[BiO BB] Metagenomics, Metadata & Metaanalysis: One Week Left to Submit

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 18:35:23 EDT 2009

An ISMB 2009 Special Interest Group (SIG)
Date: June 27, 2009
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
URL: http://gensc.org/gc_wiki/index.php/M3

Talk Aabstract due: April 1, 2009. No foolin'.

There are now thousands of genomes and metagenomes available for study.
Interest in improved sampling of diverse environments (e.g. ocean,
soil, sediment, and a range of hosts) combined with advances in the
development and application of ultra-high throughput sequence
methodologies are set to vastly accelerate the pace at which new
metagenomes are generated.

At the same time, we have entered the era of large-scale sequencing
projects, which include funded projects like the Genomic Encyclopedia
of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA) project and the Human Microbiome
Initiative, with many more visionary projects on the horizon.

The M3 SIG will explore the latest concepts, algorithms, tools,
informatic pipelines, databases and standards that are being developed
to cope with the analysis of vast quantities of metagenomic data.
Through a series of invited and contributed talks, a panel discussion,
and flash talks associated with a poster session, we aim to highlight
scientific advances in the field and identify core computational
challenges facing the wider community.

We invite you to submit extended abstracts to be considered as talks or
posters for the M3 SIG. The abstracts will be reviewed by the SIG
program committee for suitability and quality. Selected abstracts will
be published in a special issue of the open access online journal
Standards in Genomic Sciences http://standardsingenomics.org/

Topics include, but are not limited to:
Metagenome and microbiome studies of biological interest
Metagenome annotation 
Consistent contextual (meta)data acquisition and storage in metagenomics
Contextual (meta)data and sequence data correlation studies
Computational infrastructures for metagenomic data processing
Algorithms, data structures and database architectures
Important dates:
April 1, 2009: Talk and poster abstracts due.
April 20, 2009: notification of acceptance
May 1, 2009: final abstracts due
June 27th, 2009: M3 SIG alongside ISMB 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden

Confirmed speakers include:
Owen White, Genome Sciences, UMB
Nikos Krypides  Joint Genome Institute
Michael Ashburner, University of Cambridge
Susanna Sansone, EBI
Peer Bork,  EMBL 

For more information including submission: 

Iddo Friedberg, Ph.D.
CALIT2 Atkinson Hall MC #0446
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0446 USA
+1 (858) 534-0570

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