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Date: 25-26th March 2013


The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK

Workshop Aims

This workshop will provide a forum for sharing and exploring training experiences, collaborative ideas and best practice in themes that are pivotal to modern data-rich biology: including bioinformatics, computational biology and computing. The workshop will allow participants to connect with each other at a variety of levels, and will help to establish a long-term community of trainers. This workshop has been developed under the aegis of ELIXIR-UK and GOBLET. ELIXIR-UK aims to galvanise the training community within the UK and to connect this community to other training activities across ELIXIR-Europe; GOBLET extends the networking and sharing opportunities to those involved in bioinformatics, computational biology and computing training around the globe. The workshop’s organisers are individuals involved with and passionate about training.

Working in today’s fast-paced research environment, trainers are often isolated, (re)creating materials and courses without the benefit of like-minded peers. Moreover, within the world-wide glut of information, finding appropriate resources can be difficult – a single, coordinated mechanism for sharing knowledge and evolving our training experiences does not yet exist. This workshop will cast a fresh look at these and other training-related issues that cross our paths on a regular basis, bringing together experts who have embraced the latest training and communication methodologies, and providing opportunities to share experiences and best practice.

Target audience

For anyone involved in bioinformatics, computational biology and/or computing training, to:

  • engage in and contribute to the discussion and training themes (from topics to methods)
  • reflect on how to deliver effective training at the many different levels at which it necessarily takes place
  • gain inspiration from experienced, international trainers
  • network and exchange experiences with peers
  • discover exciting training-related initiatives and events happening in Europe and around the globe
  • become part of an on-going community of trainers and training practitioners

Workshop Format

The workshop will be highly interactive, skewing the time towards discussions and group activities, avoiding lecture-type activities longer than ~15min. Participants are likely to be requested to do some preparatory work prior to the event.

Participants will be asked to arrange themselves into three overarching themes: bioinformatics, computational biology and computing (as defined below). The groups focused on each of these themes will then feed back in plenary sessions.

Workshop Thematic Groups & Champions

Bioinformatics - Terri Attwood

e.g., includes sequence analysis (esp. NGS), functional genomics, metagenomics, structure analysis, phylogenetic analysis, etc.

Computational biology - Chris Ponting

e.g., algorithms in evolutionary biology, text-mining, addressing biological hypotheses from large- often genome-scale data, etc.

Computing - Carole Goble

e.g., includes basic computing skills, programming, interoperability, ontologies, provenance, metadata, middleware, etc.

Standards and curation - Susanna-Assunta Sansone

e.g. includes community standards minimum information requirements, terminologies/ontologies and exchange formats, standards-driven curation practices.

NOTE: The groups indicate the key thematic to be discussed; according to the number of attendees and their expertise we might pull some of the themes accordingly, to facilitate the break out sessions.

Topics will include:

  • What is the 'training landscape' (UK, Europe, the globe).
  • Successful initiatives: learning from each other.
  • Sharing best practice (technologies, approaches, courses materials, etc.).
  • Trainers: their value, recognition and career development.
  • Collaborative training.

Contact Us

For information on how to participate please complete the registration link on the top right of this page - deadline 15 February 2013.

Helen Tunney (TGAC)

Sasha Stanbridge (TGAC)

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