On behalf of the Executive Committee and the 2017 Organising Committee, we extend to you a warm invitation to participate in the 17th annual conference of the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA), to be held in Tasmania at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, on October 29th to November 1st, 2017.
The AGTA conference is broadly focussed on all aspects of genomic technologies and their uses and attracts a diverse and well-engaged audience. AGTA returns to Tasmania for the second time after a very successful meeting in 2010 has since become an even more sought out conference location, with the addition of local attractions such as the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), which is also the location of the AGTA17 conference dinner.
AGTA17 will engage researchers, industry members and other stakeholders from a wide cross section of Australian and New Zealand research institutes, genomic service providers, clinical facilities and universities; eager to be exposed to new and evolving technologies, and to hear how those technologies are being applied to genomics research.
AGTA17 will showcase dynamic cross-discipline ‘omics research, and uniquely allow genomics and bioinformatics researchers, as well as industry, to interact over a wide range of topics. We have an exciting line-up of presenters and topics covering new approaches to genome assembly, microbial and single cell genomics, in silico prediction of functionality as well as dogs, devils and more.
The session organisers have invited scientists at the cutting edge of integrative ‘omics research to present keynote lectures at AGTA17. Some of the high-profile speakers who will be joining us in Hobart include:
- Elinor Karlsson, director of the Vertebrate Genomics group at the Broad Institute and leader the exciting ‘Darwin’s Dogs’ project
- Deanna Church, the senior director of application at 10xGenomics and genome assembly expert
- Pauline Ng from the Genome Institute of Singapore and creator of the SIFT algorithm for mutation prediction
- Kimberly Reynolds from the Green Center for Systems Biology at UT Southwestern leading research into the organization and evolution of cellular systems
The Hotel Grand Chancellor is located on the waterfront in Hobart, close to transport links, walking distance to the CBD, restaurants, the University of Tasmania and several Tasmanian institutes including the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Sciences and the CSIRO. It offers excellent conference and social facilities.
We look forward to welcoming you to our conference!
Dr Jac Charlesworth, University of Tasmania