On the 23d of October 2013 DTL organised a workshop on Next Generation Life Science (NGLS) at the ‘In de Driehoek’ conference centre in Utrecht (see programme). Over 70 people representing research groups from various life science sectors participated in a lively meeting, with interesting lectures and break-out discussion sessions.
Lectures were given by Alain van Gool (RU), Robert Hall (WUR), Bas Teusink (VU) and Lude Franke (RUG) with Dorus Gadella (UvA) closing the meeting. Each lecture focused on Next Generation Life Sciences from specific angles such as the cross technology aspects or the ‘big data’ challenges.
One of the key discussion points was what should be done from a life science technology perspective in the area of NGLS in the coming five years and what role DTL should play in this. Participants were asked to vote on a number of potential priorities for DTL and during the break-outs discussed how they would tackle key challenges in the coming years.
One of the main conclusions is that closer collaboration and the need for common solutions and approaches are widely seen as very important in years to come. Key areas are access to cross technology infrastructure and expertise, training & education and area of data integration and stewardship capabilities. Increase funding opportunities and being able to make contacts in new technology areas and sectors are also important needs.
The outcomes of these sessions are detailed in a 2 page overview attached below. Based on these interactions an initial overview of the priorities of DTL has been created. We would very much appreciate your feedback on this as we continue to define together with you what the key activities should be that DTL will focus on.
- Introductions by Ruben Kok and Colja Laane
- Alain van Gool: Biomarker development in personalised healthcare
- Robert Hall: Genomics driving crop breeding: the value of high-tech access
- Closing presentation by Dorus Gadella