The school is one of the network-wide events of the MSCA-RISE Project PANGAIA (Pan-genome Graph Algorithms and Data Integration) that is a European effort for guiding the transition from linear genomes to graph-based representations. Classically, Genomes are strings over the letters A,C,G,T, which represent nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA. In view of ultra-large amounts of genome sequence data emerging from ever more and technologically rapidly advancing genome sequencing devices—in the meantime, amounts of sequencing data accrued are reaching into the exabyte scale—the driving, urgent question is: how can we arrange and analyze these data masses in a formally rigorous, computationally efficient and biomedically rewarding manner?

After the success of the Introduction to Pan-Genomics school, this school will instead focus on evolutionary aspects of pangenomics. There are two aspects that will be discussed:

In both cases, we will focus on graph-based frameworks, since one of the main allures of computational pangenomics is to get rid of linear reference genomes and the bias it introduces. In fact, we remind that one of the main goals of the PANGAIA project is to put this shift of paradigm — from sequence- to graph-based representations of genomes — into full effect.


The number of participants is limited to 25. All interested students will have to apply and the school directors will select the participants. ALPACA students and affiliated will have priority.

Applications are open.

Key dates


Pangaia Alpaca

School Directors