EMBL-ABR Webinars

EMBL-ABR webinars are open for all to attend.

All our webinars are recorded and uploaded to the EMBL-ABR YouTube channel. Links to the recordings are added to this page within one week of the event.

Our thanks to ANDS-Nectar-RDS for partnering with us to bring the webinar series to the Australian life sciences research community.

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21 AUGUST: Teaching and training: lessons from education and cognitive science to promote learning

In 2017, Feldon et al. published a study of the results of federally (grant) -funded “bootcamp” type training in data science/technology that was aimed at doctoral-level graduate students in the US. Their results showed that these short/sharp training experiences did not, in fact, lead to any discernable differences between students who did, and those who did not, attend the workshops. This webinar will discuss these results as not surprising – given what is known about adult learners, cognition, and common design characteristics of both short/sharp and longer instructional opportunities. To overcome the difficulties the Feldon et al. results highlighted, we will examine lessons from education; from cognitive science; and from the Data and Software Carpentries. These lessons can be applied to any adult learning experience (“bootcamp”, course, program or curriculum).

Presenter: Prof Rochelle Tractenberg, Georgetown University USA

Dr Rochelle Tractenberg is a tenured professor in the Department of Neurology at Georgetown University (USA), with secondary appointments in the Departments of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics and Rehabilitation Medicine. She is an accredited professional statistician with over 20 years of experience designing and analysing experimental research; and a research methodologist specialising in designs and analyses with “difficult to measure” outcomes in biomedical and clinical domains. Additionally, with PhDs in psychology/cognitive sciences (1997) and measurement, statistics, and evaluation (2009), she focuses on curriculum development and evaluation in higher (graduate/post graduate and professional) education, training new scientists for ethical practice, and statistical literacy for effective stewardship of the discipline in PhD students/holders in particular.

Prof Tractenberg was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2016 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017. She is involved nationally and internationally in educational and training initiatives that feature the curriculum development, evaluation, and revision tool she created, the Mastery Rubric. In addition to supporting effective curricula (i.e., where intended and actual learning goals are aligned), this construct provides the first way to bring psychometrically-defined validity to curriculum decisions. She maintains active research portfolios in curriculum development, research ethics education, and multiple clinical domains.

Date/time: Thursday 21 August 2018 12:00-13:00 AEST

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/289650237669423619


12 JULY: Bioconda and the Conda Package Manager

Bioconda is the most popular and widely used bioinformatics channel for Conda (the package, dependency and environment management tool for any language—Python, R, Ruby, Lua, Scala, Java, JavaScript, C/ C++, FORTRAN). By adding a tool to the Bioconda ecosystem, it becomes widely available as an installable tool package for various operating systems and hardware that is stored in a fully-supported, global repository of bioinformatics tools. This webinar will cover Bioconda basics and how Australian researchers can use it to streamline bioinformatics tool wrapping for use on various systems.

Presenter: Thom Cuddihy, QFAB and University of Queensland RCC

Date/time: Thursday 12 July 2018 12:00-13:00 AEST

Recording: is on the EMBL-ABR YouTube channel

Slides: are available on EMBL-ABR’s Slideshare


14 JUNE: Galaxy-Australia: Bioinformatics tools without the scripting, and with reference data and compute included.

Galaxy Australia is the open access, free to use portal for Australian life science researchers to perform data manipulation and analysis. Incorporated and accessible through the Australian-made Genomics Virtual Lab, Galaxy Australia has recently been upgraded to incorporate new features, extended compute and quotas and more training resources. This webinar will showcase these new resources and services.


Presenters: Dr Gareth Price, Service Manager of Galaxy Australia and Simon Gladman, System Architect and Tools Expert

Date/time: Thursday 14 June 2018 12:00-13:00 AEST

Recording: is on the EMBL-ABR YouTube channel

Slides: Gareth Price, Simon Gladman