Long reads applied to plant genome assembling

Date 20 - 21 June 2018
Speaker(s) Sergey Koren, Robert Waterhouse, Emanuel Schmid, Damien Lieberherr, Philippe Reymond
Fees *academic: 120 CHF   -   for-profit: 0 CHF
Cancellation deadline 13 Jun 2018
City Lausanne
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.

This course is co-organised by the CUSO/StarOmics doctoral program. Priority is given to its members, but is open to everyone.


The aim of this course is to familiarise the participants with long read (also called “third generation”) sequencing technologies, their applications and the bioinformatics tools used to assemble this kind of data. Multiple sequencing platforms, including Pacific Biosciences and Oxford Nanopore MinION, are now available to generate reads that are several kilobases-long. This will be demonstrated on a non-model organism such as oak genome that has been studied at the University of Lausanne (www.napoleome.ch). Participants will assemble a plant genome during hands-on sessions, which will serve as an exemplar how to tackle genome assembly and all the assessment that are necessary in today's research.

This course will be composed of an introduction to the techniques and data analysis methods, a minisymposium and a hands-on session. The minisymposium will consist of short presentations by researchers on the applications of these technologies and algorithm behind fast and accurate assembly. The mini symposium will host a scientist from the NHGRI (Sergey Koren), Emmanuel Schmid (Vital-IT/SIB), Robert Waterhouse (DEE/UNIL/SIB), Damien Lieberherr (Swss-Prot/SIB). The speakers will cover topics from genome assembly to evaluation of annotation and gene correction.


This course is addressed in priority to PhD students and postodcs.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to have learned what is the current state of the art technology and approaches and caveat in genome assembly assessment.



You are required to bring your own laptop. We will work on the Vital-IT cluster and we will provide a temporary account for participants who are not users of this cluster.


Registration is open, please click this link.

No registration fees for members of staromics, otherwise they are 120 CHF for academics and non-profit organizations. This includes course content material and coffee breaks. Participants from for-profit institutions should contact us before application.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set is set to [13/06/2018]. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and Time

University of Lausanne, Génopode building, classroom 2020 (Metro M1 line, Sorge station).

The course will start at 8:30 and end around 17:00.


1st day: assembly of long reads

08.30 - 08.45 Welcoming

08.45 - 09.15 Philippe Reymond: Assembly of the Oak genome and assessment of somatic mutations

09.15 - 09.45 Emanuel Schmid: overview on single molecule sequencing and assembly of long reads

09.45 - 10.00 Coffee break

10.00 - 10.30 Sergey Koren: presentation of the assembler Canu and latest developments

10.30 - 11.30 demo of Sergey Koren, assembly of E. coli

11.30 - 12.30 lunch break

12.30 - 15.00 hands-on: assembling in small groups a plant contig

15.00 - 15.15 coffee break

15.15 - 17.00 hands-on: continuing genome assembly

2nd day: evaluation of genome assemblies

08.30 - 08.45 Welcoming

08.45 - 09.15 Robert Waterhouse: BUSCO- assessing genome assembly and annotation completeness

09.15 - 09.45 Damien Liebherr: SwissProt and the curation of (plant) proteins

09.45 - 010.00 Coffee break

10.00 - 10.30 Emanuel Schmid: comparison and evaluation of genome assemblies

10.30 - 12.00 hands-on: comparison of assembled genomes (& to reference)

12.00 - 13.00 lunch break

13.00 - 15.00 hands-on: comparison of assembled genomes

15.00 - 15.15 coffee break

15.15 - 17.00 hands-on: gene prediction

Additional information

Coordination: Corinne Dentan (CUSO/Staromics), Grégoire Rossier (SIB)

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