NeSI and Genomics Aotearoa announce new bioinformatics and genomics training events

Between September and December 2021, NeSI and Genomics Aotearoa are co-hosting or helping deliver a range of immersive skill-building events for New Zealand's bioinformatics and genomics communities.

By sharing expertise and building capability in New Zealand’s research communities and institutions, these events aim to improve researchers’ ability to adopt eResearch techniques that today’s complex questions require.

Follow the links below to register or for more information. If you have any questions, email



RNA-seq Workshop

08 September 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This specialist workshop, hosted by Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI, is for researchers interested in gene expression analysis. This is a hands on workshop covering the RNA-seq pipeline from Fastq QC to Differential Expression and Enrichment analysis.


To get the most out of this workshop, it is encouraged that attendees know the basics of genetics and genomics and have familiarity with bash and R.


To attend, you must register in advance. Instructions for connecting to the online session will be emailed to all registrants. 

Click here to register.



​Genomics Data Carpentry

21-22 September 2021

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI will be running this beginners workshop focusing on a DNA variant calling workflow.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Project organization and management
    Learn how to structure your metadata, organize and document your genomics data and bioinformatics workflow, and access data on the NCBI sequence read archive (SRA) database.
  • Introduction to the command line
    Learn to navigate your file system, create, copy, move, and remove files and directories, and automate repetitive tasks using scripts and wildcards.
  • Data wrangling and processing
    Use command-line tools to perform quality control, align reads to a reference genome, and identify and visualize between-sample variation.
  • Introduction to cloud computing for genomics
    Learn how to work with HPCs and and how to transfer data between your local computer and HPCs/cloud resources.


To attend, you must register in advance. Instructions for connecting to the online session will be emailed to all registrants. 

Click here to register.



Metagenomics Summer School (POSTPONED)

Auckland, In person
15-18 November 2021 

This is a four-day course that covers the whole metagenomics data analysis pipeline through hands on bioinformatics analysis, discussions, group assignments and talks.

This session has been postponed.
We will advertise the new dates and registration details once confirmed.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00 pm Friday 17 September 2021.



Otago Bioinformatics Spring School

Dunedin, In person
22-26 November 2021

Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI are proud supporters of the Bioinformatics Spring School 2021 being organised by Otago Carpentries. This is an intensive one week, in-person course tackling the basics of bash and R, high performance computers and genomics analysis (DNA Variant calling, Genotyping-by-Sequencing, RNA-seq and eDNA).

For more information and a link to register your expression of interest please visit the event website.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00 pm on 1 September 2021.




Eukaryotic Genome Assembly and Annotation Workshop

Auckland, In person
1-3 December 2021  

 This three-day workshop, supported by Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI, will cover contemporary approaches to assembling, annotating, and evaluating eukaryotic genomes from long read (Oxford Nanopore) sequencing datasets. Sessions will include hands-on bioinformatics exercises, demonstrations, and discussions.  In the course of the workshop, participants will (1) test several assembly algorithms, polishing tools and parameter sets, (2) annotate the repeats, genes and other functional content, (3) explore approaches for evaluating these assemblies, and (4) delve deeper into the comparative genomics and biological content of the assembly.  


Participants are expected to have prior experience of working at the command line. Priority will be given to those who can demonstrate relevance of the material covered to their own projects.  

Click here to submit an expression of interest.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00 pm on Friday 17 September 2021.