SPP 1530: Flowering Time Control - from Natural Variation to Crop Improvement

Advances and Challenges of RNA-Seq Analysis


June 20-22, 2012, Halle/Saale, Germany

The tremendous pace at which sequencing technologies have been developed over the last years has triggered a plethora of new research projects that were unthinkable a decade ago. Examples are the 1000 Genomes Project, the Genome 10K Project, the Human Microbiome Project, or the Plant 1KP Project. Next-generation sequencing technologies have not only led to incredible advances, but also to great challenges, and our goal is to bring together researchers from different fields of science to discuss these topics in a stimulating environment at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

We would like to invite abstracts for talks and posters on advances and challenges of RNA sequencing, both experimental and computational, from both users and developers of novel techniques. The meeting will be focused on plant transcriptomics, specifically on flowering time control, but otherwise ranging from small to long RNAs, from non-coding to coding RNAs, from model plants to crop plants. Despite the focus on plant transcriptomics, contributions to advances and challenges in bacterial, fungal, or animal RNA-seq analyses are highly welcome.


Keynote lectures

Gunnar Rätsch (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA)

Computational Methods for Accurate Transcriptome Reconstruction

Peter Stadler (Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany)

Hidden Treasures in RNA-seq Data Sets

Gane Ka-Shu Wong (University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada)

1KP - An International Consortium Sequencing the Transcriptomes of 1000 Phylogenetically Diverse Plant Species from Angiosperms to Algae



Steve Hoffmann (Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany)

The Art of Sequence Alignment

David Langenberger (Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany)

DARIO - analysis of small RNAs sequencing data

Sebastian Schultheiss (Computomics, Tuebingen, Germany)

Oqtans: Quantitative transcriptome analysis in the cloud I


Geraldine Jean (University of Nantes, France and Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Tuebingen, Germany)

Oqtans: Quantitative transcriptome analysis in the cloud II

Meeting Venue

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Computer Sciences, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, Halle/Saale, Germany

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