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Register: 3rd Annual Conference of Metagenomics and Metadesign of Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) International Consortium

We are excited to announce the MetaSUB International Consortium’s 3rd Annual Conference on urban metagenomics to be held in Stockholm, Sweden at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Stockholm University from July 18-20, 2017. The conference is co-hosted by Weill Cornell Medicine and the Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University.

Registration for the meeting is here: http://metasub.org/metasub-2017-conference-registration-form/

The conference will convene established research scientists and junior scientists to share an assortment of computational methods and tools to analyze the sequenced data from additional pilot studies and our first Global City Sampling Day dataset from 2016.

We will also be collaborating with the 16th Annual International Conference on Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis (CAMDA) on July 22-23, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. If you are interested in partaking in the MetaSUB CAMDA Challenge, please click here!

This year, we acknowledge support from the Stockholm City Council (SLL), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jeff Zhu and the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), the Irma T. Hirschl and Monique Weill-Caulier Charitable Trusts, the WorldQuant Foundation, the Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation, and support from the National Institutes of Health (F31GM111053 and R25EB020393).

Please see below for a preliminary agenda.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences

10:00-10:45     Arrival at the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences & Registration & Coffee

10:45-12:55     Plenary Session (5 minutes for Q&A after each speaker)

  • Rita Colwell, Former Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) (10:45 – 11:05)
  • Alexandra Graf, Assistant Professor, FH Campus Wien, Austria; PI for MetaSUB Vienna (11:05 – 11:35)
  • Ellen Jorgensen (Co-founder and Director of Genspace, USA, Bio-hacker lab) (11:35 – 11:55)
  • Lars Engstrand, Professor/Senior Physician, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (11:55 – 12:15)
  • Kyle Bibby, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh (12:15 – 12:35)
  • Stefan Bertilsson, Professor of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University (12:35-12:55)

12:55-13:20     Networking Reception

13:20-13:40     Updates from The Second Annual Global City Sampling Day (GCSD 2017)

  • Sofia Ahsanuddin (Executive Director of MetaSUB International Consortium) 

13:40-14:00     Sponsored Talk by Promega

14:00-14:20     Sponsored Talk by Zymo Research 

14:20-14:50      Coffee and Tea Break

14:50-16:00      Breakout Sessions

  • Library Methods in Metagenomics
  • Sampling methods for sampling air, subways, buses, sewage systems, beaches, and rivers
  • Strategies of NGS Sequencing of unique sample types
  • Novel approaches to library synthesis and sequencing
  • Alternative sequencing approach methods-Epigenetics and the Virome
  • Validation of Metagenomics and Sequencing Data

16:00-16:40      Reports from Breakout Groups (Moderated by Dr. Klas Udekwu and Sofia             Ahsanuddin) 

16:40-17:10      Sponsored Talk by QIAGEN

17:10-17:30      Address by Dr. Klas Udekwu and Dr. Christopher E. Mason (Distinguished Conference Hosts; PIs for MetaSUB Stockholm and MetaSUB New York City)

17:30                 Depart for Dinner

18:30-22:00       Shrimp Cruise Dinner

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences

8:00-8:30           Precision Interplanetary Metagenomics; Dr. Christopher Mason Associate Professor of Computational Biology at Weill Cornell Medicine; PI for MetaSUB New York City 

8:30-9:00           Keynote Address by Dr. Jane Carlton, Professor, Director, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University, USA

9:00-10:00         Thematic Session I (panel discussion): Metagenomics and Health Surveillance

10:00-10:25        Coffee and Tea Break

10:25-11:25        City Updates from MetaSUB Hub Laboratories (5-minute lightening round session of international MetaSUB PIs discussing their insights, analyses, computational methods) 

11:25-12:25        Thematic Session II (panel discussion): Advances in Bioinformatics and Data Visualization

  • David Danko, PhD Candidate in computational biology at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Pawel Labaj, Assistant Professor at Boku University, Vienna, Austria
  • Nicolas Rascovan, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Mediterranee Infection Institute – Aix Marseille University, Marseille, France
  • Hugues Richard, Assistant Professor in the Computational and Quantitative Biology Unit at University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Dimitar Vassilev, Associate Professor of Computer Informatics at University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sung Chul Hwang, Assistant Professor at Institute Pasteur South Korea, Seoul, South Korea
  • Eran Elhaik, Professor University of Sheffield, U.K

12:25-13:25        Lunch

13:20-14:00        CAMDA MetaSUB Challenge

  • Dr. Pawel Labaj, Assistant Professor at Boku University, Vienna, Austria

14:10-14:40        Coffee and Tea Break

14:40-18:00        Bioinformatics workshop: Data analyses of City Sampling Day 2016 dataset

18:00-12:00        Visit to the Vasa Museum and dinner

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Stockholm University; open to the public

8:00-9:00            Poster Session (highlighted posters below)

  • Xinzhao Tong,“Individual factors and conditionally rare taxa shape the skin mycobiome dynamics over seasons”
  • Aspa D. Chatziefthmiou, “Microbial community structure and inter-phyla interactions exhibit distinct patterns in desert marine mats”
  • Andre Kahles “Metagenome Representation with Scalable Reference Graphs”
  • Gaston Gonnet “The MetaSEW and MetaBEA Projects from Montevideo”
  • Eran Elhaik Investigating the Dynamics of Ancestral Inference from Public Surfaces”

9:00-9:20          Coffee and Tea Break

09:20-9:50        Keynote Address by Dr. Leming Shi (Professor of Personalized Genomics, Fudan University, China; PI for MetaSUB Shanghai)

9:50-10:50        Thematic Session III (panel discussion): Metagenomics and Microbial Diversity

  • Scott Tighe, Chair ABRF Metagenomics Group, Group Leader Extreme Microbiome Project, Vermont, USA
  • Daniela Bezdan, Research Director of Mason Lab for Integrative Genomics, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City, USA, New York City, USA
  • Aspa D. Chatziefthmiou, Research Scientist at Weill Cornell Medicine Doha and Founder of Richer Environments, Doha, Qatar
  • Bharath Prithiviraj, Research Associate, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York, Adjunct Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biology, Brooklyn College, CUNY

10:50-11:15      MetaGenScope Workshop and Tutorial, David Danko


11:15-11:30      Olympiome Updates, Thyago Leal, FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

11:30-12:30      Thematic Session IV (panel discussion): Air and Water Sampling

  • Patrick Lee, Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  • Marius Dybwad, Research Scientist at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment
  • Gaston Gonnet, Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich and Institut Pasteur Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay 

12:30-13:30       Lunch break

13:30-13:50       Sponsored Talk by Illumina (technology update)

13:50-14:45       Session V Viral Metagenomics – RNA Extraction and Processing

  • Emmanuel Dias-Neto, Assistant Professor of Genomics at AC Camargo Cancer Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Nicolas Rascovan, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Mediterranee Infection Institute – Aix Marseille University, Marseille, France

14:45-15:00                H2020 Grant Thematic Session

15:00                           Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Tentative only. Final sessions and themes will be determined based on abstract submission



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