2014 Next-generation Sequencing Symposium
October 17–20, Hefei, China
The next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have been providing enormous amount of data – big data – and unprecedented opportunities for interdisciplinary studies in life and computational sciences. The twisted boundaries among research fields have resulted in increasing demands of scientific communications. To respond to such needs, Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (BIG, CAS) and the journal Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics (GPB) launch the biennial Next-generation Sequencing (NGS) Symposium Series in 2012.
The NGS Symposium Series serve as a premier platform for sharing ideas, broadcasting new findings, and exploring collaborations. In 2014, the symposium will be held in Hefei, China, October 17–20, with the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) as the local host. The theme of this event is “Metagenomics and Ribogenomics”. Ribogenomics is the science and knowledge about ribonucleic acid (RNA), including their origin, biogenesis, structure and function, whereas metagemomics, on the other hand, extends our understanding of organisms by linking their presences to ecosystem.
We would like to invite researchers across multiple disciplines, including mammalian biology, human diseases, microbial metagenomics and pangenomics, biocomputing, and bioinformatics, to join us. This year we honorably present Dr. Vladimir Bajic from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Dr. Yi Xing from University of California, Los Angeles as the keynote speakers in the symposium.
As the chair of the 2014 NGS Symposium Organizing Committee, I am honored to invite you to join us and looking forward to your attendance at the NGS Symposium 2014 in Hefei!
Jun Yu, Ph.D.
Chair of 2014 NGS Symposium
Professor of Beijing Institute of Genomics, CAS