Using Open Science in Bioinformatics and Train-the-Trainer workshops

Following on from the success of last year's Best Practices in Bioinformatics Training workshop, the ABACBS Education sub-committee will once again organise a workshop in association with the ABACBS conference, in Adelaide in November.

For our Education and Training workshop on Nov 16th and 17th we have 2 topics: Using Open Science in Bioinformatics Training (1 day) and a Train-the-Trainer (1 day).

The Using Open Science in Bioinformatics Training day will cover aspects of open science in bioinformatics training and will consist of invited and contributed talks and panel discussions for more informal interactive sessions. What is open science?

The Train-the-Trainer day will consist of a small group workshop for those who are interested in learning more about how people learn, what makes a good workshop and how to design a short course to teach to others.


Venue: SAHMRI, Adelaide, Australia

Date:  Friday 17th November 2017

Overview. The Bioconductor project has undergone significant growth over the past 16 years, with over 1,300 packages for high-throughput genomic analysis included in the latest release. Many popular software tools from the project are developed by researchers from the Asia-Pacific region. To enhance collaboration and provide an avenue for networking, the Third Bioconductor Asia-Pacific meeting will be held following the ABACBS 2017 conference. This one-day event aims to bring together researchers with an interest in the Bioconductor project to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and future plans for software development. We welcome attendance from both users and package developers (current and prospective). The meeting will consist of a number of longer talks selected from abstracts, short ‘lightning’ presentations and software demonstrations to maximize the opportunities for participants to highlight their work and share expertise.

Key dates. Email proposals for longer talks / lightning talks to (Title and abstract of up to 300 words) by Friday 29th September 2017.

Travel scholarships

A number of scholarships ($500 AUD each) are available for students and Bioconductor package developers to help with the cost of travel to attend the meeting. To apply, please submit a brief statement (200 words or less) describing your interest in the meeting. If you are a package developer or maintainer please tell us the package(s) you work on. The due date for applications is Friday 29th September 2017. Please send applications to and include SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line.


Dr Matt Ritchie, Molecular Medicine Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Charity Law, Molecular Medicine Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia

Mr Stephen Pederson, Bioinformatics Centre, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia