4th Bioconductor Asia Meeting


Venue: University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Date: Friday 30th November 2018


The Bioconductor project has undergone significant growth over the past 17 years, with over 1,500 packages for high-throughput genomic analysis included in the latest release. Many popular software tools from the project are developed by researchers from the Asia-Pacific region. 

To enhance collaboration and provide an avenue for networking, the 4th Bioconductor Asia meeting will be held following the ABACBS 2018 conference (http://www.abacbs.org/conference2018/about). This one-day event aims to bring together researchers with an interest in the Bioconductor project to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and future plans for software development. We welcome attendance from both users and package developers (current and prospective). The meeting will consist of a number of longer talks selected from abstracts, short ‘lightning’ presentations and software demonstrations to maximize the opportunities for participants to highlight their work and share expertise. This meeting will include a special forum on tools for single cell data analysis and a panel discussion exploring emerging challenges in this area.

International speakers


Prof Martin Morgan

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York


Assistant Professor Stephanie Hicks

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Opportunities to present your work

A number of slots for longer talks, software demonstrations and lightning talks are available. If you’d like to present your work, please select the relevant option in the online submission system. Email your presentation title and an abstract of up to 300 words to gustin.s@wehi.edu.auby Friday 28th September 2018 to be considered.

Bioconductor Asia travel scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for students and Bioconductor package developers to help with the cost of travel to attend the meeting ($500 AUD per award). To apply, please select the relevant box in the online registration system and prepare a brief statement (200 words or less) describing your interest in the meeting. If you are a package developer or maintainer please tell us the package(s) you work on. Please send applications to gustin.s@wehi.edu.auand include SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line by Friday 28th September 2018 to be considered.

Tentative schedule

9:00am-10:00am: Project Updates (Martin Morgan)                     

10:00am-10:30am: Lightning Talks (6 x 5min talks)

10:30am-11:00am: Morning Tea (provided)

11:00am-12:30pm: Research Talks / Software Demos – Session I (3 x 20min + 1 x 30min talks)

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch break (participants to make their own arrangements)        

1:30pm-2:20pm: Keynote Presentation (Stephanie Hicks)

2:20pm-3:40pm Research Talks / Software Demos – Single Cell Data Analysis (4 x 20min talks)

3:40pm-4:10pm: Afternoon Tea (provided)

4:10pm-4:40pm: Panel Discussion: Grand challenges in Single Cell Data Analysis

4:40pm-5:00pm: Closing Remarks


Dr Matt Ritchie, Molecular Medicine Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Charity Law, Molecular Medicine Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia

Mr Stephen Pederson, Bioinformatics Centre, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia