GENE-SWitCH's brochure online
We are pleased to announce the first GENE-SWitCH brochure is now available on our website! The introductory brochure of the GENE-SWitCH project provides compact information on the project aim, structure, partners, expected outputs and impact.
First Annual Meeting will be held online
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, GENE-SWitCH project's first annual meeting will be done remotely on 8th and 9th July 2020. More information will be available soon!
GENE-SWitCH's 1st Newsletter is published!
We are delighted to announce that the first newsletter of the GENE-SWitCH project is now available!
This very first issue includes news and developments about the project, scientific articles and a closer look at the coordination team of the GENE-SWitCH project.
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FAANG Shared Workshop: "Foundation for the Future Agenda"
FAANG shared workshop was held at the Rosalind Franklin Pavilion, Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, UK on the 25th-27th February 2020.
The aim of the workshop was to establish coordination of plans for cross project (species) comparative analysis, standardised metadata, standardised FAANG analysis workflows/pipelines, planning for future shared dissemination, training and management meetings. An overview of GENE-SWitCH and the core annotation workplan ("GENE-SWitCH project overview, approach to bioinformatics and comparative analysis") was given by Sarah Djebali (INSERM, France).
This meeting was an excellent opportunity for cross project networking, with concrete actions such as the establishment of common working groups for bioinformatic pipelines validation and comparative genomics.
FAANG Europe Workshop
The 2nd FAANG-Europe COST Action Conference on Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) took place in Prague, Czech Republic between 11 – 13 February 2020.
Peter Harrison from EMBL-EBI gave a talk about “The FAANG Data Coordination Centre: New European perspectives for our continued global effort” at the conference, representing EMBL-EBI's Data Coordination Centre work on GENE-SWitCH, AQUA-FAANG and BovReg projects.
International Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXVIII
The International Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG XXVIII) took place in San Diago, CA, USA between 11-15 January 2020. It is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant and animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project.
GENE-SWitCH project coordinator Elisabetta Giuffra made a poster presentation (click image on the left) at the conference providing information about the aims, first achievements and perspectives of the GENE-SWitCH project.
At the conference, Peter Harrison (EMBL-EBI) presented "The FAANG Data Coordination Centre: New European Perspectives for Our Continued Global Effort", explaining the development of FAANG DCC and FAANG Data Portal. Mick Watson (Roslin Institute) also gave a presentation about "A Vision for Bioinformatics within the Global FAANG Project". Watson presented the development of bioinformatics pipelines across the entire set of FAANG projects, based on the principles of open science, open source code and reproducible workflows and environments. Both presentations are available by clicking on the images below.
GENE-SWitCH at ISAG 2019
The 37th International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) Conference was held in Lleida, Spain in July 2019. The Conference brought together outstanding scientists, policy makers, professionals and students from interdisciplinary animal genetics fields to share the latest developments, meet old friends and form new partnerships.
At the ISAG conference, Elisabetta Giuffra from INRA presented "Introduction to FAANG (Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes"-Goals and Opportunities". Giuffra mentioned about the Data Coordination Centre and FAANG Data Portal. She presented 3 projects of the FAANG consortium, BovReg, AQUA-FAANG and GENE-SWitCH. Her presentation covered the overall objective, concept and the consortium of GENE-SWitCH, which can be found here.
GENE-SWitCH project has started!
"The regulatory GENomE of SWine and CHicken: functional annotation during development - GENE-SWitCH" project's fruitful kick-off meeting took place on September 10-11, 2019 in beautiful Paris.
Director of the INRA Animal Genetic Division Edwige Quillet started the opening session of the meeting with the presentation of INRA. Jean-Charles Cavitte from the European Commission took the floor to present GENE-SWitCH and related EU funded research landscape. GENE-SWitCH project coordinator Elisabetta Giuffra talked about the overall project’s aims, concept, ambition, structure and highlighted the connections with the global FAANG initiative.
First day of the meeting continued with the presentations on the project's 3 pillars namely "Identification and characterization of functional genomic elements" (Pillar 1), "Implementing FAANG innovation for animal breeding" (Pillar 2) and "Standardization of data and processes, dissemination and outreach" (Pillar 3) and ended with the parallel session discussions on the work packages of the project.
Second day of the meeting started with the clustering activities session with the presentations of BovReg and AQUA-FAANG, followed by round table discussions. During the plenary session, work packages of the project were further discussed and the meeting concluded with action points to be completed for the upcoming months.
GENE-SWitCH project has started!
The Kick-off Meeting of GENE-SWitCH will take place on September 10-11, 2019 in Paris, France!
The GENE-SWitCH project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 817998. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.