Author Archives: Wolfgang Mueller

NormSys & CHARME Tutorial/Conference: Future needs – today’s requirements, Building Bridges with Standards in the Life Sciences, December 5-6 – Potsdam, Germany

This meeting will take place December 5-6, 2016 at the Fraunhofer conference center in Potsdam, Germany. The tutorial will also cover an introduction into the FAIRDOM/SEEK platform for data management.

Standardisation issues are addressed in many fields in the life sciences, e.g. basic research, industrial R&D, education, technology transfer and application but these areas are often poorly connected.
The conference intends to explore the needs and the dimension of the relation between standardisation and innovation. Representatives from academia, industry and standardisation bodies who have been making exceptional contributions to develop and disseminate standards will inform and discuss with the participants the pros and cons of the use and implementation of standards in the daily workflows.
The tutorial will give interested staff insights in standard operation procedures (SOPs), experimental design, modelling design and a brief introduction into FAIRDOM ata management. This training will give an overview and hints how to plan an experiment to generate standardised data which are consistent and suitable for mathematic analysis, as well as how this can be handled and used to setup simulatable computer models.

The conference is free of charge.  For the tutorial we ask for a small fee.

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You can download the conference tutorial in PDF format here: Conference tutorial

Strategic research agenda – Systems Biology in Europe 2016

The overall conclusions of this Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) are that the field of systems biology has become an important component of the European
life sciences. A strong European systems biology community has been formed that is able to take initiatives, such as FAIRDOM (Chapter 5) and ISBE (chapter 7). The 5 most important recommendations in the SRA are summarised below.

  1. Develop novel larger-scale and longer-time funding schemes for academic research and for academia industry collaboration that link molecular and cellular processes with the physiological properties of tissues, organs, complete organisms, up to ecosystems. Such measures will have a major impact on health, food, bio-economy and sustainability. Chapter 3
  2. Make industry, in particular SMEs, aware of the opportunities, costs and timelines of building, validating and exploiting predictive models of biological systems, through dedicated training programmes. Chapters 4 and 6
  3. Increase the effi ciency and cost-eff ectiveness of research projects by making their integrated results (data, procedures, models, maps, etc.) FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-useable. Make the FAIR principle an explicit component of research budgets. Chapter 5
  4. Accelerate the incorporation of systems biology in current academic curricula; developing dedicated multidisciplinary MSc and doctoral programmes and foster life-long training for professionals. Chapter 6
  5. Invest in the development of European Research Infrastructures, such as the European Systems Biology research infrastructure ISBE, and make them the solid bedrock for this Strategic Research Agenda and other European research policies in the biomedical and life sciences.
    More details can be found at:
    Strategic Research Agenda – Systems Biology in Europe 2016

Review of NBI-SysBio-Workshop ‘Kinetics on the move’

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of SABIO-RK (Biochemical Reaction Kinetics Database), the Scientific Database and Visualization (SDBV) group of HITS hosted the Workshop on Data for Computational Modelling in Heidelberg (30-31 May 2016). It was organized as a training course for experimentalists and modelers by the Data Management Node (NBI-SysBio) of de.NBI and supported by the FAIRDOM project and HITS.

In the keynote talk Ursula Kummer gave an overview of SABIO-RK and Modelling Biological Systems. The following talks and hands-on sessions focused on the publication, curation, retrieval, and usage of kinetic data from the reaction kinetics database SABIO-RK and on the use of data in modeling. The second day was dedicated to data management including best practice in data and model storage and re-usability by introducing the SEEK system and incorporated tools. The talks and hand-on sessions were enriched by questions, lively discussions and feedback given by the approximately twenty workshop participants.

Written by Maja Rey of de.NBI and SABIO-RK