Decreasing cost of new generation sequencing (NGS) has led to the accumulation of large genomic data, with >28’000 microbial genomes sequenced today. A broader range of researchers and practitioners from companies and governmental bodies step into NGS genomics without the prior knowledge of the complexity involved.
This one-day conference is organized in two sections: “Genomics in practice” and “Evolutionary genomics”; with the aim to promote the dialogue between the community of microbiologists interested in genome analyses and their practical applications (e.g., in medicine or agriculture) and the community of bioinformatics method developers. During this conference the microbiology community will be able to bring their practical problems to the attention of method developers, prompting the exchange of ideas and leading to new methodologies and applications. The conference will facilitate the translation of academic results in pathogen genomics and bioinformatics to solving practical problems in microbiology.
The conference is in line with the current strategy of ZHAW to expand applied genomics and bioinformatics research and its visibility in this field. Further, the event will take place during the joint ZHAW-SIB summer school GEMP2015 (on a similar topic), and its participants will also attend the conference and will benefit from the invited talks and research discussions.