On behalf of the Executive Committee and the 2016 Organising Committee, we extend to you a warm invitation to participate in the 16th annual conference of the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) and the 8th Annual New Zealand Next Generation Sequencing Conference (NZ NGS), to be held at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand on October 9-12th, 2016.

The AGTA meeting crosses the Tasman for the second time, and will be joining with NZ NGS. We hope the choice of New Zealand’s largest city, with direct and reasonable flights from all of Australia, will attract Australasia’s genomics researchers to the year’s premier genomics technologies event.  We believe that holding the AGTA meeting alongside the NZ NGS will provide the best possibility for interactions between a wide cross section of Australasian researchers, industries and disciplines.

AGTA/NZ NGS 2016 will attract staff and clients from all genomics core service providers in the region, and beyond, eager to be exposed to new and evolving technologies, and to hear how those technologies are being applied to genomics research.

AGTA/NZ NGS 2016 will showcase dynamic cross-discipline -omics research, and uniquely allow genomics and bioinformatics researchers, as well as industry, to interact over a wide range of topics; these will include technologies focused on, agricultural, clinical, cancer, developmental, microbial and single cell genomics and transcriptomics.  We hope you will enjoy the exciting line-up of topics and presenters we have assembled.

The session organisers have invited scientists at the cutting edge of integrative -omics research to present keynote lectures at AGTA/NZ NGS 2016.  These amazing high profile speakers will be joining us in Auckland 2016.  They include Christopher Mason (Cornell University), founder of Genome Liberty (crowd funded genomics) and leader on many groundbreaking -omics projects including space missions, cancer, brain development, undiagnosed genetic disorders and the metagenomics of New York City.  Gregory Gibson (Georgia Tech), Director of the Center for Integrative Genomics and Lance Millar (Wake Forest School of Medicine), Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Pullman Hotel is located in central Auckland, close to transport links, the CBD, waterfront entertainment areas, and the university precinct.  It offers excellent conference and social facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference!

Rob Day
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Ruby Lin
Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, Sydney, Australia

Vikki Marshall
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Donia Macartney-Coxson
The Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Porirua, New Zealand

Jo-Ann Stanton
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Liam Williams
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Meet Our Speakers

Leading the conversation. Introducing our Plenary Speakers

Professor Gregory Gibson
Professor Gregory Gibson
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11:30 – 16:30 Pre-conference Workshop (TBC)
17:00 – 18:00 Opening Oration
18:00 – 20:00 Welcome Reception & Trade Exhibition

08:30 – 08:45 Conference Opening
08:45 – 10:45 Conference Sessions
10:45 – 11:15 Morning Tea
11:15 – 13:30 Conference Sessions
13:30 – 15:15 Lunch amongst the Trade Exhibitors and Poster Session 1
15:15 – 17:30 Conference Sessions
18:30 Student Function

08:25 – 08:30 Welcome
08:45 – 10:45 Conference Sessions
10:45 – 11:15 Morning Tea
11:15 – 13:00 Invited Abstract
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch, Poster Session 2 & Trade Exhibition
15:00 – 17:15 Conference Sessions
17:15 – 18:15 AGTA Annual General Meeting
19:00 – 23:00 Conference Dinner – The Northern Club

08:55 – 09:00 Welcome
09:00 – 11:15 Conference Sessions
11:15 – 11:45 Morning Tea
11:45 – 14:00 Conference Sessions
14:00 Awards, 2017 Conference Launch & Conference Close