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Illumina User Group Meeting

Header2-01Whitehead Scientific is eagerly looking forward to hosting the first Illumina User Group Meeting in South Africa on 9th – 10th March 2015.

Date: 9-10 March 2015
Venue: Allée Bleue, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Limited places available – Register now!

Illumina User Group Meeting:

Continuing advances in Illumina’s genomic analysis technologies are rapidly changing the way scientists in a variety of disciplines approach their research.

Through the User Group Meeting, Illumina and Whitehead Scientific are providing an opportunity for customers to showcase their research, as well as a forum to discuss product enhancements and cutting edge applications with specialists from Illumina.

Click here to view the provisional program

Keynote Speakers:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr Jasper Rees – Agricultural Research Council
  • Dr Farai Muchadeyi – Agricultural Research Council
  • Dr Zané Lombard – University of Witwatersrand
  • Dr Mamadou Kaba – University of Cape Town
  • Prof Tulio de Oliveira – University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Dr Armand Peeters – University of Stellenbosch
  • Mr Shaheed Vally-Omar – National Institute for Communicable Diseases
  • Illumina Portfolio Specialists

Key Topic Areas:

  • Bioinformatics – providing seamless sample-to-answer bioinformatics software tools that guide you from the original design of your experiment through to interpreting data and generating actionable reports.
  • Infectious disease -revealing fresh insight into how microbes impact humans and transforming modern infectious disease surveillance.
  • Agrigenomics – driving sustainable productivity and offering solutions to the mounting challenge of feeding the world’s growing population.
  • Forensic Genomics – extract the highest resolution of forensic DNA evidence from even the smallest, most fragile, and highly mixed samples.
  • Cancer genomics and genetic disease– revolutionizing the discovery and analysis of disease causing variants.
  • Reproductive health/Clinical applications – deliver fast, accurate information that can guide choices and transform lives at multiple touch points.
  • Metagenomics – profile entire microbial communities from complex samples, discover new organisms, and explore the dynamic nature of microbial populations under changing conditions.

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Join us on the evening of the 9th March 2015 for a spectacular Night in the Vines at Allée Bleue.

Enjoy wine tasting and a fine country tasting experience, in a picturesque setting surrounded by rolling lawns, fragrant gardens, vineyards and views of the Drakenstein Mountains.


Due to the limited places, this conference is presently by invitation only.

Registration fee: No fee *Limited places available

Registration closes: places are full

Register now: Click here to complete the registration form


Allée Bleue offers visitors a unique experience – world-class wines, fruit and herbs, stunning conference venues, a fresh produce shop, warm hospitality, historic charm and contemporary art, surrounded by the breath taking scenery of the Franschhoek Valley.

Allée Bleue:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 874 1021

Address: Intersection R 45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein 7680, South Africa
GPS co-ordinates: -33° 51′ 55.22″, 18° 58′ 56.22″
Click here for directions

Parking: Complimentary Parking


Special congress rates have been organised at selected hotels.

Recommended accommodation:
Includes group transport to and from the conference venue on both days. Delegates are advised to book directly with the hotel (Whitehead Scientific block booking).

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When making your own accommodation bookings, use the Whitehead Scientific block booking. Bookings must be made before 23 January 2015, thereafter rooms will be released to the public. First come, first serve basis.

Other accommodation options:

Includes group transport to and from the conference venue on both days. Limited rooms available. Delegates are advised to book directly with these guest houses (Whitehead Scientific block booking).

accom-01For inquiries:

Retha Venter
Conference and Events Co-ordinator
Tel: + 27 21 8554472

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Whitehead Scientific Marketing Co-ordinator
Tel: + 27 21 944 6460