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Please use the page below for ideas/suggestions for future meetings.

Introductory sessions/ice breakers

Topics/Themes for Future Meetings

Many of these are taken from the results of the survey we sent around after HUB1

Option Comments
10 biggest challenges in bioinformatics Used for HUB3
Role of bioinformatics in Omics analysis
How has bioinformatics changed biology
Dealing with problems of reproducibility of high-throughput/omics datasets
Why is ELIXIR important us?
How to exploit cloud computing for bioinformatics
Standards (i.e. data standards) in bioinformatics
How/should bioinformatics get more involved in governmental etc. policy? What could/would we like to do about this?
How high-impact bioinformatics publications come about
How best to publish bioinformatics studies and datasets
Problems and advantages of sharing bioinformatics data
Integrating, processing, and exchanging data
Visualising bioinformatics data Used for HUB10
Modeling in biology - features of attractive systems to model, successes, failures
Pros and cons of personalised medicine
Effectively communicating bioinformatics to the public and to non bioinformaticians Used for HUB4
Integrating and exploiting media and social media in bioinformatics research and outreach
Forging effective collaborations with clinicians/MDs
The horrors of collaborations i.e. the bad side of the success stories
Career opportunities for bioinformaticians/biologists/etc. - how to boost your career Used for HUB11
Future required skill sets in biology, best way of mixing physics, biology, chemistry, etc.
What can we do to improve bioinformatics education and training?
Collaborative projects / publications and how to get them done ?
Obtaining Funding (commercial/academic) to do bioinformatics Used for HUB2
Similarities/differences between use of computers in biology compared to chemistry, physics, libraries, etc. - what can we
Developing short sketches/plays/theater pieces focused on communicating/teaching bioinformatics Aidan Budd 16:08, 17 March 2013 (CET)
Developing a game to explain bioinformatics Used for HUB5
Seeing in the dark (Rumsfeld quote) Used for HUB6
The technical side of collaborative working - how to keep track of documents & file versions Used for HUB7
Writing together an (or several) open peer reviews of an article, e.g. as described in this blog entry taking an article from Aidan Budd, 8.6.2013
Developing together a piece of collaboratively-written Open Source bioinformatics-related software. I would wait for this until Holger has organised a follow-up version-control meeting so we have some more expertise in these tools before trying this out. Aidan Budd, 14.7.2013
User experience (UX) for Bioinformatics, using sketch notes Aidan Budd 5.9.2013 Used for HUB10 and HUB15
Soft-skill development, using resources provided on LeanIn, inspiration from Nature article on 'Self-taught soft skills' Katja Linssen 13.2.3013
Reproducible research and/or open data Flo, Jean-Karim, Iman, Xiaofeng, Bronagh
Wikipedia challenge (something to do collaboratively - Laura suggests contacting women, and is happy to contact the people who do the women science editing stuff) Laura
train the trainer Aidan
big data Jean-Karim, Flo
using agile/scrum methods/project management for bioinformatics Jon, Holger, Pierre
working collaboratively Iman, Mel, Holger
"fundamentals of bioinformatics" - how do you test predictions etc Iman, Manjeet, Matt
tools for dealing with post-translational modification Matt, Jon
open technology free-style = Unseminar in its purest form Aidan
data-management, ways of organising our work - show-and-tell, productivity, JK has taught that before and could use to introduce Used for HUB12 - Tame your data
brainstorming for topics of collaborative software project - randomise trials for actually comparing Manjeet, Aidan, Jean-Karim
How do you keep in touch with new developments in technology and the field?
Raspberry Jam - playing with our Raspberry Pi Matt, Holger, Bronagh, Laura, Mel
how do you advertise/publicise your results (let's remember to always invite people for flashtalks)
REST services: Working together on publishing an article on how to query the interwebs via REST services Holger, Xiaofeng

Play/sketch idea

Idea would be to use HUB to start writing/producing short plays/sketches that focuses on illustrating/highlighting/"teaching" some key skills in bioinformatics.

could focus on a super-fundamental topic, such as:

  • almost all bioinformatics tools are either focused on:
    • retrieving/linking previously-described experimental results
    • predicting function
  • different ways bioinformaticians think about function e.g. gene ontology
  • etc.

Probably good to try and make it humorous to make it as interesting/engaging as possible for a possible audience.

Motivation would be for outreach, conveying relevant/important ideas in an entertaining/engaging way.

Aidan Budd 19:48, 18 March 2013 (CET)

Seeing in the dark

In the same style as the multi-table swapping of HUB3, we could discuss how bioinfo could contribute to detect what we don't see (See the Rumsfeld quote).

Examples include:

Evolutionary relationships between sequences that you can't find by seq only.

LGT (Undersampling? Gain by LGT or loss in some branche? Real loss or undetected?)

Protein connections in networks that you don't find in large scale assays


Uncultivable bacteria

Metagenomics and sequence not-related to anything else

Missing metabolites in pathways (and the enzymes related to them)

Prt of unknown function

.... your favorite example here.

User Experience for bioinformatics

As bioinformaticians we often produce resources for others to use; there's a whole community out there that focuses on building good experiences for users ("User Experience" or "UX", would be great to engage with this community and think about how we can apply these ideas to our own work. One things I like is a UX focus on using sketchnotes, could have a workshop where we hear about UX, think about where we could use the ideas in our own work, do some traiing in using sketchnotes