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EI Innovate 2020: From Identification to Intervention

Developing solutions to global issues with EI’s advanced capabilities and expertise in genomics and bioinformatics - improving global food security, environmental management, conservation, health and disease targeting.

Start date:

17 November 2020

End date:

19 November 2020

Time:

09h30 - 15h30

Venue:

Virtual (Via Zoom and Meeting Mojo)

Enquiries:

training@earlham.ac.uk

Registration deadline:

15 November 2020

Cost:

£10

About the event.

About the event

Following last year’s success, we are hosting EI Innovate again this year to explore opportunities for collaboration and innovation with external organisations. Having worked with agri-food, biotech and med-tech sectors, we have a wealth of experience in collaborating with others on developing potential solutions to industrial and societal challenges.

Going virtual this year, EI Innovate will showcase EI’s expertise and capabilities across 3 select areas :

  1. Disease identification and monitoring – how genomics and bioinformatics are used for disease identification and monitoring, from COVID-19, to AMR to agricultural pathogens.
  2. Finding a needle in a haystack – Identifying specific targets in health and disease with long read RNA and single cell sequencing.
  3. Accelerating plant breeding with next generation genetics, genomics and epigenetics.

We will be sharing examples of existing collaborations and use it as a chance to explore new opportunities. There will also be a chance for participants to promote their work with lightning pitches, and participate in 1-to-1 meetings to network further. We anticipate this to be a great interactive experience, hope to see you all there.

EI Innovate Brochure

To find out more about EI expertise and what individual groups are working on you can now download the EI Innovate 2020 Brochure by clicking this link.

Who is this event for?

EI Innovate brings together a range of sectors to discuss current advances and challenges in their field; from academic researchers to businesses in agri-food, biotech and med-tech sectors, The event is relevant for organisations involved in:

  • Plant breeding and plant biotech
  • Development of public health diagnostics tools and techniques
  • Identification of therapeutic targets for human disease characterisation
  • Development of digital healthcare & diagnostics for precision medicine

It will also be of interest to:

  • Repositories of biological materials
  • Funders of life science innovation and adjacent technologies
  • Developers of instrumentation, tools, products and services

What will you get out of the event?

  • Find out about specific areas of EI’s expertise and technological platforms
  • Make new contacts and discuss potential ideas for collaboration
  • Discuss the latest advances and solutions within these fields
  • Learn about how to access EI’s capabilities from genomics pipelines, bioinformatics tools and high-performance computing to training courses.

Programme.

EI Innovate provides an opportunity to engage with cutting-edge technologies developed at EI. By showcasing existing projects and collaborations, this event will demonstrate how EI’s expertise and capabilities can be accessed through collaborative projects, training, or contract research for real life applications.  

Breakout sessions will enable discussion about specific challenges or opportunities within the respective fields. Along with networking appointments so that potential new collaborations can be explored.  

Event Themes:

  • Day One - Disease identification and monitoring – how genomics and bioinformatics are used for disease identification and monitoring, from COVID-19, to AMR to agricultural pathogens 
  • Day Two - Finding a needle in a haystack – Identifying specific targets in health and disease with long read RNA and single cell sequencing. 
  • Day Three  - Accelerating plant breeding with next generation genetics, genomics and epigenetics.  

For further information on the above themes, please click here

Day 1 - 17 November 2020

Time

Topic

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair - Prof Christiane Hertz-Fowler (Wellcome)

09:35 - 09:55

Talk 1: Dr Richard Leggett, Earlham Institute

09:55 - 10:15

Talk 2: Mark Hitchcock, UEA Health and Social Care Partners

10:15 - 10:40

Q&A and Panel Discussion

10:40 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Facilitated discussions in breakout rooms

12:30 - 13:30

Break

13:30 - 15:30

1:1 Meeting (with Meeting MoJo)

Day 2 - 18 November 2020

Time

Topic

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair - Dr Andrew Bassett (Sanger Institute)

09:35 - 09:55

Talk 1: Dr Iain Macaulay, Earlham Institute

09:55 - 10:15

Talk 2: Prof Elizabeth Tunbridge, University of Oxford

10:15 - 10:40

Q&A and Panel Discussion

10:40 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Facilitated discussions in breakout rooms

12:30 - 13:30

Break

13:30 - 15:30

1:1 Meeting (with Meeting MoJo)

Day 3 - 19 November 2020

Time

Topic

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome and introduction from the Chair - John Bloomer (JMB Consulting)

09:35 - 09:55

Talk 1: Prof. Anthony Hall, Earlham Institute

09:55 - 10:15

Talk 2: Dr Mark Davey, BASF

10:15 - 10:40

Q&A and Panel Discussion

10:40 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Facilitated discussions in breakout rooms

12:30 - 13:30

Break

13:30 - 15:30

1:1 Meeting (with Meeting MoJo)

Session Descriptions.

Day One - 17 November 2020

Disease identification and monitoring – how genomics and bioinformatics are used for disease identification and monitoring, from COVID-19, to AMR to agricultural pathogens 

Outbreaks of infectious diseases have devastating impact including loss to life and economic downturn. EI is at the forefront of developing pipelines, automation and data management that are key for the development of rapid and accurate detection and diagnostics of infectious diseases of people, animals and plants. This session will enable participants to learn about EI’s capabilities in disease detection and diagnostics, including human gut diseases such as sepsis or necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), airborne agricultural pathogens, foodborne bacterial infections including Salmonella and covid-19. It will provide examples of how working with EI can advance the development of solutions for disease diagnostics and monitoring.

This session will be chaired by Professor Christiane Hertz-Fowler, Head of Infection and Immunobiology at the Wellcome Trust.

There will be two talks by:

  • Dr Richard Leggett, Earlham Institute, talking about EI’s capabilities in disease detection and diagnostics, including human gut diseases such as sepsis or necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), airborne agricultural pathogens.
  • Mark Hitchcock, UEA Health and Social Care Partners, talking about the Norwich Testing Initiative and collaborative efforts in covid-19 testing across the Norwich Research Park. 

Facilitated discussion session will have 4 breakout rooms for participants to choose:

  1. In-field real-time identification of agricultural pathogens from air led by Dr. Richard Leggett.
  2. Micro-organisms functional diversity as an indicator of soil health led by Dr. Jose de Vega
  3. Detection of human and animal pathogens at scale led by Dr. Karim Gharbi
  4. Laboratory and bioinformatic methodologies to analyse bacterial populations to track evolution and development of AMR, led by Dr. Matt Bawn.

1:1 networking in the afternoon 

The event networking experience will be facilitated through the software platform Meeting Mojo. This session will enable you to meet other attendees to ask questions or continue conversations you started during the breakout discussions. If you opted to participate in 1:1 networking when registering for EI Innovate, we will create your account on Meeting Mojo. You will receive the email inviting you to edit you profile where you can add your photo, your expertise and your availability for 15 min slots.  

Day Two - 18 November 2020

Finding a needle in a haystack – Identifying specific targets in health and disease with long read RNA and single cell sequencing. 

Genomic tools allow insights into functional consequences of genetic variation, however identifying targets and pathways in health and disease can be challenging due to discrepancy in a mixed-cell population. EI is at the forefront of developing the laboratory workflows, bioinformatic pipelines and data management that are key to narrowing down specific therapeutic targets. In this session, we focus on long-read RNA and single-cell sequencing to pinpoint the cells and genes critical for animals and humans in health and disease. Participants will gain insight into EI’s single cell and long read RNA advancement, with applications range from cancer and cardiac disorder, to antimicrobial resistance and bacterial evolution.

This session will be chaired by Dr Andrew Bassett, Head of Research at the Sanger Institute.

There will be two talks by:

  • Dr Iain Macaulay, Earlham Institute, introducing EI’s technological platforms for single cell sequencing and providing examples of applications.
  • Prof Elizabeth Tunbridge, University of Oxford, talking about the links between gene expression regulation and brain dysfunction in psychiatric disorder.

Facilitated discussion session will have 2 breakout rooms for participants to choose:

  1. Applications of single cell multi-omics technology in human, animal and plant research, led by Dr Iain Macaulay.
  2. Gaining critical genetic insights from long read sequencing analysis, including information for traits of relevance and understanding functional diversity to detect specific disease targets, led by Dr Wilfried Haerty.

1:1 networking in the afternoon 

The event networking experience will be facilitated through the software platform Meeting Mojo. This session will enable you to meet other attendees to ask questions or continue conversations you started during the breakout discussions. If you opted to participate in 1:1 networking when registering for EI Innovate, we will create your account on Meeting Mojo. You will receive the email inviting you to edit you profile where you can add your photo, your expertise and your availability for 15 min slots.  

Day Three - 19 November 2020

Accelerating plant breeding with next generation genetics, genomics and epigenetics.  

Plant genomics has revolutionised the agricultural industry by providing a greater understanding of desirable traits, resulting in a more targeted approach to plant breeding practices and facilitating crop improvement. EI is at the forefront of developing pipelines, automation and data management, these approaches are important in enhancing productivity of key agricultural crops and drive sustainable agricultural practices. This session will explore the importance of genetic diversity in crop improvement. It will also highlight the latest developments in genomics and bioinformatics that can support plant breeding. 

This session will be chaired by John Bloomer, JMB Consulting, an independent consultant and adviser within the international agricultural technology industry, and UKRI-BBSRC Council member.

There will be two talks by:

  • Prof. Anthony Hall, Earlham Institute, talking about the mechanisms for genetic diversity, assembly genomes & variation.
  • Dr Mark Davey, BASF, talking about R&D strategies for implementing the latest developments in genetics and genomics to drive an efficient discovery pipelines for genes underlying key traits.

Facilitated discussion session will have 3 breakout rooms for participants to choose:

  1. Hybrid wheat: the need for greater diversity in germplasm & hybrid parental development, hybrid wheat breeding strategies and novel sterility systems, led by John Bloomer.
  2. Accelerating plant breeding with Machine Learning techniques, applications for profiling gene underlying key agricultural traits or key physiological processes, and the role of epigenetics in plant adapt, led by Prof Anthony Hall.
  3. The importance of genetic diversity in agricultural varieties for adapting to environmental pressures, and translation of germplasm development research into breeding programs, led by Dr Jose De Vega.

1:1 networking in the afternoon 

The event networking experience will be facilitated through the software platform Meeting Mojo. This session will enable you to meet other attendees to ask questions or continue conversations you started during the breakout discussions. If you opted to participate in 1:1 networking when registering for EI Innovate, we will create your account on Meeting Mojo. You will receive the email inviting you to edit you profile where you can add your photo, your expertise and your availability for 15 min slots.