Author Archives: Alan Williams

Multi-Scale Biology Study Group, 12th-15th December 2017

The University of Birmingham, with funding from the UK Multi-Scale Biology Network, will host a Multi-Scale Biology Study Group from 12th-15th December 2017. This event will bring together biologists, clinicians and scientists in industry with mathematicians to tackle research questions posed by the experimentalists, following the successful Multi-Scale Biology Study Group held in 2016.

Registration is free for up to 20 non-local UK-based researchers and will cover accommodation and subsistence. Places will be filled on a first-come first-served basis when registration opens shortly. Further details will be posted as they become available, any queries should be directed to or Interested mathematics researchers at all levels are encouraged to attend.

The call for problems will shortly go out – if you know of an experimental researcher who may be interested please ask them to contact Dave Smith ( or Rosemary Dyson (

ERA CoBioTech webinars

ERA CoBioTech, in collaboration with FAIRDOM, will provide data and model management support to all participating projects.

In accordance with the ERA CoBioTech call, the full proposal stage will require a section of the application dedicated to data and model management.

To help applicants prepare their proposals, and to learn more about the data management needs of the participating projects, FAIRDOM will host a series of webinars.

Dates for webinars will be:

Thu, Feb 2, 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET

Tue, Feb 7, 2017 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CET

To register for the webinar(s) please go to

The webinars will be organised as a 1 hour session and cover what FAIRDOM and its central data management services offer, what FAIRDOM would need in terms of collaboration to deliver the best service possible, as well as a checklist of data and model management topics to be covered in the proposal. This informative session will then be followed by an hour open for questions, discussions, suggestions with the possibility for scheduling breakout sessions.

SEEK Version 1.2 released

The FAIRDOM team are pleased to announce a new version of SEEK, version 1.2, available to download and install.

Version 1.2 includes a major reimplementation and design of support for Samples, along with many other improvements.

  • developed from discussions within the FAIRDOM-ELIXIR Samples Club
  • sample types with user-defined sets of attributes and attribute types
  • sample types defined manually or from a spreadsheet template
  • samples entered manually or read from a spreadsheet
  • validation of samples against the sample type
  • relations between samples and also to internal and external resources

From this version onwards SEEK is also available through Docker. For details, please see our SEEK Docker guide.

Full details on the improvements included in 1.2 can be found on the SEEK website

Upgrading an existing SEEK to version 1.2 follows the standard steps. Always remember to backup before doing an upgrade!