2018 BGRI Workshop

The BGRI is pleased to offer the following optional training sessions.  All sessions start on Friday April 13 and end at 3pm on Saturday April 14 (except Beyond the Powerpoint which is only April 13)

Space for each session is limited and you can only register for one session.

Please note that you will not be officially registered for a training session until you receive confirmation from the session instructor.



Beyond the Powerpoint: How to Share Your Research through Multimedia (April 13 only)

Communicating outside academia is critical to gaining public trust and donor support for science, and scientists have a number of tools they can use beyond posters and academic presentations. In this workshop, we cover other ways to share your research with a non-academic audiences through different mediums: videos, photos, blogs, and social media.

Participants will learn to hone and pitch their story in front of the camera, communicate stories verbally and visually, and basic social media strategy to increase visibility/output. This workshop session is primarily intended for early- or mid-career scientists or anyone with a strong interest in communicating outside a formal academic context. Participants are highly encouraged to bring any existing samples of their own multimedia work for review and suggestions from the media team.

Instructors: BGRI Media and Communications Team


Pathogenomics (April 13-14)

Recent advances in next-generation sequencing technologies have provided new opportunities to integrate high-resolution genotype data into pathogen population studies. In this workshop, we will cover some of the bioinformatics analysis incorporated into the newly developed “Field Pathogenomics” technique. This approach utilizes next-generation sequence data to accelerate pathogen diagnostics, whilst providing detailed genotypic sub-structure of pathogen populations at an unprecedented resolution. Using next-generation sequence data generated from a selection of wheat yellow rust isolates, participants will determine how related they are to each other.

To this aim, you  will work stepwise through a series of exercises that will include (1) QC analysis of next-generation sequence data, (2) sequence alignments, (3) SNP calling, and (4) phylogenetic analysis. At the completion of the workshop participants will be familiar with next-generation sequence data and its potential for performing high-resolution population analyses.

Instructors: Diane Saunders, Project Leader Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK


Professional skills workshop in scientific communication (April 13-14)

Would you like to improve your scientific presentation skills? Are you wondering how to make your CV stand out from the crowd? Would you like practical experience in a job interview? Have you thought about improving your online image? This workshop will explore all of the above, and more, in a series of lectures and practical hands-on exercises.

Instructors: Brande Wulff, Project Leader, Crop Genetics Department, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK and Cristobal Uauy, Project Leader, Crop Genetics Department, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK


Statistics and Biometrics in Plant Breeding(April 13-14)

This two-day training will provide basic concepts on statistical methods. genetics, and quantitative genetics as applied in plant breeding. We will cover infinitesimal traits with normal distribution as important economic traits, and traits explained by a large number of loci with small effects and highly influenced by environments. Why do genetic mapping? Why genomic selection?

You will learn methods and models for describing genotype x environment interaction (GxE) in plant breeding: when to reduce it, ignore it, or exploit it. What are the bases of experimental designs in plant breeding and its consequences at different stages of the breeding process? Is the design influencing the precision of trials carried out in the field, green house or laboratory? You will be able to understand and run some R scripts and programs used in plant breeding concerning standard analyses on multi-environmental trials Enrollment is limited: you will be contacted with confirmation of registration.

Instructors: Jose Crossa, Biometrics and Statistics Unit, CIMMYT, Mexico and Paulino Perez-Rodriguez, Graduate College, Mexico


Wheat Breeding Technology Workshop (April 13-14)

The objectives of this workshop are to impart participants with the background knowledge and practical skills required to implement marker discovery, marker-assisted selection, genomic selection, high-throughput phenotyping and speed breeding in an applied breeding program, and enable participants to think critically and collaboratively to develop improved breeding strategies that take advantages of these technologies.

Participants will learn through lectures and interactive hands-on learning sessions lead by expert speakers. The final workshop session will consist of group discussions and brainstorming to generate innovative ideas about how to integrate diverse state-of-the-art breeding technologies to accelerate rates of genetic gain.

Instructors: Kai Voss-Fels, Prof Ben Hayes and Dr. Lee Hickey, University of Queensland


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