20th International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology
The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Sunday, August 9 - Friday, August 14, 2015
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
We plan to organize a 'Phylogenetic
module that offers the theoretical background and hands-on experience
in phylogenetic analysis for those who have little or no prior expertise
in sequence analysis.
An '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') and molecular adaptation. A 'Large
Dataset Analysis' module
will cover the more complex analysis of full genomes, huge datasets of
pathogens including Next Generation Sequencing data, and combined
analyses of pathogen
Practical sessions in these modules will involve software like, PHYLIP, PAUP*, PHYML,
MEGA, PAML or HYPHY, TREE-PUZZLE, SplitsTree, BEAST, MrBayes Simplot and RDP3.
We recommend participants to buy The
Phylogenetic Handbook as a guide during the workshop, and to bring their own data set.
The abstract and application deadline is March 15th
Selections will be made by the beginning of May.
The registration fee of 850 Euro covers attendance, lunches and coffee breaks.
Participation is limited to 30 scientists in each module and is dependent on a selection procedure
based on the submitted abstract and statement of motivation.
A limited number of grants are available for scientists who experience difficulties to attend because
of financial reasons.
(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.
(in order of importance)
Priority to countries with limited resources.Ranking according to the abstract quality.
Additional information and application forms are available on our website: http://www.rega.kuleuven.be/cev/veme-workshop/2015
We are confident that this course meets the needs of many molecular virologists and epidemiologists, and hope we can assist you
in your search for training in Bioinformatics methods.
Christine Carrington, Karen Nelson and Annemie Vandamme
Organizers of the workshop