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VALITEST webinar series and training activities

Three series of webinars and training activities are organised in the framework of VALITEST:

For more information, please see below.


The concept of test validation in Plant Health


Objective of the series and activities

The objectives of this webinar series and activities are:

  • To introduce the concept of validation and present the state of the art in terms of choice of a test and analysis of the results of performance evaluation
  • To train experts on the use of kits (including on-site and field tests)


Format

The activities will consist of 5 webinars (1h) and 2 practical training sessions (see below the duration of each session).


Participants

The VALITEST training activities are targeting stakeholders working in Plant Health and interested in the concept of test validation (e.g. technical staff of public and private diagnostic laboratories and of companies producing diagnostic kits, scientific community, policy makers, end-users of kits and on-site tests).


Registrations

Webinars are limited to 500 participants. Places will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Please use the links provided below to register.
The number of participants for practical training sessions is limited and depends on the training activities. Places will be filled on a first come first served basis, but if the number of applicants exceed the limit, priority will be given to participants from EPPO countries and participation may be limited to a given number of applicants per organisation. Other applicants will be added to a waiting list.


Agenda (Timings are CET time zone)

Webinar What is test validation and why it matters for reliable diagnostics? Monday 11th January,  2 pm

Webinar How to adopt a new test in your laboratory? Friday 15th January, 2 pm

Webinar The use and validation of on-site tests Wednesday 20th January, 2 pm

Practical training session Analysis of performance characteristics Tuesday 26th of January, 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Webinar How do companies handle quality control and validation of products and how will the EPDIA charter help in improving this task? Monday 1st of February, 2 pm

Webinar Why is communication on test selection between risk managers and diagnostic laboratories important ? Monday 15th of February, 2 pm

Practical training session The use of kits: training and demonstration Thursday 22nd of April, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Presentation will be made available as soon as we can

Test Performance Studies organisation


Objective of the series and activities

The objectives of this webinar series and activities are:

  • To present the state of the art in term of organization and analysis of Test Performance Studies (TPS)
  • To present results and experience gained during the VALITEST project (12 TPS were organised in the framework of the project).

Format

The activities will consist of educational videos, 8 webinars (1h) and 2 practical training sessions (see below the duration of each session).


Participants

The VALITEST training activities are targeting staff of public and private (diagnostic) laboratories that are organising test performance studies.


Registrations

Webinars are limited to 500 participants. Places will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Please use the links provided below to register.
The number of participants for practical training sessions is limited and depends on the training activities. Places will be filled on a first come first served basis, but if the number of applicants exceed the limit, priority will be given to participants from EPPO countries and participation may be limited to a given number of applicants per organisation. Other applicants will be added to a waiting list.
Attendance to specific webinars is required for the practical training activities (see “More information” for the specific activity).


Agenda (Timings are CET Time zone)

Videos What is a TPS? Week of the 15th of February  
Videos VALITEST TPS: selection of the pests and of the TPS organizers Week of the 15th of February  
Webinar 1 Preparing the TPS plan Friday  19th February, 11 am



Webinar 2 Selection of the tests and associated documents Wednesday 24th February, 2 pm



Webinar 3 Selection of participants and contract Monday 1st March, 2 pm



Webinar 4 Preparation and dispatch of samples Friday 5th of March, 11 am



Webinar 5 Production of reference material for TPS Wednesday 10th of March, 2 pm



Practical training sessions How to organise Test Performance Studies? Monday 15th - Thursday 18th of March - 9 am to 3 pm (one one-day session to be chosen among the 4 proposed)

Webinar 6 How to tackle the analysis of TPS results? Monday 22nd of March, 2 pm



Videos Calculate performance characteristics of a test and get useful information from your validation data by statistical analysis.    







Webinar 7 Q&A session: the statistical analysis of TPS results Monday 29th of March, 2 pm
Practical training sessions How to analyse the results of Test Performance Studies? 30th of March to 1st of April - 9 am to 4:15 pm (one one-day session to be chosen among the 3 proposed)

Webinar 8 From TPS organisation to analysis of the results: example of the TPS on ToBRFV Wednesday 7th of April, 2 pm

The use and validation of High Throughput sequencing (HTS) tests for diagnostics of plant pests.


Objective of the series and activities

High-throughput sequencing (HTS) is a powerful tool that enables the simultaneous sequencing of potentially all organisms present in a sample. Because of the growing interest in applying HTS for routine diagnostics in plant health laboratories, the objective of this webinar series and activities is to present the recommendations developed by WP2 on the process of selection, development, validation and verification of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) tests and the quality assurance for their routine use as diagnostic tests in plant health laboratories. These recommendations are general to enable a broad application in all plant health fields with appropriate flexibility to account for the changes of technologies.


Format

The activities will consist of 3 webinars (1 to 1.5h) and 1 practical training activity (2 sessions) (see below the duration of each session).


Participants

These VALITEST training activities are mainly targeting technical staff of public and private diagnostic laboratories that intend to routinely use HTS technologies for the detection and identification of any plant pest regardless of the type of HTS technology. Scientists that are using HTS in their laboratories for research purpose may also be interested to join the webinars and training activities and their expertise will be welcome during the practical training activity.


Registrations

Webinars are limited to 500 people. Places will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Please use the links provided below to register.
The number of participants for practical training activity is limited to 20 participants. Places will be filled on a first come first served basis, but if the number of applicants exceed the limit, priority will be given to participants from EPPO countries and participation may be limited to a given number of applicants per organisation. Other applicants will be added to a waiting list. Attendance to the 2nd and 3rd webinars is required for the practical training activity.

Agenda (Timings are CEST Time zone)

Webinar 1 What is High Throughput Sequencing (HTS)? Friday 30th April, 2 pm-3:30 pm

Webinar 2 How to prepare your laboratory to conduct HTS tests? Monday 3rd May, 2 pm-3 pm

Webinar 3 How to develop, validate and routinely use HTS for diagnostic purpose? Tuesday 4th May, 2 pm-3:30 pm

Practical training activity How to apply the guidelines to your laboratory? Wednesday 5th May, 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Friday 7th May, 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Training completed thanks to the participants
EU H2020
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°773139.

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