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microRNA Analysis Using Next-Generation Sequencing (21 - 23 September 2016)

In a Nutshell:
- Learn the basics of different small non-coding RNAs and their characteristics
- Understand the method of small RNA sequencing
- Find differentially expressed small RNAs
- Perform microRNA gene prediction
- Analyze your small RNAs (microRNA target prediction, functional analysis, etc.)
- Execute popular open-source microRNA tools (miRanallyzer, miRDeep, etc.) on a Windows machine (using a Linux VM)

Scope and Topics:
The purpose of this workshop is to obtain a thorough understanding on the expression profiling of known microRNAs and the prediction of novel microRNA genes using next-generation sequencing technologies (NGS). The participants will be trained to understand both, the data analysis aspects of NGS technologies and the functional implications of small RNAs. Downstream analysis to infer the functional implication of the detected microRNAs will be discussed including target prediction/detection and functional analysis. After this workshop, the participants will be able to perform their own microRNA analysis using up-to-date methods and extract scientific valuable findings.
All workshop attendees will be enabled to perform important first tasks of NGS data analysis themselves. The course layout has been adapted to the needs of beginners in the field of NGS bioinformatics and allows scientists with no or little background in computer science to get a first hands-on experience in this new and fast evolving research topic.


Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analysis: A Practical Introduction (29 June - 1 Juli 2016)

In a Nutshell:
- Learn the essential computing skills for NGS bioinformatics
- Understand NGS technology, algorithms and data formats
- Use bioinformatics tools for handling sequencing data
- Perform first downstream analyses and find differentially expressed genes

Scope and Topics:
The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) with a special focus on bioinformatics issues. Advantages and disadvantages of current sequencing technologies and their implications on data analysis will be discovered. The participants will be trained on understanding their own NGS data, finding potential problems/errors therein and finally perform their first downstream analysis (differential gene expression). In the course we will use a real-life RNA-seq dataset from the current market leader illumina.
All workshop attendees will be enabled to perform important first tasks of NGS data analysis themselves. The course layout has been adapted to the needs of beginners in the field of NGS bioinformatics and allows scientists with no or little background in computer science to get a first hands-on experience in this new and fast evolving research topic.


Spezielle Aspekte von Bioinformatik-Methoden in der MS – basierten Proteomik (28.2.2016)

At this year’s DGMS conference in Hamburg ( the service center BioInfra.Prot of the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) organizes the workshop ‘Spezielle Aspekte von Bioinformatik-Methoden in der MS – basierten Proteomik‘. This workshop takes place at 28th of February in Hamburg and is given by two leading German proteomics working groups, which joint forces in the BioInfra.Prot service center.

In order to ensure an efficient and integrative learning experience, the event is divided in smaller modules and combines theoretical foundation with concrete application (hands – on sessions). Particular focus is given to an autonomous analysis of real data sets. The workshop covers special aspects of daily tasks in the context of proteomics data analysis starting with data generation and leading to fully automated data analyses by use of so called ‘workflow systems’.

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GCB 2015


Die German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB) ist eine jährliche, internationale Konferenz zu allen Themen der Bioinformatik. Die Konferenz hatte in den letzten Jahren im Schnitt 250 - 300 Besucher. Die GCB 2015 wird vom 27. -30.09.2015 in Dortmund stattfinden.

Organisiert wird die diesjährige GCB von den Bioinformatik-Forschungsgruppen der TU Dortmund, Ruhr-Universität Bochum und der Universität Duisburg-Essen in Kooperation mit der gemeinsamen Fachgruppe für Bioinformatik (FaBI) der GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.), DECHEMA (Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.), GBM (Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V.) und GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V.).

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13th RECOMB Satellite Conference on Comparative Genomics, RECOMB-CG 2015

Frankfurt, Germany - October 4-7, 2015


The annual RECOMB-CG satellite conference brings together leading researchers in the mathematical, computational and life sciences to discuss cutting edge research in comparative genomics, with an emphasis on computational approaches and the analysis of novel experimental results. The program includes both invited speakers and contributed talks.


Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • population genomics
  • genome rearrangement
  • comparative tools for genome assembly
  • gene identification and/or annotation
  • comparison of functional networks 
  • phylogenomics
  • genome variation, diversity and dynamics
  • comparative epigenomics
  • genome evolution
  • paleogenomics
  • cancer evolution genomics


Paper Submission Deadline: June 19, 2015

Author Notification: July 10, 2015

Final Version due: July 20, 2015

Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: August 28, 2015

Poster Acceptance Notification: September 1, 2015

Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI) 2015

WABI 2015 will be held in Atlanta during September 10-12, 2015 in conjunction with ACM BCB 2015. The registration and accommodations for WABI 2015 are handled through ACM BCB 2015. The registration fee provides access to all WABI events and all BCB events. WABI is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group in Bioinformatics (SIGBio), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

All research in algorithmic work in bioinformatics, computational biology and systems biology. The emphasis is mainly on discrete algorithms and machine-learning methods that address important problems in molecular biology, that are founded on sound models, that are computationally efficient, and that have been implemented and tested in simulations and on real datasets. The goal is to present recent research results, including significant work-in-progress, and to identify and explore directions of future research.

Original research papers (including significant work-in-progress) or state-of-the-art surveys are solicited in all aspects of algorithms in bioinformatics, computational biology and systems biology - including, but not limited to:

  1. Exact and approximate algorithms for sequence analysis, gene and signal recognition, alignment and assembly, molecular evolution, structure determination or prediction, gene expression, molecular pathways and network, proteomics, functional and comparative genomics, and drug design.
  2. Methods, software, and data repositories for development and testing of such algorithms and their underlying models, as well as high-performance computing approaches to hard learning and optimization problems.
  3. Novel approaches to analyzing and modeling high throughput sequencing data, including sequence assembly, population genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, small RNA sequencing, bisulfite sequencing,...

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: May 18th, 2015 (Monday) AOE Extended deadline
Author notification: June 15th, 2015 (Monday)
Final version due: June 27th, 2015 (Saturday)
Workshop : September 10-12

Authors are invited to submit papers of at most 12 pages formatted in LaTeX using the Springer LNCS style. Each paper must contain a succinct statement of the issues and of their motivation, a summary of the main results, and a brief explanation of their significance, all accessible to non-specialist readers. All submissions must be made online, through the EasyChair submission system in PDF format. Simultaneous submission to another conference with published proceedings is not permitted, but simultaneous submission to a journal is allowed, provided that the authors notify the program chairs; if published in a journal, such a contribution will be published as a short abstract in the WABI proceedings.


The WABI proceedings will be published in LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), (Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics series) by Springer-Verlag. Extended versions of selected WABI papers will be published in the journal Algorithms for Molecular Biology (AMB).

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