Assessment of training methods in NGS data analysis

Monday, March 17, 2014
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Rua da Quinta Grade,6, OEIRAS, 2780, Portugal

Assessment of training methods in NGS data analysis

A brainstorming workshop organised under COST Action BM1006 (SeqAhead)
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal
March 17th and 18th 2014
Applications are open

Scope and Content:

The workshop aims at discussing training methods in NGS data Analysis, their measurable effectiveness and their adaptation to a diversity of research interests.
We expect to identify and compare training strategies and to be able to target them to specific audiences. We will also discuss the possibility of creating different training paths ("tracks"). Some of them will be divergent and it may be interesting to brainstorm about ways of concilating them. Finally, we will try to characterise different engaging mechanisms for audiences, considering their diversity in terms of scientific interests.

If the discussions alllow for it, the workshop participants will produce a set recommendations on how to conduct effective training in a reproducible way.
The exact themes that we will cover will depend on the accepted short talks that the participants bring us. The list of acceptable themes is an absolutely open. Just to make this point clear, let us say that we will welcome short talk proposals that make an attempt at answering questions like:

- Is learning to run NGS open source programs in Unix/Linux without command line skills possible?
- What is the level of knowledge in algorithmics that is required to use DNA sequence assemblers in NGS?
- How far can we go in training in NGS tool usage without intermediate level statistics (p Value, FDR, for example)?
- What can be done to correct the ubiquitous failure in performing experiment design?
- What is the core set of skills that anyone that handles NGS data has to have?
- Is there a set of NGS training themes that is suitable for distance or e-learning?
- What measures can be taken to protect training course content from getting rapidly outdated?.
- etc.


The adopted un-workshop format is the ideal setting for open, stimulating, brainstorming discussions.
It is as participant driven as it can be.>br> It consists of attributing short slots of time to speakers that are asked to explain a challenging idea, typically under 15 minutes.
Then, the floor is open for a two or three times longer period, where the subject is debated by the participants.
Occasionally, wrap-up sessions help to bring the discussions to possible convergence. Occasionally and specifically the end, the participants will run a self assessment of the event and the results will be recorded in a summary document.