Workshop on "Future demands and challenges in ICT and bioinformatics tools for NGS": part 1

Workshop goal: to identify and define the needs and major challenges for NGS in ICT and bioinformatics.

Workshop organisers: Luca Pireddu (IT), Babette Regierer (DE), Martijn Moné (NL), Andreas Gisel (IT), Erik Bongcam-Rudloff (SE)

Local organisers: Luca Pireddu, Katia Brigaglia, Cinzia Sardu, Emanuela Falqui.

Contacts: you can reach the local organisers via e-mail at

Thanks for participating!



Sequencing has had a major breakthrough recently as representative companies in this field launched new technologies that allow the sequencing of a genome for around € 1000. This breakthrough in nucleotide analysis opens the doors to the development of completely new applications in all areas of the life sciences. This technological advance could be particularly disruptive in the medical sciences, where we expect that sequencing will soon becomes a routine diagnostic tool. In the near future, the data generated by work in the life sciences will grow by orders of magnitude compared to what is generated today. Therefore, while the existing ICT infrastructure and tools are sufficient today, they will not be adequate tomorrow.

In this workshop series, we will discuss and define the requirements and challenges related to ICT and bioinformatics tools that will need to be satisfied and addressed in the next 10 years to cope with the avalanche of data that will be produced. The result of these workshops will be a catalogue of the needs and challenges in ICT and bioinformatics that have been defined by the respective experts in sequencing technology, informatics, ICT, and user communities.

Date and Location

The workshop will be held on June 6th, 2013, at CRS4, Pula (CA), Italy.


Wednesday, June 5th

Thursday, June 6th

09:30-10:00 Welcome and introductory round - Luca Pireddu (CRS4) and Andreas Gisel (ITB/SeqAhead)
10:00-10:45 Presentations - Session 1
“An infrastructure for European (systems) biology – ISBE” - Martijn Moné (VUA) – slides
“IT Future of Medicine – ICT challenges for a virtual patient” - Babette Regierer (LG/SeqAhead), Daniel Jameson (UNIMAN) – slides
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Presentations – Session 2
“Dealing with NGS data the CNAG experience” - Simon Heath (CNAG) – slides
“Data-intensive computing in NGS” - Luca Pireddu (CRS4) – slides
“BiBBox – Biobanking in a box” - Heimo Müller (MUG) – slides
12:00-12:30 Discussion and formation of working groups for afternoon
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:00 Breakout sessions
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-17:00 Presentations of the results
17:00-17:30 Discussion/harmonization
17:30-18:00 Structure/contents of the roadmap paper
18:00 Closing
Suggested topics for the breakout sessions
  1. Data processing (from data generation – via bioinformatics – to processed data)
    • Moderator and Rapporteur: Luca Pireddu/Andreas Gisel
  2. Data integration (from processed data – via modeling – to answers)
    • Moderator and Rapporteur: Martijn Moné/Babette Regierer

You can download the complete program from this link: ws_ict_challenges_program.pdf.

Getting here

See the travel page.


Event dinner

For registered participants, we will have an event dinner in Pula on the evening of June 5th, together with the participants in the SeqAhead Hackathon.

COST reimbursement

For those who qualify and attend the workshop, COST will reimburse you for some of your expenses. The invitation you receive should contain a link to a memo that explains everything in detail. In short, you should be covered for:

  • 2 nights x €120 for accommodations and breakfast
  • 2 meals x €20 (plus you will be invited to the event dinner)
  • flights
  • local transport, with some limitations

If you're attending both SeqAhead Sardinia events, hackathon and workshop, you can have a maximum of 4 nights reimbursed (not 3 + 2) and you can only claim your travel expenses once.

These figures are provided only for informational purposes only. Please verify the figures by checking the COST system or contacting the chair of the COST Action BM1006, which funds this event.


Last modified: 2013/06/13 19:15 by Luca Pireddu
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