The second SCOG epigenomic workshop ‘Advances in Single Cell Epigenomics 2019’, chaired by Jörn Walter (Saarland University), took place at Linslerhof in Überherrn, November 4 – 6 2019.
The workshop started with a two-day meeting, gathering around 70 participants to exchange ideas, developments and challenges in the field of single cell epigenomics. The program included fascinating presentations on concepts and cutting edge science in single cell Epigenomics by an excellent lineup of speakers from all over the world: Andrew Adey (OHSU Portland), Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven), Maria Colomé-Tatché (HMGU Munich), Eileen Furlong (EMBL Heidelberg), Martin Hirst (UBC Vancouver), Hiroshi Kimura (Titech Tokyo), Yuin-Han Loh (A*STAR IMCB Singapore), Fabian Müller (Stanford University), Sebastian Preissl (UC San Diego), Nikolaus Rajewsky (MDC/BIMSB Berlin), Andrew Teschendorff (CAS Shanghai) and Céline Vallot (Institute Curie Paris).
The program was rounded off by short talks and poster sessions, in which Phd students, postdocs and PIs from the SCOG network presented their work, as well as a concluding panel discussion addressing specific technical and computational advances and challenges for single cell Epigenomics.
The meeting was followed by a one-day hackathon on EpiScanpy, a new tool for the analysis of single cell epigenomics data, led by our SCOG partner Maria Colomé-Tatché and her team. After an initial tutorial, the 20 Phd students and postdocs from various SCOG groups gained deeper insights into the tool by solving different computational challenges in groups.
Beyond the scientific program, the workshop offered opportunities for networking among national and international researchers, which is a major goal of Single Cell Omics Germany.