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Bioinformatics 16: Advanced Bioinformatics workshop for early career researchers, 7-11th November, 2016.

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is pleased to present its 7th Early Career Researcher workshop, which is based on the successful Bioinformatics 2014, 2013 and 2012 workshops. Kindly sponsored by the Bioinformatics Hub, this year we focus on metagenomics with key leaders Rob Knight, Philip Hugenholtz, Laura Weyrich, and Mathieu Fourment presenting a four-day hands-on training course.  Topics covered will be analysis of amplicon and shotgun metagenomic datasets (QIIME and MALT/MEGAN), along with detailed analysis of bacterial genomic information recovered from metagenomes (genomic mapping, taxonomy, phylogeny, and evolutionary analyses).
The program combines seminars and extensive hands-on practicals involving the analysis of a range of model and empirical datasets, focusing on current approaches in field-leading groups.  There will also be a limited opportunity to work on your own dataset with the tutors on the Friday afternoon.  Early registration is essential, as seating is limited to 40 places with very strong demand.

Pre-requisites: Delegates must be familiar with UNIX environments and basic command lines, and will require a basic knowledge of the technology and analytical tools of NGS. As a guide, you should know how to write a loop in BASH. Material will be pitched at an intermediate-advanced level.



Download registration form here

Venue: University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus

For enquiries please email or Ph
+61 08 8313 3952

  • Mathieu Fourment

    Mathieu is a computational biologist at the UTS Faculty of Science's ithree institute. He is interested in using and developing bioinformatics methods to understand the mechanisms driving the evolution of bacterial and viral pathogens. His research mainly focuses on the development of efficient Bayesian phylogenetic algorithms.

  • Philip Hugenholtz

    Phil is an ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland, working in the areas of microbial diversity and evolution. He assisted in pioneering the use of culture-independent molecular methods to characterise microbial communities including maker gene and shotgun (metagenomic) approaches.  

  • Rob Knight

    Rob Knight is a Professor at the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of California. Rob heads a lab that investigates techniques that seeks to understand the evolution of the composition of biomolecules, genomes, and communities, specialising in microbes.

  • Laura Weyrich

    Laura is an ARC DECRA Fellow and leads the ancient metagenomics research group at ACAD. She is the first person to reconstruct the microbiome of an extinct hominid, and is dedicated to developing rapid, reproducible methods to analyse and assess the microbiome in low biomass samples.

Program in draft
Monday 7th
Rob Knight
Tuesday 8th
Laura Weyrich
Wednesday 9th
Philip Hugenholtz
Thursday 10th
Mathieu Fourment
Friday 11th
Metagemoics conference

9:15-10:00am Welcome, introductions and PC set ups. Venue: TBA

~10:00 Venue: Mawson Lecture Theater/computer suite


~915am Venue: Mawson Lecture Theater/computer suite


~915am Venue: Mawson Lecture Theater/computer suite

Genome taxonomy database (GTDB)

~915am Venue: Mawson Lecture Theater/computer suite

ProgressiveMauve, BEAST and Physher

Short presentations round 1

Group farewell lunch

Short presentations round 2

Analyses of participants on their data with some of the remaining tutors on hand.

Expected close of program 3pm.

Worshop times: 9:15am - ~4:45pm with morning, lunch and afternoon breaks

Evening lectures 5pm-6pm held in the Mawson Lecture Theatre:

Rob Knight: Our dynamic microbiomes and their implications for health Mathieu Fourment: Using phylogenetics to understand the correlation between migratory flyways and avian influenza spread. Philip Hugenholtz: Calibrating microbial dark matter with a genome-based taxonomy Laura Weyrich: Lessons from Neandertals: how bacteria from your ancestors contribute to your health n/a

Registration: Early bird rate $250 (closes 28th September, 2016). Non early bird rate $300, closing date 28th October. No single day registration available. Cancellations after closing date may not guarantee a full refund. CANCELLATIONS 1-3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF WORKSHOP DATE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.


Venue Hands on session and lectures are in the Mawson Building, Computer Suite ground floor G12, and Mawson Lecture Theatre, ground floor G19 map here.


Accommodation The following is a list of accommodation venues we normaly use for their close proximity to the University and affordability:

  1. Adelaide Riviera Hotel, North Terrace, City. Standard room is around AUD $125.00 and approx 10mins walk to the University. Contact phone +61 8231 8000 or Toll free in Australia only # 1800 061 300.
  2. Hotel Grand Chanchellor Adelaide on Hindley - 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide city. 7mins walk to the University campus.  Contact email: / phone: +61 8 8231 5552 Standard room from $150/night.
  3. The Oaks Embassy 96 North Terrace, Adelaide. 1 bedroom apartment from AUD $135.00.
  4. Try the site Backpacker and Youth/Student Hostels in Adelaide where a listing of local backpackers is provided.
  5. Another site for students who are willing to share accommodation - check EasyRoommate or Adelaide Backpackers.
Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
Darling Building
North Terrace Campus

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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