#NGSchool (Next Generation School) is a platform to share the expertise in the field of Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis and general Bioinformatics. Our aim is to deepen and broaden knowledge and skills in Bioinformatics of all participants. Our activities are dedicated to young researchers with at least basic background in biology/math/informatics that are willing to improve their Bioinformatics and NGS data analysis skills. We select participants primarily from less developed countries such as Central & Eastern European Countries.
So far we have organised 3 summer schools and co-organised number of local and satellite events. Summer School in Bioinformatics & NGS Data Analysis is our flagship annual event. It connect experts and early stage researchers working with NGS data, in order to exchange their expertise and learn one from another. In addition, starting from 2018, we started organising number of local events.
Why is it important?
We are living in very fascinating moment in the history, so-called Genomics Era, when obtaining the whole genome sequence of any individual becomes trivial task at affordable cost. Personalised medicine, a health-care system in which medical decisions and health-care products are tailored for the individuals based on their predicted response or risk of disease, is just around the corner. It is crucial to train the future experts, that will drive this revolution also in our region.
How many users does usually partecipate?
Our events are attended by 20-70 people, majority of those are PhD students and Post-docs, but researchers at all career stages are welcome! Summer schools usually welcome 40-60 people, of those 1/3 are speakers. For example, #NGSchool2018 will be attended by 60-70 participants including 20-30 speakers/hackathon mentors.