What are the global bioinformatics training needs?

GOBLET (the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training) has run surveys to determine the need for bioinformatics training worldwide. They recently published the results of this study. In the last decade, life-science research has become increasingly data-intensive and computational. Nevertheless, basic bioinformatics and data stewardship are still only rarely taught in life-science degree programmes, creating a widening skills gap that… Continue reading

Looking back on the first ELIXIR Galaxy Developer Workshop

Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical research. On 16-19 January 2017, the first European Galaxy Developer Workshop took place in Strasbourg. ELIXIR-NL and the Dutch Galaxy Working Group were actively involved in the workshop’s organisation. Galaxy Training, in both the Dutch and European context, is one of the key focus areas of DTL’s training and education activities. The objectives for the workshop… Continue reading

7 April: national DNA lab day

The ‘Reizende DNAlabs’ (DNA labs on the road) have received funding from the Amgen Biotech Experience Programme. This will allow the mobile practical to visit Dutch high schools in the period January – June 2017. In addition, they can organise the fifth edition of the national DNA lab day for Dutch high school teachers. This event will take place on… Continue reading

Education & Training activities at the NETTAB2016 conference: a short report

On 25 and 26 October 2016, the NETTAB2016 conference was organised in Rome, co-organised with the COST Action CHARME and with EMBnet. The theme was ‘Reproducibility, Standards and SOP in Bioinformatics. The conference also brought together people from all over Europe who are involved in training and the organisation of training. Hence, a GOBLET/ELIXIR-Italy Train the Trainer workshop took place and… Continue reading

Submit an abstract for BioSB 2017

The 3rd edition of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference (BioSB 2017) will be held on 4 and 5 April 2017 at the conference center De Werelt in Lunteren. You can now submit an abstract for the conference. The main programme will feature several parallel sessions with thematic topics that will be filled through abstract submission. The topics and information… Continue reading

Successful FAIR data workshop for DTL partners

On 3 and 4 November 2016, DTL ran a workshop ‘FAIR Data Stewardship for Discovery and Innovation’ especially for its partners. Dr Erik Schultes (FAIR Data Scientific Projects Lead at DTL): “Technology and policy around data stewardship and open science are advancing rapidly. This event gave the DTL partners a comprehensive overview of Dutch and international trends. The participants know what to… Continue reading

GOBLET: a global network of bioinformatics trainers and trainees

GOBLET is the ‘Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training’. Dr Celia van Gelder was recently elected as a member of the GOBLET Executive Board. She explains what GOBLET is about. What is GOBLET’s aim? “GOBLET was established in 2012 by an international group of societies and networks to offer an umbrella for bioinformatics, biocuration, biocomputing and computational biology learning, education,… Continue reading

Personal Health Train workshop: a report

On 10 November 2016, the people behind the Personal Health Train (PHT) (André Dekker of Maastro Clinic and Peter-Bram ’t Hoen of LUMC) and PRANA-Data (Wessel Kraaij of TNO) organised a workshop in Utrecht. PRANA-Data is a COMMIT project. The PHT initiative aims to increase the use of existing biomedical data for research into personalised health and medicine. During the day, over 30 people discussed technical solutions… Continue reading

Hands-on workshop on data management tools for translational research: a report

On 15 November 2016, TraIT, BBMRI-NL, and DTL co-organised a workshop about data management tools for translational research. The session was part of a Partnerships MeetUp, organised by Lygature. Workshop participants gained hands-on experience in biomedical translational data management, data sharing and associated infrastructures. BBMRI-NL, DTL and TraIT co-organised five busy and lively mini-workshops in collaboration with experts from their partners, notably Erasmus… Continue reading
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