Course “Bacillus thuringiensis genome sequencing: from DNA extraction to annotation through NGS technology”

4 – 13 November, Sfax, Tunisia

Organiser: Slim Tounsi (Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia)
Co-organisers: Raida Zribi Zghal (Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia)

Contact: [email protected]

Deadline for receipt of applications by local organisers: 1 June 2018
For information please contact the local organisers

The ICGEB aims at strengthening the research capability of its Members through a comprehensive training programme and approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The active participation of ICGEB Member States nationals in the ICGEB Meetings and Courses is therefore highly encouraged. For more information on the terms of participation and funding opportunities for this event please access the meeting website or contact the local organisers directly.

This workshop aims to reinforce international collaboration and to share the knowledge in NGS technology and Bacteria genome data analyses. Participants will obtain the dexterity to manipulate large data sets in a Unix environment and a basic understanding of scripting and programming skills. The aim of this course is to introduce Next-Generation Sequencing (including technique, algorithms, methods, sequence mapping tools, data analyses) and Design of NGS experiments and workflow of Bacillus thuringiensis genome sequencing, assembly and annotation.
This course allows researchers to study a variety of areas from gene expression and protein-DNA interactions to bacterial community function and evolution, at the scale of whole bacterial genomes. The program is designed to provide a solid theory class followed by practical sessions on each topic and “hands-on” data analysis. All participants will receive a manual containing all used protocols.


Bacillus thuringiensis Next-Generation Sequencing including technique, algorithms, methods, sequence mapping tools, data analyses: assembly, annotaion. Comparisons of genomes pair-wise and multiple evolutionary interferences. Design of metagenomics experiments and workflow: Data preprocessing, Data organization and standards in metagenomics, assembly, ORF finding, Functional annotation. Tools for variant analysis of next generation genome.


Admittance to the Courses is limited to 20 participants. Selection of the participant will be based on their knowledge of the theory and their involvement in research project dealing with genome sequencing. Experience in bioinformatics and genomics, particularly involving high throughput data analyses, will be an asset.


A limited number of grants, covering accommodation (twin share) and local hospitality for the duration of the course are available to a selected number of participants who are nationals of ICGEB Member States currently residing outside of Tunisia. Non-ICGEB Member States nationals are expected to cover their own travel and living costs.


Submit your application on-line by 1 June 2018

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