The fourth Taming the BEAST workshop was held last week in Oberägeri,
Switzerland. An enormous thank you goes to all of the speakers and
participants for making this such an enjoyable and productive event!
We are excited to announce that the next installment of Taming the BEAST
will once more be in Switzerland!
The workshop will take place from 17-22 June this year and is being organized
by members of Tanja Stadler's Computational Evolution Group,
cEvo. Registration is now
For further information visit the workshop
refer to the flyer below.
The third edition of Taming the BEAST took place last week at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I had a lot of fun at the workshop in London and also learned a lot. Thanks to a great bunch of participants who came out to learn about BEAST2 with us, I hope you enjoyed the workshop!
A lot of thanks goes to Stéphane Hué for organising and hosting the workshop at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Thanks also to Stéphane Hué, Sebastian Funk and Tanja Stadler for contributing to the cost of the workshop. Many thanks for the great talks from the invited speakers: Oliver Pybus, Alexei Drummond, Tim Vaughan, Huw Ogilvie, Tanja Stadler, Erik Volz, Nuno Faria and Nicola de Maio. All of their slides, as well as the lecture slides are available online. Thanks also to Remco Bouckaert and Walter Xie for their support all the way from New Zealand.
This was the first time the workshop was organised by a group not directly involved in developing BEAST2 packages. I think it went really well and I'm looking forward to the next edition! It was also the first time we ran the BEAST clinic - two 2-hour sessions specifically designed for participants to come to us with their own datasets and problems. I really enjoyed learning about what everyone is doing in BEAST2 and trying to help them improve analyses and get their runs mixing. Unfortunately the workshop was too short to get to everyone and solve all of the problems. I hope everyone got some pointers and got at least their most urgent issues resolved!
Before the workshop we also made a few tweaks to the website, added two new tutorials and updated several of the older tutorials:
MASCOT Tutorial: NEW Use an approximation to the structured coalescent to quickly infer unbiased estimates of the migration rates between regions for bigger datasets than is possible with the full structured coalescent.
SCOTTI Tutorial: NEW Reconstruct transmission trees using within-host data with an approximate structured coalescent.
We are happy to announce that the next installment of Taming the BEAST will be in London, where it will be hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine! Thanks to Stephane Hue for organising!
The workshop will take place from 24-28 July this year and will cost £245. Unlike previous workshops the fee does NOT include accommodation. It's the first time we are holding a workshop in a big city and it proved just too complicated to book a venue with accommodation, so we ask that participants arrange their own accommodation.
For more information visit the workshop's homepage.