Collections-based research in the genomic era

Date: -
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London,
Burlington House, Piccadilly,
London,
W1J 0BF,
United Kingdom

Collections-based research in the genomic era

Wednesday 2nd - Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF
This meeting is jointly organised with the Centre for Ecology and Evolution and is sponsored by Biomed Central

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BMC Evolutionary

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hyphaene Compressa

Collections-based research, traditionally conducted in Natural History Museums, Botanical Gardens and Zoos, has constantly re-invented itself in response to changing methods and technologies. Biological collections, such as museum or herbarium specimens, living organisms and DNA samples, are at the front line of biodiversity research, informing taxonomy, evolution, conservation and sustainable livelihoods. As the genomic era dawns, generating DNA data at an unprecedented scale, collections-based researchers and collections managers must adapt and respond to the new opportunities that these technologies present. This challenge will be the focus of a discussion meeting at the Linnean Society of London on 2–3 April 2014.

The emergence of next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods has dramatically changed the face of biology, generating massive amounts of sequence data rapidly and at reduced costs. This leap forward in sequencing methods has been made possible by a combination of nanotechnology, advanced imaging methods and high-powered computing. NGS is having a similar impact on collections-based research to the molecular systematic revolution of the 1990s. It is therefore vital that researchers working with collections to develop a full understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of this technology, and learn to exploit it to the full.
This two-day meeting will bring together genomics experts, collections-based researchers and curators to explore NGS methods. Sessions will range from practical aspects such as laboratory methods and bioinformatics, through to applications in phylogenetics, museomics, conservation and environmental change biology. We anticipate lively discussion and many opportunities to build new collaborations and networks.
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Full Registration: £50
Student Registration: £30

(This fee includes lunch, evening reception and refreshments throughout the 2 days.)

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Image above: © Hyphaene compressa, C Godfray, Kenya

Meeting organisers: Sven Buerki and Bill Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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