23rd Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and the 14th European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB/ECCB)
ELIXIR will co-host a 'special session' with the National Institute of Health's Big Data to Knowledge inititive (NIH BD2K) at this years ISMB/ECCB conference to be held in Dublin, Ireland, 10-14 July 2015, examining the relationship between our two initiatives though a number of presentations and opportunity for discussion.
The session will start with representatives from ELIXIR and BD2K talking about their respective priorities and programmes. It will conclude with a panel discussion comparing NIH data management practices and 'data commons’ approach, with the more federated European approach. It will assess the added value to be gained in aligning efforts between the initiatives and provide the opportunity for lively discussion and audience questions to senior representatives from BD2K and ELIXIR Nodes.
The special session will be held on Monday 13th of July, 14:00-15:00. Read more on the ISMB/ECCB website.
ELIXIR will also be exhibiting at the conference. Please come visit us at booth 15.
The annual Galaxy Community Conference (GCC) brings together researchers, developers and administrators working with the Galaxy platform. The 2015 edition of the conference is hosted by the The Sainsbury Lab, Norwich UK; the programme features presentations, poster sessions, exhibition, networking events as well as hackathons and Training Days.
Preceding the Galaxy Community Conference, the annual BioJS Conference will bring together experts in visualisation of biological datasets, bioinformatics developers, pharmaceutical industry, and anyone interested in data visualisation in bioinformatics.
The second event of the ELIXIR Pilot Project ”Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR” will be hosted by the ELIXIR Netherlands on 22-25th June 2015.
The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: 'Data-driven innovation in the pharma and biotech industries' took place in Basel, Switzerland, on 9 June 2015. Organised by SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and ELIXIR, alongside the successful Basel Computational Biology Conference (7-10 June 2015), the event was attended by over 70 participants. Companies in attendance included Novartis, Sanofi, Lonza Bioscience, 4-Antibody AG, ALK, IBM, QIAGEN and many more.
ELIXIR Finland will be holding an event to celebrate its launch at the Finnish Natural History Museum (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13) in Helsinki on 4th May 2015 at 15:00- 18:00.
The event will include keynote presentations from members of the life science community and the Ministry of Education and Culture; and demonstrations of the impact of infrastructure services offered by the Node. Refreshments will also be provided.
Register for the event here by 20th April, or by email to johanna.latti [at] csc.fi.
On 30th and 31st March 2015 the first ELIXIR 'all-hands meeting' took place at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK, with 150 participants attending from across the ELIXIR Nodes.
The programme encompassed plenaries, updates on the pilot actions, as well as breakouts to plan for 2016.
Photos from the meeting can be found here.
The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found below.
In this third event of the ELIXIR Webinar series, representatives from ELIXIR's Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) task force will present an update on the outcome from the ELIXIR AAI Pilot for distributed authentication of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) first launched in 2012. The webinars are open for anyone to join and will consist of a presentation, which will then be opened up for discussion.
More information about the event can be found here.
If it is your first time using WebEx, we would suggest joining the meeting 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, in order to quickly install the relevant software and optimize the audio before the webinar starts.
As a part of the ”Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR” pilot, the Finnish ELIXIR Node is hosting a Data Carpentry workshop.
The Data Carpentry workshop is aimed at researchers in the life sciences at all career stages. Data Carpentry is designed to teach basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- How to use spreadsheet programs (such as Excel) more effectively, and the limitations of such programs.
- Getting data out of spreadsheets and into more powerful tools (R).
- Using databases, including managing and querying data in SQL.
- Workflows and automating repetitive tasks, in particular using the command line shell.
For more details and registration, visit: http://apawlik.github.io/2015-03-18-csc-espoo
The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: 'Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries' took place in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 18-19 March 2015.
Jointly organised by the ELIXIR-NL and the ELIXIR Hub, the event was attended by 80 participants including over 50 companies from large and small companies active in the plant sciences, food and livestock domains. The event:
- Introduced delegates to some of the free tools, data resources and services that are available through ELIXIR;
- Stimulated interaction between participants and support the long term innovation of the participating companies; and
- Allowed for networking and exchange of ideas between companies and ELIXIR partners during a 'snakepit' discussion