Ladies, gentlemen and everyone else (this is a judgment-free zone), it's officially summertime in the norther hemisphere. Depending on who and where you are, this can mean no more classes, no more exams, and more quality time with your loved ones -- or extra expense getting someone to keep your offspring out of your way (hello summer camp). It is that hallowed time of year when academics put down the burdens of teaching and administrative duties and can finally get some science done. For many, it also means conference season, e.g. meeting up in Spain with a bunch of colleagues to argue about obscure methodological details over many a glass of tinto de verano. It's a hard, hard life.

A group of us just got back from sunny Belgium* where we held a GATK workshop at the invitation of the Royal Institute for Natural Sciences in Brussels. Now we're looking ahead to the next big dates on the horizon, and I thought I'd share them here in case some of you can join us. Or in case you would like to invite us over to give talks or workshops... (seriously, private-message me if you're interested in hosting a GATK workshop).

* This is not irony, it was really beautiful the whole time. Until the two non-Belgians left, and then boom! Downpour for three days. Typical.

As you can see below, our dance card is all clear for the summer itself but starting September it gets pretty busy.

- Genome Science 2014 -- Oxford, UK, September 1-3

I will be attending the Genome Science meeting in Oxford, UK, and giving a talk in the Bioinformatics Infrastructure session.

- CppCon -- Bellevue, WA, US, September 7-12

Mauricio Carneiro and David Roazen will be attending this C++ development conference, and Mauricio will be presenting a talk titled "Gamgee: A C++14 library for genomics data processing and analysis". What this means for GATK-based development, well... happy speculating :)

- GATK Best Practices workshop -- Phildadelphia, PA, US, late September

The Center for Genetics and Complex Traits (CGACT) and the Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine are hosting our workshop. The workshop crew will consist of Eric Banks, Sheila Chandran and myself. See this announcement for more details.

- ASHG 2014 -- San Diego, US, October 18-22

Ami Levy-Moonshine will be attending the ASHG meeting in San Diego, California, and giving a compressed version of our Best Practices workshop on Tuesday 10/21 (separate registration required). Ami will also represent us in the iSeqTools workshop on cloud-based analysis on Monday10/20.

- GATK Best Practices workshop -- Cambridge, MA, US, late October/ early November

Due to scheduling constraints, we were unable to make this workshop happen, but we have tentative dates for March 2015 (3/19-3/20).

This list will be updated with any new events up to December 2014.

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Hi, When can we expect an update on the dates for the workshops that are still TBA (Philadelphia & Boston). This would be nice to know for planning, ordering plane tickets etc. Thank you for taking the time to host these workshops.

Wed 2 Jul 2014


I just posted the details for the Philly workshop here: No definite dates yet for Boston, sorry. We're looking at November/December, possibly. We'll update this as soon as we can.

Wed 2 Jul 2014


As updated in the text above, the Boston/Cambridge workshop has been pushed to March 2015 (3/19-3/20).

Wed 2 Jul 2014


Hi Geraldine, Is the Boston/Cambridge workshop open to outside attendees? Thanks, Sushma

Wed 2 Jul 2014


Hi @snag, Yes, the lecture part at least is open to outside attendees. For the hands-on part we usually give priority to Broadies, and typically there is no room left for others. We'll post an announcement when we have registration details ready.

Wed 2 Jul 2014


Any news on the workshop listed here tentatively for March 19-20 in Cambridge, MA?

Wed 2 Jul 2014


Yes, it's on! Registration opens on Monday. We'll have a link posted here when the registration page is made available.

Wed 2 Jul 2014

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