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Join the NGS-CN Webinar series

[almost]-each 1st Thursday of the month we gather in Webex at 12:00 for “NGS-CN Webinar series”.
We use our chance to get to know scientific contributions from our NGS-CN network folks and communicate across centers.

Feel free to register as a speaker under this form:
Organizers will promptly contact you to settle the date which is suitable for you.

You are always welcome to join and communicate!
Best regards, NGS-CN Webinar series organizing team

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NGS-CN Webinar: Introduction to consent and GHGA consent tools
We welcome GHGA speakers!
Have you ever thought about:
* What does consent mean in research and medical settings?
* Why is it important and what are the challenges?
* How is consent given and are there tools that can help to set up consent forms?
* How can I check if consent given in an earlier study is compliant with ethical and legal requirements?
Come by & discuss with us!
11 CESTOnline
Bio-Data Science Evening in DüsseldorfDr.rer.nat. Alexander Lang will share with us

Multiple single cell sequencing methods
for multimodal characterization of cardiovascular disease

and afterwards we will have an amazing opportunity for a “meet & greet” networking time – till 20:00!
Snacks and drinks will be provided to recharge after the long day.

Let’s meet in person, connect and develop new ideas together!
If there will be a wish – we will set up a soft-skills-corner to strengthen our weak spots (select topics of interest in the registration form).

17:00 –  18:00 CESTO.A.S.E. (University Hospital Düsseldorf) 
NGS-CN Webinar: Introduction to consent and GHGA consent toolsGHGA presented by Simon Parker and Andreas Bruns
FAIR Sharing Approaches for Human Omics DataThe symposium is part of the GHGA Annual Meeting and held virtually 

>>> Attendance is free but we ask for registration here <<<
The symposium is part of the GHGA Annual Meeting and held virtually 
The programme will showcase different national approaches to set up infrastructures for sharing of human omics and health care data, and will feature presentations of Katrin Crameri, Ilkka Lappalainen, Gerrit Meijer and Oliver Kohlbacher. 
Details and updates on the agenda can be found here
10:00 – 12:30 CESTonline 
Combination of long and short RNA sequencing
in diabetes and myocardial infarction
Dr. M.D. Daniel Oehler, University Hospital of Düsseldorf
Join us using the following link:
12:00 CESTOnline
NGS-CN Webinar Series: “Gene Expression and Genomic Variant Validation with RNA from Blood”Speaker: Michaela Pogoda, NGS Competence Center Tübingen, Institute for Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics, University Hospital Tübingen.
You are welcome to join us here
12:00 CESTOnline
“Single-cell lineage tracing in development and regeneration”The Dresden concept Genome Center (DcGC) – as part of the nation-wide NGS-Competence Network (NGS-CN) – and the Single Cell Omics Germany Network (SCOG) are cordially inviting you to an extraordinary online Seminar.
Log in to the event via zoom here

13:00 – 14:00 CESTonline
Next Generation Sequencing Competence Network (NGS-CN) Public WorkshopThis workshop is aimed at researchers from all areas of the life sciences who are interested in NGS technologies and data analysis. Young scientists are particularly welcome. The workshop includes an open Q&A session with the experts of the NGS-CN. Register here
09:45 – 14:00 CESTOnline
NGS-CN Public workshop – CANCELEDWith talks on “Swarm learning for the use on NGS data”, “GHGA initiative: managing human omics data”, “Single-cell transcriptional landscape of organogenesis” and “Spatial single-cell transcriptomics”. Full agenda here.
9:45 am to 2 pm online
“Understanding Next Generation Sequencing from molecule to output data”
September 13-15th, 2021 and it is tailored for MSc and PhD students with planned or ongoing NGS-related projects.
The summer school is targeted at MSc and PhD students with NGS-related research projects. The event is planned in person with a maximum of 10 participants, respecting the corona rules applying at that time. Successful applicants will be notified in the second half of August.

Participation is free of charge and accommodation costs are covered; participants have to arrange for their travel independently.

In order to apply, please download and fill out the PDF application form. Once completed please upload it here. The deadline for application is August 8th, 2021.

The program includes a practical demo session on Oxford Nanopore long read sequencing and Bioinformatics analysis. Lectures and bioinformatics exercises will cover:
Relevance of NGS for basic research and diagnostics
Experimental planning and statistical analysis of NGS Experiments
Data analysis of transcriptomics and single cell data
Population genomics
Analysis of ancient DNA

For questions or issues, please contact or
9 am-5pm Schloss Mickeln at the Heine Heinrich University in Düsseldorf, Germany
NGS Webinar Series: “MuWU – a Snakemake workflow for Mu-seq library annotation and analysis”, Tyll Stöcker (University of Bonn)In the second webinar of the NGS-CN webinar series Tyll Stöcker will present the tool “MuWU – a Snakemake workflow for Mu-seq library annotation and analysis”. Tyll is a PhD student working in the group of Prof. Schoof, Crop Bioinformatics within the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES) at the University of Bonn.

To register to this webinar write an email to our officer Dr. Melanie Sapp:
NGS Webinar Series: “How long reads are revolutionizing Plant Genomics”, Prof. Björn Usadel (HHU Düsseldorf)The first webinar of the NGS-CN webinar series is held by Björn Usadel from HHU Düsseldorf on the topic “How long reads are revolutionizing Plant Genomics”. To register to this webinar write an email to our officer Dr. Melanie Sapp:

Björn Usadel studied Biochemistry at the Free University Berlin and conducted his MSc research on Drosophila at the Rockefeller University.  Upon returning to Germany in 2001, he conducted his PhD studies in the lab of Dr. Markus Pauly at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam on identifying and characterizing novel cell wall genes using bioinformatics approaches.
After a postdoc and group leader position with Prof Mark Stitt at the same institute, he became full professor and director at RWTH Aachen University and the Forschungszentrum Center Jülich in 2011. Ín 2020 he moved to a joined position as Professor for Biological Data Science at Heinrich Heine University and Head of the Institute of Bioinformatics at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He has co-authored more than 150 publications and is an ISI highly cited researcher in Plant and Animal Sciences.
Extension of the high-throughput sequencing initiative
Senate decides to continue the network for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and thus further options for applying for sequencing costs in projects.
The Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) decided in its meeting on December 10, 2020, which was held as a video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic, to extend the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) initiative until 2023. In March 2018, four competence centers were set up in the network and a total of 93 projects were subsequently funded in the tendering rounds for “sequencing costs in projects”. link
Next Generation Sequencing Network (NGS-CN) workshop
A Virtual Second Workshop for the Next Generation Sequencing Network (NGS-CN). This event was co-organized by the Competence Centre for Genome Analysis Kiel (CCGA) and the Central Coordination Unit (CCU). This is a great workshop for scientists on the step of “How to get started” and “who to contact” for their sequencing projects. For more information and how to register click here.
9:30 am – 2:00 pm Virtual