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ERGA will host a paralllel session during the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology Evolution this July in Ferrara, Italy. We are excited to gather together so many ERGA members in person for the first time!

In this ERGA session we invite the community to brainstorm the future of genome generation workflows. There is still time to register for the conference and participate! You will find more details about the session below:

As one of the key steps for cataloguing biodiversity across Europe, a consortium of scientists launched the European Reference Genome Atlas initiative in 2020. The consortium builds upon growing numbers of reference biogenome initiatives around the world and is the European node of the global umbrella Earth BioGenome Project (EBP, ERGA is working towards the creation of a distributed genome generation infrastructure across Europe and fostering the exchange of genomics expertise so that high-quality reference genomes can be generated for all eukaryotic species on the continent. Since a large number of ERGA Members will be attending SMBE23, we invite the community to a brainstorming session regarding the challenges and opportunities of reference genomes. We aim to define and answer outstanding questions about the genome generation workflow (from sampling to sequencing, assembly, annotation, and beyond) and how to amplify genomics knowledge across the scientific community and society. Further details will be circulated to ERGA Members through our mailing lists and community chat forum.

Not an ERGA Member? You can sign up here: Questions? You can contact ERGA Coordination via or check out these short introductory videos explaining the organisation of ERGA, the ERGA Council, and the ERGA Committees:



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