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What is PoreCamp Vancouver?

PoreCamp Vancouver is the sixth edition of the PoreCamp series, founded by Nick Loman, Matt Loose and Mick Watson in 2015. PoreCamp is a training bootcamp based around Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT)’s MinION sequencing system, a USB-size DNA sequencer which is capable of producing 10-20 Gbase of sequence data with read lengths as high as hundreds of kilobases. One of its key advantages is to produce data in near-real time - the system has been used to monitor the Ebola outbreak in 2015, the Zika outbreak in 2016, and in July 2016 the MinION became the first sequencer in space. The Porecamp instructors recently sequenced a whole human genome with this technology.

For the first time, PoreCamp Vancouver will include two events:

The workshops will be a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in generating and analyzing MinION data from some of the leading experts in the field – Nick Loman, Josh Quick, Matt Loose, John Tyson, Jared Simpson, and Lauren Cowley will join local hosts Jennifer Gardy, David Ng, Robin Coope, and Steve Pleasance for five days of sequencing, bioinformatics, and general merriment.

When and where will PoreCamp Vancouver take place?

The one-day Highlights workshop will run all day Friday, May 4, 2018 in Room 102 at the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. For more information, visit our Highlights page.

The full camp will run all day Monday, May 7 through all day Friday, May 11, 2018. A detailed timetable is available here. We’ll be based in Room 102 and at the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory (AMBL) at the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia, with some lunchtime lectures in the new Centre for Brain Health lecture theatre. For more details on getting to UBC, including accommodation options, click here.

Course structure and programme

The programme and teaching materials for previous courses can be found at:


Registration for the full camp has closed; the waitlist is also full. (Registration is open for the Highlights workshop) and will close on Friday, April 27 or when our 36 places have been filled, whichever comems first.

Contact Us

Please direct all questions about the workshop to porecampvancouver@gmail.com