[All] CABANA virtual workshop: Innovative methods for viral detection and discovery in genomic and metagenomic data, 8-12 Nov 2021

Piraveen Gopalasingam piv at ebi.ac.uk
Thu Sep 30 16:18:46 BST 2021


*Dear all,*


We are pleased to announce applications are open for a CABANA training 
workshop taking place this 8-12 November 2021 titled, “Innovative 
methods for viral detection and discovery in genomic and metagenomic 
data”. More information can be found below.

Title:Innovative methods for viral detection and discovery in genomic 
and metagenomic data

Venue:Virtual (Zoom)

Dates:8-12 November 2021

Deadline for Applications: 31st October 2021 at 12:00 GMT

Registration fee:Free

Application Link:https://forms.gle/6vmFUBYSLirBLNdC9


​​Emerging viruses can cause new diseases in humans and animals and 
proper epidemiological surveillance is essential to detect and 
characterize such viruses. Given the enormous impact of the COVID-19 
pandemics, this course will cover the assembly of the SARS-CoV-2 genome 
from human patients, characterization of viral variants, and 
identification of variants of concern (VOCs). The course will also 
present some innovative methods that can improve the detection of 
evolutionarily remote viruses. Among other methods, the course will 
cover the construction of profile HMMs and their application to 
screening metagenomic datasets for both known and novel viruses.

Target Audience

This course is intended for graduate students, postdocs and young 
researchers working in the fields of metagenomics and viral discovery in 
the CABANA grand challenge areas of communicable diseases, protection of 
biodiversity, and/or sustainable crop production.

Applicants must be employed within Latin America only. Additionally we 
cannot accept applications from Chile or Uruguay due to funding 

Please note this course will be taught in English, however the trainers 
are fluent in either Spanish/Portuguese, and can offer language support 
where feasible. Priority will also be given to those who have not 
attended a CABANA event yet.

Students should be familiar with using the Linux command line. As the 
course will be held remotely, all students must have Zoom previously 
installed on their computers. Also, as classes will be held 
synchronously, a good Internet connection is mandatory.

A knowledge of virology, especially from previous research experience, 
is also desirable.

Scientists from underrepresented ethnic and gender groups are especially 
encouraged to apply for this workshop, for example women and those with 
Black and/or Indigenous heritage.

For more information regarding this course, please use the following 

Please forward this call through your networks and local bioinformatics 

We wish you the best with your applications.

Kind regards

Guilherme Oliveira & Piv Gopalasingam, on behalf of the CABANA Consortium


Dr. Piv Gopalasingam AFHEA, BSc(Hons)
Scientific Training Officer
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
EMBL-EBI South Building, Wellcome Genome Campus
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1SD, UK
T: +44 (0) 1223492548
Skype: piv.1011
www.ebi.ac.uk/training | @Cascade21 | @EBItraining
CABANA: www.cabana.online | @CABANAgcrf
Preferred pronouns: he/him

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