Bioinformatics in the Netherlands

The scientific journal Briefings in Bioinformatics recently published a paper about the history of Bioinformatics in the Netherlands. The authors are affiliated to DTL, ELIXIR-NL, and BioSB and they describe the process of building the Dutch Bioinformatics community since 2003: from NBIC to DTL, ELIXIR-NL, and BioSB. Read the paper.

FAIR workshop on 14 September

On 14 September 2017, the Netherlands eScience Center organises a workshop for researchers and policy makers on FAIR data in Amsterdam. FAIR data refers to data being Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable, with the goal to make science more transparent, efficient and accessible. It is expected that the FAIR principles will increasingly be used by funding agencies and institutes in the… Continue reading

Amgen Foundation launches Amgen Biotech Experience in the Netherlands

In the next three years, the DNA Labs on the Road will collaborate with the Amgen Biotech Experience to educate Dutch high school students about biotechnology. The ‘Reizende DNAlabs’ (DNA labs on the road) are mobile practicals that educate high school students about DNA, genes, genomics, and the latest research techniques. The project has been up and running since 2006 and over 200.000 high… Continue reading

Training courses ELIXIR Belgium

ELIXIR Belgium will be holding four training courses in Autumn 2017: Bio-molecular data-mining, Functional Plant Bioinformatics, Python for data processing, and Fundamental data skills for data-driven research. More information and registration.

Developing a strategy for computational lab skills training through Software and Data Carpentry

Quality training in computational skills for life scientists is essential to allow them to deliver robust, reproducible, and cutting-edge research. ELIXIR has adopted a well-established and progressive programme of computational lab and data skills training from Software and Data Carpentry, aimed at increasing the number of skilled life scientists and building a sustainable training community in this field. Recently, Aleksandra Pawlik (New Zealand eScience… Continue reading

Groningen Techcentre for Life Sciences: towards the first local DTL

DTL is a network of Dutch life sciences professionals that jointly develop an interconnected research infrastructure. Our focus is on FAIR data treatment, accessible high-end technologies, and expert training: Data, Technologies, and Learning. People at Groningen University and UMCG are now establishing a local version of the national DTL network. Dr Morris Swertz, Dr Salome Scholtens, and Dr Marina de… Continue reading

Looking back on the 5th National DNA Lab Day

The 5th edition of the National DNA Lab Day for Dutch high school teachers took place on 7 April 2017. The event attracted 150 participants.  The DNA lab day was organised by the ‘Reizende DNAlabs’ (DNA labs on the road). These are mobile practicals that educate high school students about DNA, genes, genomics, and the latest research techniques. The project has been… Continue reading

Data Carpentry Genomics comes to the Netherlands

In March 2017, one of the first Data Carpentry Genomics workshops in Europe was organised by DTL/ELIXIR-NL, the Netherlands eScience Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, and SURFsara. Twenty-five life science researchers from across the Netherlands and Germany joined the event. The workshop covered multiple aspects of working with genomics data. Read more.

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
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