"Accelerating the use of genomic technologies in Australasia"

Current and Ongoing AGTA Initiatives

Annual Conference 2017
The 2017 AGTA conference will be held Hobart, Tasmania at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Go to the conference website for more details
Small Grants Scheme
Awarding of Small Grants up to $5,000 each to support member projects of relevance & benefit to the Australasian Genomics Community (e.g.) technology comparisons, bioinformatics workshops
Association Name Change (AMATA to AGTA)
Reflecting rapid change in the genomic technologies landscape
Annual Planning Day
AGTA's 16-person strong Executive committee meet face-to-face for a full day to workshop AGTA's purpose and for focussed discussion on AGTA's strategic direction. The venue generally alternates between Sydney and Melbourne. This is in addition to AGTA's monthy meeting of its Executive team by teleconference
New AGTA webpage
With interactive member forum and, live news feeds, enhanced user access
Executive Working Groups
To focus efforts on specific initiatives including Student Education, Webpage/Communications development, Small Grants Scheme
Governance Review & Administration
In line with new Incorporation Associations Act 2012 and formal administrative help provided by Leishman Associates, Hobart.

 Past AGTA Initiatives

EBI Bioinformatics Workshops (April 2010)
In 2010, AGTA (then AMATA) conducted a number of "EBI Bioinformatics workshops" and seminars in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. The EBI Bioinformatics Workshops were coordinated by the European Bioinformatics Institute and AMATA.
Workshops combined presentations and practical sessions by Xosé Fernandez and Ian Longden from EBI. Training ranged from introductory level to advanced courses for API programming and advanced database querying.
Annual Conference
AGTA (formerly AMATA) has held an annual scientific conference since 2001. See our past conferences here.
Seed Funding Initiative
$165,000 in the form of a repayable loan was provided by AGTA (then AMATA) in 2007 to help establish the Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics (VCFG), based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, to conduct pooled shRNA and siRNA screens
In July 2012, AGTA (then AMATA) submitted a paper to the "McKeon Review"- Mr. Simon McKeon, Chairman of the Strategic Review on Health and Medical Research in Australia,
NHMRC. AGTA advocated for more funding and recognition of the important role of advanced genomic technologies to health and medical research in Australia

Submission to the McKeon Review 2012