Finger Millet Annotation Jamboree: Call for applications


The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Bio-innovate Africa hereby invites applications for a finger millet annotation jamboree to be held from 25 – 29 May, 2015. This workshop will focus on pre-processing, quality check, assembly and annotation of next generation sequence data for the finger millet genome. The jamboree will be conducted at the ILRI Campus, Nairobi, Kenya.

Eligibility / Applicant requirements

The workshop is generally open to PhD students and early career agricultural researchers with a strong interest in improving their bioinformatics and genomics skills. More specific applicant requirements include the following:

  • African scientist with PhD or MSc in any agricultural discipline
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Currently conducting agricultural biosciences research with an African national agricultural research program or university in one of the BecA countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
  • Good working knowledge of unix command line is a requirement.

How to apply

Interested eligible scientists / researchers should apply by completing the online application form found here:

Participants from previous advanced bioinformatics workshops are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key dates

Application deadline: 17th April 2015
Information to successful applicants: 24th April 2015
Training dates: 25th – 29th May 2015


There are few funded slots for this workshop. However, applicants who can fund their participation have an added advantage.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Damaris Odeny,
Scientist; ICRISAT, 
Email: D.Odeny(at)


Dr Mark Wamalwa,
Post Doc scientist; BecA-ILRI hub; Kenya

Email: M.Wamalwa(at)

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