ELIXIR organizes a hackathon on Machine Learning and BioStatistics

Dear colleagues,

the first part of a two-day ELIXIR international hackathon on Machine Learning and BioStatistics will take place on Monday, October 12, 9:00 to 17:00 CEST. Due to the COVID-19 pandemics the event will be held completely online. The second part of the hackathon will take place in mid-November 2020 – the exact date will be duly announced.

The hackathon topic has been chosen with regard to the results of an ELIXIR survey from 2019. The survey identified training needs across ELIXIR Nodes, and Machine Learning and BioStatistics was one of the topics with the biggest identified gaps in course availability and training material quality. That is why ELIXIR now organizes a hackathon to prepare materials for practical training in this field. The materials will be designed following the policies and guidelines of the ELIXIR Training Platform.

The first part of the hackathon (12/10/2020) will be focused on drafting a framework for practical training materials, including defining training goals, expected outcomes, and participants’ profile. The second part (mid-November) will have the purpose of finalizing the materials and designing exercises for hands-on training. materials authored during the hackathon will be publicly available through GitHub, under a CC-BY license, to be reused both within and outside ELIXIR.

All interested persons with knowledge of Machine Learning and BioStatistics are invited to join our effort at the hackathon. If you are interested in participating, please fill in the registration form by Friday, October 9, 2020. After this deadline all participants will receive links to the video conference system that will be used for the hackathon. We also ask you to spread the news about the hackathon through your networks.

For any questions and/or clarifications, please reach out to the main organizer of the hackathon Fotis Psomopoulos (INAB|CERTH, ELIXIR Greece) –

With kind regards,

ELIXIR Slovenia Team

Izobraževanje za delo na sekvenatorju Nanopore GridION

Spoštovani člani vozlišča ELIXIR Slovenija!

Vabimo vas na izobraževanje za delo na sekvenatorju Nanopore GridION, ki je del infrastrukture ELIXIR-SI. Oprema je dobavljena v okviru kohezijskega projekta ELIXIR-SI RI-SI-2.

Prva dva dneva (5. 10. in 7. 10.) sta dopoldan namenjena teoretični predstavitvi tehnologije Nanopore za aplikacije RNA in DNA, tretji dan (9. 10.) pa analizi podatkov. Teoretični del bo v celoti dostopen vsem zainteresiranim preko aplikacije ZOOM.

Praktični del bo izveden 5. 10. in 7. 10. popoldan na Medicinski fakulteti UL, v prostorih CFGBC IBK, Zaloška 4. Obsegal bo testna sekvenciranja RNA pod video nadzorom strokovnjakov Nanopore. Organiziran bo za omejeno število udeležencev, poleg skrbnikov opreme predvsem za raziskovalce z izkušnjami s tehnologijo Nanopore.

Podroben program in povezava sta navedena spodaj.

Vljudno vabljeni!

Več informacij najdete v vabilu.

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Anyone interested to attend the event can still register (here is the link to the registration form). Participation fee has to be paid when you register – the fee is between 10 and 90 €, depending on the country, academic position and membership in the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). There is a reduced fee for group registration. The price list is available on the registration form page.

Registration for Virtual ELIXIR Biohackathon is still possible

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Webinar: ELIXIR Training Platform resources & services for Communities

The webinar is intended for ELIXIR Community members who want to develop training courses and materials. It will take place on Wednesday, 9 September 2020 at 12:00-13:00 CEST.

The presenters will cover how you can contribute to the Training Platform and benefit from its services. The presenters will also cover the impact of training, the best impact metrics, and training optimization strategies.

You can register for the event at this link.

1+MG survey about genomic datasets

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The survey is available on the European Commission’s EU Survey platform. The survey results will be used to develop technical and policy solutions.