer to the attached posters for more details.
Biostatistical thinking for Health Researchers workshop Poster – Nov 2023

Kindly note, that you need to register for the Workshop. The early bird registration date has been extended to Sunday, 15th October 2023.

MapNet 2023 @ Dunedin, Invermay
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – Nov 24 @ 5:00 pm

We are pleased to announce that MapNet will be held in Dunedin this November. Check out the flyer attached and website We will continue to update with sponsor and programme details.

Key dates:

Deadline for abstract submission – 25 October, 2023

Registration closes – 6 November, 2023

MapNet dates – 22-24 November, 2023

Causal Inference workshop
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day

Causal Inference workshop – 23rd and 24th November 2023
This in-person, two-day Causal Inference workshop presented by Professor Michael Hudgens, Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics UNC-Chapel Hill, on the Thursday and Friday after the conference.
Target audience: Health researchers, epidemiologists, biostatisticians

Please refer to the attached posters for more details.
Causal Inference workshop Poster – Nov 2023

Kindly note, that you need to register for the Workshop. The early bird registration date has been extended to Sunday, 15th October 2023.

FNA Perth 2023 @ Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day

The Symposium “Functional Nucleic Acids: From Laboratory to Targeted Molecular Therapy” will be held on 23-24 November 2023 at Murdoch University Campus in Perth, Australia.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from global and industry pioneers in RNA Therapeutics at the 3rd International Symposium on Functional Nucleic Acids 23-24 November 2023 at Murdoch University, Perth.

For just $275.00(AUD) or a heavily discounted student rate of $75.00(AUD) you can hear the latest updates from around the world and build your networks.

See the attachment for announcement of Keynote speakers with more exciting speakers still to come. Your name could appear alongside these industry greats when you submit your abstract now.

Abstract submission deadline:
5pm Monday 30 October: Oral or Poster presentation.
Submit an abstract to be considered for an oral or poster.
Guidelines and submission details can be found on the website.
Please Note: Registration is required to submit an abstract.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth in November – REGISTER NOW!

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Otago Bioinformatics Spring School @ University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Nov 27 – Dec 1 all-day

Hosted at the University of Otago, the Bioinformatics Spring School 2023 is a week long training event for researchers, supported by Genomics Aotearoa and the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI). This event is primarily targeted at researchers and students based in Aotearoa New Zealand. International applications will be considered but will need to be able to attend in-person.

Expressions of interest applications are now open and will close midnight, Friday 29th September 2023.

Full Details:

eResearch NZ 2024 conference @ Intercontinental Wellington.
Feb 7 – Feb 9 all-day

7-9 February 2024 | Wellington
eResearch NZ is the leading conference for the research community in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Each year, it brings people together to connect, converse, and share their latest ideas and innovations.

In 2024, we’ll be hosting the event in Wellington. Our strategic theme is He Moana Pukepuke e Ekengia e te Waka | Navigating an evolving eResearch landscape

Together with the research community, we’ll be showcasing new innovations, technology and research while helping each other navigate the challenges in our changing field.

eResearch NZ is a collaborative initiative organised by REANNZ, NeSI and Genomics Aotearoa with the support of the wider community.

Genomics Aotearoa Training: Introduction to the Command Line @ Online
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to the Command Line
This online workshop will be taught on Wednesday 14th of February, 2024 10:00am-4:00pm NZT and is for New Zealand researchers interested in learning to use the command line. The focus of this workshop is on working with the command line, also called The Shell.

Some of the topics covered in this workshop are:

  • An introduction to the Shell, including why this is such a powerful tool.
  • File navigation, how to navigate directories.
  • How to interact with files – copy or rename files in bulk. Automation reduces user error and saves time.
  • Redirection: passing information from one command to another to create useful chains of commands.
  • Writing scripts which can be executed to quickly and easily reproduce analyses.

This lesson assumes learner has no prior experience with the tools covered in the workshop.

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.

Register for this workshop at Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about these workshops, including whether they are suitable for you, please contact