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

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
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