The Norway Spruce Genome Project (Sweden)
The White Spruce SMarTForests Project (Canada)
The Loblolly Pine PineRefSeq Project (USA)
The 2013 Conifer Genome Sequencing Summit
June 14 - 17 2013 in Björkliden, Lapland, Sweden
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Several conifer genome sequencing projects are underway or have recently been initiated. With the major advances in sequencing technologies it is likely that many more conifer genomes will be sequenced in the next years. However, enormous challenges remain with the assembly, annotation, and utilization of these large genome sequences.
The 2013 Conifer Genome Sequencing Summit will facilitate up-dates on the most advanced approaches in conifer genome sequencing, assembly, and annotation. An expected outcome of the Summit is coordination of resource and database development for the community to mine the wealth of information from conifer genomes.
The program of the meeting will include overview scientific presentations from the different projects, as well as focused presentations on different aspects of conifer genome biology, and ample time for discussions. The number of participants will be limited (ca. 50 person) with priority being given to those involved with ongoing or newly initiated conifer genome projects and those who can utilize the results of these projects.
The venue of the Summit will be Björkliden (summer.bjorkliden.com) in northern Sweden. Located well above the arctic circle, the mid-June date offers the experience of midnight sun, and falls (somewhat symbolically, given the subject)) into the transition between spring and summer. Skiing in the midnight sun may be possible (if the season is late), alternatively excursions into the early-summer explosion of vegetation and wildlife (if the season is early), or both. The weather this time of the year is somewhat unpredictable, it could be nice and sunny but rain – and even snow – is also possible.
Register below and apply for the meeting. We would like to keep the number of participants around 50 to make sure that the meeting stays informal and productive. In case the interest of the meeting will be very high, the organizing committee will reserve the right to select among applicants, based on their involvement in projects with relevance for the subject of the meeting. You could submit a "mini-abstract" describing in a few sentences how you could contribute to the meeting. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive a mail and could then go on and book accommodation.
Registration is closed