20th International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology

  • Event:  20th International bioinformatics workshop on virus evolution and molecular epidemiology
  • When:  Sunday 9 August - Friday 14 August 2015
  • Location:  University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augstine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
  • More information:  http://www.rega.kuleuven.be/cev/veme-workshop/2015
  • Registration deadline: 15 March 2015

From the organisers:

We are announcing the organization of the international workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) in 2015, hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of our main sponsor the International Committee for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The workshop is co-organised by the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the J. Craig Venter Institute (USA).

We plan to organizethe following modules :

  • 'Phylogenetic Inference' offers the theoretical background and hands-on experience in phylogenetic analysis for those who have little or no prior expertise in sequence analysis;
  • 'Evolutionary Hypothesis Testing' is targeted to participants who are well familiar with alignments and phylogenetic trees and would like to extend their expertise to likelihood and Bayesian inference in phylogenetics, coalescent and phylogeographic analyses ('phylodynamics'); 
  • 'Large Dataset Analysis' will cover the more complex analysis of full genomes, huge datasets of pathogens including Next Generation Sequencing data, and combined analyses of pathogen and host;
  • 'Large Phylogenies’ - 5 separate workshops on Transmission Chain Investigation, Molecular Adaptation, Visualization of Large Phylogenies with Metadata, Recombination and Networks and Virus Analysis Tools.

 Practical sessions in these modules will involve various software packages, including PHYLIP, PAUP*, PHYML, MEGA, PAML or HYPHY, TREE-PUZZLE, SplitsTree, BEAST, MrBayes, Simplot, RDP3, QuRE.
 
We recommend participants to buy The Phylogenetic Handbook as a guide during the workshop, and to bring their own data set.
 
Selections will be made by the beginning of May 2015. Participation is limited to 30 scientists in each module.
 
Selection criteria (in order of importance):

  • Quality of the abstract: abstracts will be reviewed and priority will be given to applicants who are first author on the abstract.
  • Letter of motivation: how urgent/important is your need for training?
  • Each module is preferably restricted to 1 participant from the same lab.
  • Priority will be given to participants from countries with limited resources.

The registration fee of 850 Euro covers attendance, lunches and coffee breaks. A limited number of grants are available for scientists who experience difficulties to attend because of financial reasons.

Yours sincerely,
 
Christine Carrington, Karen Nelson and Anne-Mieke Vandamme
Organizers of the workshop

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