The online training program includes bi-weekly webinars and many short courses.

The teams of Prof Tulio de Oliveira (CERI/KRISP) and Prof Christian Happi (ACEGID) have a long and successful training program in Africa, with over 20,000 trained in the last 20 years.

The online training program includes the presentation of protocols for genomic data generation, quality control of data, and phylodynamic analysis. These are commonly used to trace epidemics in space and time by the CERI, ACEGID, and ILRI teams.

The online training program will build on our webinar series for COVID-19 genomic surveillance in Africa and the international Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) workshop, which is in its 24th edition in 2021.  Over the course of the project, CERI intends to train at least 500 African scientists through the online portal.

Online Courses:

Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology, Online Webinar (COVEME), Monday August 30 – Friday September 3, 2021 (Sponsorship to 65 African Fellows from the Rockefeller Foundatio

Webinar series:

  • Webinar #13: SARS-COV-2 Origins and Evolution by Prof. David Robertson, 24 August 2021
  • Webinar #12: Region-focused genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2, 3 August 2021
  • Webinar #11: The Nextstrain toolchain: From clade assignment to phylodynamic analysis., 27 July 2021
  • Webinar #10: Using NextStrain to easily analyze and visualize your new SARS-CoV-2 sequences, 29 June 2021
  • Webinar #9: Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT) Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 Genomes, Online, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 15 June 2021
  • Webinar #8: How to Make Publication-Ready Professional-Looking Figures Part II,, Online, Port Louis, Mauritius, 1 June 2021
  • Webinar #7: Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Genome Assembly and Quality Control,, Online, Durban and London, South Africa and the U.K., 18 May 2021
  • Webinar #6: Ancestral State Reconstruction and Import/Export Analysis of Viral Lineages,, Online, Durban, South Africa, 4 May 2021
  • Webinar #5: How to Make Publication-Ready Professional-Looking Figures Part I,, Online, Port Louis, Mauritius, 20 April 2021
  • Webinar #4: Main Routes of Entry and Genomic Diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in Uganda,, Online, Entebbe, Uganda, 2 September 2020
  • Webinar #3: SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing and Quality Control,, Online, Durban, South Africa, 5 August 2020
  • Webinar #2: Public Health Alliance for Genomic Epidemiology (PHA4GE): Strengthening Bioinformatics in Public Health,, Online, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 July 2020.
  • Webinar #1: SARS-CoV-2 Introduction and Spread in Africa, Online, Durban, South Africa, 22 July 2020

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