PigNet - COST Action 861: European Network for Pig Genomics

Pig Genome III Conference
A celebration for completing the pig genome sequence

Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium and PigNet Genome Conference
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
November 2 to 4, 2009

On November 2-4 the Swine genome Sequencing Consortium (SGSC) and the EU COST action "PigNet" will organize the Pig Genome III meeting to celebrate the completion of the pig genome sequence. The sequencing of the porcine genome at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK is close to its initial goal of finalizing a 4x improved quality genome sequence of the porcine genome. The sequencing effort is based on a CHORI-242 BAC minimal tiling path and directed improvement will provide an equivalent quality of 6X genomic coverage.

Genome sequence data have been assembled and annotated using automated tools and published through the Ensembl genome browser (currently the Sscrofa9 genome build is available at: http://www.ensembl.org/Sus_scrofa/Info/Index ). This meeting provides an essential opportunity to convene the broader pig genomics community as well as end-users to ensure rapid and full deployment of the sequence information.

Specific goals of the meeting include:

  • Reviewing the latest genome assembly (Sscrofa9) and the automated (Ensembl) annotation;
  • Workshop sessions organized to support the development of a summary manuscript of the pig genome and related companion papers;
  • Training in the manual annotation of the pig genome to ensure the highest quality product; and
  • Providing an opportunity to recognize the global partners who have supported and conducted the pig genome sequencing project and transition the SGSC activities into full utilization of the pig genome sequence information.

The conference also serves to stimulate interactions between researchers who have focused on creating the sequencing platform and conducting the sequencing with those investigators who are dedicated to using this information. To date, these have in part been separate research communities and the conference will provide a forum for introductions and to engage the broader community to participate in the analysis of the genome sequence. Finally, the conference organizers will integrate a theme focusing on creating international guidelines to ensure the broadest dissemination and utilization of genomic information.

Conference program and registration:

  • Registration for the meeting will open September 1, 2009 and the deadline for submission of abstracts for posters is October 2, 2009.
  • Based on submitted abstracts, the Steering Committee will select individuals to provide short oral presentations
  • Information regarding registration, accommodation and the program are available online.
  • For additional information either contact Lawrence Shook, Alan Archibald or Martien Groenen.

Steering Committee

Lawrence B. Schook, Ph.D.Professor, Gutgsell Chair, University of Illinois
Jonathan E. Beever, Ph.D.Associate Professor, University of Illinois
Merete Fredholm, D.V.M., Ph.D.Professor, University of Copenhagen
Denis Milan, Ph.D.Research Director, INRA, Toulouse
Alan L. Archibald, Ph.D.Professor, The Roslin Institute
Randall Prather, Ph.D.Professor, Distinguished Chair, University of Missouri
Carol Churcher, Ph.D.Leader, Pig Genome Sequencing Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Elisabetta Guiffra, Ph.D.Research Leader, Tecnoparco, Lodi, Italy
Martien Groenen, Ph.D.Professor, Wageningen University


A full conference schedule is now available on line.

Confirmed speakers

  • Allan Bradley
  • Lawrence Schook
  • Richard Clark
  • Carol Churcher
  • Chris Ponting
  • Alan Archibald
  • Jan Gorodkin
  • Alfonso Valencia
  • Leif Andersson
  • Soren Brunak
  • Greger Larson
  • Martien Groenen
  • Jan Merks
  • Nico Katsanis

Meeting Sponsors



Pig Genome III is part funded by:

  • COST Action 861: European Network for Pig Genomics (PigNet)
  • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant no. 2009-65205-05642 from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture Animal Genome program