Bioinformatics Workshop – From data deluge to delivering better crops

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July 9th, 2013 9:00 AM   through   5:30 PM
Sophi Taylor building, Park Farm
Villa Road
Cambridge, CAM CB24 9NZ
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223 342215
Lunch £ 15.00

Meet experts at the cutting edge. Become empowered to create bespoke software tools. Learn to innovate and discover profitable applications from plant sequence data to genes to crop traits to products.

July 9th, 2013 9:00 AM

Meet experts at the cutting edge. Become empowered to create bespoke software tools. Learn to innovate and discover profitable applications from plant sequence data to genes to crop traits to products.

Showcasing Eagle Genomics Limited, a registered SME on the NIAB Innovation Farm Business Assistance Programme.

Eagle GenomicsEagle is an innovative young company established in 2008 to provide bioinformatics services and consultancy for genetics and genomic research. They develop tools and strategies to help businesses and researchers to translate complex sequencing datasets into effective and profitable commercial ventures. For more information on Eagle please visit their web page at:

About the workshop

A one-day event especially targeted at the bio-based industries and researchers in the plant and food sciences sectors. The key objective is to understand the desired applications and existing barriers for managing, mining and utilising sequence data sets and in particular, from next-generation sequencing (NGS). An improved understanding of the challenges facing these industries will inform bioInformatics service providers on how best to adapt and/or develop new tools to facilitate the profitable exploitation of sequencing information from plants. The workshop sets out to prepare a framework to achieve the goal whilst also capitalising on publicly available resources.

Target Audience

The target audience is industry (plant breeders and processors), academia (plant scientists, biomedical researchers and computational systems biologists), public sector research institutes (plant science/agriculture – e.g. Rothamsted/ John Innes Centre/ John Hutton Institute) and policy/funding sector (BBSRC/TSB).


The event provides networking opportunities for delegates to make new business and research contacts. Eligible small to medium size business clients will have the chance to sign up and take advantage of the free NIAB Innovation Farm SME business assistance programme. Eagle Genomics staff will be on hand to engage with clients requiring bespoke one-to-one bioinformatics consultation services.




08.30     Arrival/Registration & coffee

09:00    Welcome and introduction to NIAB Innovation Farm
09:05    Introduction to Eagle with customer case studies
09.15    Case study 1: Martin Trick, John Innes Centre
09.45    Case Study 2: Will Spooner, Eagle

10.15    Coffee break

Existing Challenges – Expert Perspective
10.30    Mark-Christoph Ott, Bayer CropScience
11.00    Chris Rawlings, Rothamsted Research
11.30    Mario Caccamo, The Genome Analysis Centre
11.50    Tim Swaller, Ceres Inc.

Future challenges
12.15    Funding landscape - Jonathan Mitchener, Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
12.30    Funding landscape - BBSRC Speaker tba
12.45    Data storage/safeguarding and retrieval - Matthew Addis, Arkivum

13.00    Lunch/networking

14:00    Tour of NIAB IF Facilities

15.00     Sandpit: Identifying Priorities, Nick Skinner, Poppyfish People Development Ltd

Nick will lead a facilitated and interactive session to review thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the plant bioinformatics community, as influenced by the morning's speakers.  The session will explore how the community might look to form a concensus on the important actions and priorities that have arisen during the day.  This session allows all delegates to bring their own perspectives and expertise to a structured discussion and gives everybody a voice in helping to shape future priorities and actions.

16.00    Wrap up/next steps, Nick Skinner leading, with speakers on panel

16.15     Tea and end of main event

16.30     Delegate one-to-one sessions with NIAB Innovation Farm, Eagle Genomics Teams and others as possible.

17.30    Event closes