In the fast-moving field of quantitative genetics, some of the most exciting and cutting edge work and ideas come from graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Quantitative Genetics and Genomics is a unique forum for graduate students and post-docs from human, animal and plant genetics to present their current work, exchange ideas, share insights, and establish new collaborations. There will be opportunities to meet and interact with senior scientists during the seminar. A mentoring session will be organized on the second day, where small groups composed of attendees and mentors will discuss topics related to careers in quantitative genetics.
The focus of this year's meeting is the opportunities and challenges in working with big data. Big data encompasses and is not limited to: large sample sizes; multiple phenotypes, tissue types or molecular layers; diverse genetic backgrounds; rich environmental or context information; novel data-types generated through both high throughput and targeted experiments. We will discuss the insights we gain into genetics of complex traits using diverse datasets, the challenges we need to overcome, and the opportunities for future research. Statistical, computational, and experimental methods will be presented.
The mentorship component will consist of informal interactions during lunch where participants are split into groups to discuss a topic of their choice with senior scientists, followed by a panel discussion session where mentors summarize the discussions at lunch and take further questions from the participants. The mentors are distinguished senior scientists who are invited for this session and who will also interact with participants throughout the GRS. They will cover the following topics relevant to career progression of early career researchers at the mentoring session:
- Tuuli Lappalainen: Identifying directions of research in a fast expanding field
- Ruth Wagner (Monsanto): Research opportunities in industry
- Guilherme Rosa: Gaining and managing independence in research
- Bruce Walsh: Method development in quantitative genetics
- Naomi Wray: Navigating collaborations
- Ed Buckler: Soft skills in research - writing, presenting and networking
- Anne Stapleton: Interdisciplinary work - how to ace challenges and gain new skills
- Bogdan Pasaniuc: Making the postdoctoral position work for you
All participants are expected to submit abstracts for posters, 10 of the submissions will be chosen for oral presentations at the GRS, and 2 outstanding ones will be chosen for oral presentation at the affiliated GRC. Please note that only applications submitted with full applicant information and a completed abstract will be accepted. We encourage all who intend to apply to the GRS to also apply to the GRC, details of which can be found through the link on the right panel.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 9, 2018. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.