EMBL-ABR All Hands meeting 2018

29 – 30 November 2018

hosted by EMBL-ABR: Melbourne Bioinformatics Node, in Room 361, Arts West – North Wing | Professors Walk (Building 148A), Parkville Campus, University of Melbourne

Timed to coincide with a number of our network members being in Melbourne for the ABACABS/COMBINE meetings, our third All-Hands meeting was open to representatives from EMBL-ABR Nodes. The program included briefings from key people working on international bioinformatics initiatives, the Hub Executive and Heads of Nodes. Each Node provided an overview of its current and future activities and participated in a breakout session to help plan for 2019 onwards.


Thursday 29 November

13:30-13:40 Welcome, overview and aims of the meeting Andrew Lonie, Director
Session Theme: Updates from the Network
13:40-14:05 EMBL-ABR Hub Activities 2018 Pip Griffin
13:50-14:05 EMBL-ABR Training Report 2018 Jeff Christiansen, Christina Hall
14:05-14:50 Node reports: QCIF, JCU, SCU, ANU, UTas
Moderator: Pip Griffin
14:50-15:20 Afternoon tea
15:20-15:45 Node reports: UAdelaide, UWA, SIH, MB Moderator: Pip Griffin
Session Theme: EMBL-ABR and the Australian Bioinformatics Commons
15:45-16:15 Overview of the Australian research infrastructure funding landscape 2019-2023: and an update on Australian Bioinformatics Commons (ABC) planning Andrew Lonie
16:15-16:35 How the network can feed into ABC planning – EMBL-ABR Training plan Jeff Christiansen
16:35-17:20 Discussion: aims and priorities of the EMBL-ABR network in a world with an ABC Moderator: Jason Williams
17:20-17:30 Wrap-up and summary of the day Andrew Lonie
18:30 Dinner

Friday 30 November

08:00-0825 Tea and coffee
08:25-08:30 Aims of today Andrew Lonie
Session Theme: International Infrastructure Developments
08:30-09:00 The US research infrastructure landscape into the 2020s Jason Williams, Cyverse

(apologies: Vivien Bonazzi, NIH)

09:00-09:30 ELIXIR 2019-onwards Andy Smith, ELIXIR
09:30-10:00 The future of EBI Paul Flicek, EMBL-EBI
10:00-10:30 Discussion: the needs of the EMBL-ABR network in a world with maturing international bioinformatics infrastructure Moderator: Jason Williams
10:30-11:00 Morning tea
Session Theme: EMBL-ABR Future Capabilities and Connections
11:00-11:45 Group exercise: Future node capability mapping exercise Pip Griffin, Jeff Christiansen
11:45-12:50 Discussion: what should the future EMBL-ABR look like? In the next 1 year?
In the next 5 years?
What kind of connections should we focus on internationally?
Moderator: Jason Williams
12:50-13:00 Wrap-up, summary, next steps, thank yous Andrew Lonie
13:00-13:30 Lunch