The second meeting of the Heliconius Genome Consortium will be held on 25-26th March 2010 in St Johns College Cambridge.
Accommodation will be available from Weds 24th until Friday inclusive at no cost, thanks to support from St Johns College. The meeting will be held in the Old Music Room in St Johns College. For a map of college, see here.
Thursday 25th March
- Morning – Assembly of a reference genome. A brief description of the data collected so far and status of the current assembly. Discussion of priorities for obtaining an improved assembly of the reference genome.
- Comparative genomics goals. Review of the scientific goals outlined at the previous meeting for genome resequencing and comparative genomics. Discussion of resequencing data obtained so far (if any) and goals for remaining funds in the initial round of money.
- Afternoon – Annotation and databasing. Discussion of tools available for genome annotation and databasing. Assignment of tasks to different research groups.
- Publication plans. Discuss plans for publication of the genome, and in particular for how further data collection might be focused.
Friday 26th March
- Morning – Presentations and comments from non-HGC members. Attendees with experience in genomics of other organisms will be invited to briefly introduce their own interests and comment on the project.
- Afternoon – Future plans. Outline specific plans for grant proposals to take advantage of the preliminary data.
- Conference Dinner in the Wordsworth Room of St Johns College at 7 for 7:30pm (let me know of vegetarian/dietary requirements)
Homework: Please try to have a look at previous genome papers with a mind to what we want to achieve in ours. Here is a Zip file with some recent papers to look at.
Attendees (with accommodation)
Mark Blaxter (not friday)
Paul Wilkinson (veg)
Attendees (no accommodation)
A couple of people have asked me about travel to Cambridge from the US, so I thought I’d send out a general email rather than replying individually. The closest airport is London Stansted but unfortunately not many transatlantic flights go into there. So you are most likely to be looking at a flight to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick. Both of these are a couple of hours travel from Cambridge, either by bus or train. I tend to prefer the bus from Heathrow (this avoids using the London Underground, which can be hectic at busy times), and the train from Gatwick (you should get a ThamesLink train to Kings Cross St Pancras, from where you can change to the train for Cambridge – avoid the Gatwick Express which goes to Victoria station).
See also the University web pages about travel