VectorBase workshop and talk @ 2018 ESA Annual Meeting (Entomology 2018)

We will be attending the Entomological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting, which this year is in conjunction with the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) and Entomological Society of British Columbia (ESBC). Click here for details. We will participate with a talk and a VectorBase (independently organized) workshop.

VectorBase Hands-on Workshop

November 10, 2018

Simon Fraser University, downtown campus

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderón, PhD
VectorBase Scientific Liaison/Outreach Manager

Official language

The official language of the workshop will be English.

About the workshop

VectorBase is a Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) focused on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens. This BRC currently hosts sequence data from 40 genomes. VectorBase also provides transcriptomic, proteomic and population biology data from colony and field specimens for an even broader selection of species. The goal of this one-day workshop is to offer the opportunity to scientists working in medical entomology and vector biology, hands-on practical sessions with VectorBase data, tools and resources.

Below you will find a link to apply. If you are accepted to participate, via email you will receive information about the required pre-workshop homework. The assignment may include: short videos (of up to 15 min each) with a few questions to asses your understanding of them; omics background questions; or other activities to asses your understanding of some key points. Your responses are due on Monday, October 29, 2018. The homework is not optional because is meant to provide you with an introduction and foundation to the material to be covered during the workshop, which will facilitate to start the work and discussion on site. During the day of the workshop, we aim to provide opportunities for hands-on activities, discussions and practice exercises, for each of the tools and topics listed in the agenda below.

The outcome of this training relies heavily on your dedication and effort, which includes the time invested before and during the workshop. After the workshop, you are invited to send follow up questions to the instructor, via

Schedule and Location

November 10, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

SFU has two campus in this area, the workshop is in the downtown, within a walking distance from the ESA meeting venue

Harbour Centre

515 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, B.C.

Canada V6B 5K3

Room number: 2250 Westcoast Energy Meeting Room


(subject to change)

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

8:00 – 8:30 am: General introduction to omics (lecture)

8:30 – 9:45 am: Overview of VectorBase's remit, data, tools and resources (lecture + demo)

9:45 – 10:15 am: Automatic annotation of genomes at VectorBase: gene set predictions, functional annotation and projecting gene descriptions (lecture)

10:15 – 10:35 am: Coffee Break

10:35 am – 12:00 pm: Search, Genome Browser, BLAST

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm: Clustal, Hmmer, Comparative genomics, Apollo

2:30 – 2:50 pm: Coffee Break

2:50 – 4:00 pm: Advanced Search, Expression Browser, Genome Browser, BioMart

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Population Biology map

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Wrap up: Group photo, exit questionnaire, workshop certificates

Computer and Internet access

A room with computers will not be provided, please bring your own laptop. You should have the latest Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer version installed.


  • Number of course participants: maximum 20 people
  • Applications may be made via this web form.
  • Application deadline: September 3, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: September 10, 2018
  • Acceptance confirmation: September 17, 2018. If you have been accepted to attend, please reply to your acceptance notification with a short email to If you do not reply we will assume that you are unable to attend and will award your place to another applicant
  • Who should apply: The ideal candidate should have a need to learn how to use VectorBase and presumably has a research question that involves this database to help to solve it
  • Evaluation of applications will focus heavily on applicants' responses to the questionnaire in the application form

Costs and fees

The registration has no cost to you thanks to the SFU and VectorBase. The registration includes the hand-out materials, coffee breaks and lunch.

Each attendee is expected to provide their other meals (breakfast and dinner), accommodation (hotel or other) and transportation. At your request, we can email to you a letter to facilitate the solicitation of outside travel funds or scholarships.

Hotel Accommodations

If you are accepted to participate and need a hotel, click here for the ESA suggested housing options.


Please direct inquiries or comments to

Sponsored and organized by:

Dr. Carl Lowenberger, Biological Sciences, SFU, Burnaby Campus (Click here for info about the Lowenberger lab)

VectorBase, Bioinformatics Resource for Invertebrate Vectors of Human Pathogens. VectorBase have been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institutes of Health, NIAID/NIH

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Meeting Date: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 12:00 to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00
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