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de.NBI Summer School on Cloud Computing for Bioinformatics at JLU Giessen [2017]

The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) presents the rst Summer School on Cloud Computing for Bioinformatics that is organised at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen from June 25th until July 1st 2017. Recently, the BMBF provided a total of 6 Mio € as additional funding for the de.NBI network to establish a federated Cloud Computing infrastructure that will provide more than 15,000 CPU cores as well as storage capacities free of charge to academic research groups and and individual researchers working in the field of computational biology. 

Therefore, this de.NBI Summer School will focus on the utilisation of Cloud Computing infrastructures for bioinformatics. During the training, participants will gain insight into state-of-the-art Cloud Computing technologies and learn how to efficiently utilize Cloud Computing resources to develop and deploy scalable bioinformatics tools. Participants of the workshop could bring their own tools, which will then be used in a Cloud Computing environment.

Further details are available online.


4th International Symposium on Systems Biology of Microbial Infection (SBMI)

The systems biology of microbial infection aims to understand the interaction between hosts and pathogens by the integrative combination of experiment and theory. The focus of this symposium is on the interaction between the immune systems of humans or animals and bacterial or fungal pathogens. We welcome contributions that, for example, concentrate on

  • unraveling pathogenicity mechanisms by a systems biology approach,
  • reconstructing cellular networks based on time series data,
  • analysing spatio-temporal aspects of infection processes,
  • identifying diagnostic biomarkers and potential drug targets,
  • exploring strategies for personalized therapy.

You are cordially invited to attend this international symposium that takes place biennially at the HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection in Jena, Germany.


The symposium will be held on September 21-22, 2017.


The symposium will be located in the city of Jena, Germany, at the HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection that is part of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI), Beutenbergstrasse 11a, 07745 Jena, Germany.

Invited Speakers (all confirmed):

Collateral sensitivity network outlines the path to
targeted strategies against resistance

Lejla Imamovic
Bacterial Synthetic Biology, Technical University Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Mathematical Modelling of Streptococcus pneumoniae
Colonization, Invasive Infection and Treatment
Reiko J. Tanaka
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Systems Biology of Tuberculosis
January  Weiner
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany
Meta Systems Biology and Network-Based Drug Design
Hans V. Westerhoff

Professor of Synthetic Systems Biology and Nuclear Organization, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor of Microbial Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor of Systems Biology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom


You are invited to submit your abstract for a presentation of your recent work not later than June 15, 2017.


NEW FORMAT "Tandem-Talk": You can now choose between three options for your presentation, which are the usual poster and talk presentations as well as a tandem-talk presentation. A tandem-talk will be given by two speakers on the same topic, i.e. the speakers will switch back and forth one or more times during their common presentation. In this way, we want to strengthen the idea of systems biology and naturally expect an experimentalist and a theoretician to team up in such a tandem-talk. We think that this enables to more comprehensively represent both aspects of a systems biology project. To support this format, speaking time for tandem-talks will be twice as long as for normal talks.



For early bird registrations before August 1, 2017, the participation fee is 100 € per person.

Late registrations after August 1, 2017 are welcome at a participation fee of 130 € per person.


For more information, abstract submission and registration, please visit:


13th German Conference on Chemoinformatics - November 05.-07.2017

The divison Chemistry-Information-Computer (CIC) of the German Chemical Society cordially invites you to participate in the 13th German Conference on Chemoinformatics.

The conference will take place

November, 05. - 07., 2017

in Mainz, Germany.

The aim of the conference is to reflect and highlight the new role of cheminformatics in the modern information world. It will span a wide range of subjects related to the use of computers in chemistry, pharmacy, materials science and biology from chem- and bioinformatics to explicit modelling and from industrial applications to fundamental academic research.

Confirmed Speakers:

* Evan Bolton        NCBI, USA  

* David Case         Rutgers University, USA

* Bettina Keller     FU Berlin, Germany  

* Frank Kertscher    IBM Watson, Germany 

* Nadine Schneider   Novartis, Switzerland  

* Walter Thiel       MPI Mülheim, Germany     

* Jörg K. Wegener    Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium

There will be sessions on:

* Big Data and Deep Learning           * Molecular Modelling

* Chemical Information                 * Protein Modelling

* Chemoinformatics and Drug Discovery  * Simulations

* Databases and Data Handling          * Structure Determination

* Material Sciences                    * Target and ADMETox prediction

The scientific programme will include plenary and contributed lectures, posters and software presentations. The deadline for submissions of oral contributions and research telegrams is May 31, 2017. The deadline for poster submissions is August 30, 2017.

See more details at or the attached call for papers.

Registration will open in May 2017 at:


International Workshop on Statistical Modelling (IWSM) 2017

The 32nd edition of the International Workshop on Statistical Modelling (IWSM) takes place in Groningen (NL) in 2017 (3-7 July 2017). IWSM  is one of the major activities of the Statistical Modelling Society, founded with the purpose of promoting and encouraging statistical modelling in its widest sense. The spirit of the workshop has always been to focus on problems motivated by real life data and on solutions that make novel contributions to the subject. The atmosphere of the workshop is friendly and supportive, with no parallel sessions, with the aim of stimulating the exchange of ideas and experiences related to statistical modelling. Papers focusing on applications with important substantive implications as well as methodological issues are welcome. Submissions by students and young researchers are particularly encouraged.



Workshop on Computational Models in Biology and Medicine 2017

Joint workshop of the GMDS/IBS-DR working groups "Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics" and "Mathematical Models in Medicine and Biology"

March 2nd-3rd, 2017, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany

Workshop outline

This workshop intends to bring together researchers from different research areas such as bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology, who are interested in modelling and analysis of biological systems or in the development of statistical methods with applications in biology and medicine. A flyer of this workshop is available here.

Keynote speakers

    Michael Meyer-Herrmann, Helmholz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
    Korbinian Strimmer, Imperial College, London
    Arne Traulsen, MPI for Evolutionary Biology, Plön


    Bioinformatics in Infection Research
    Systems Biology and Modelling of the Immune System
    Bioinformatics in Personalized Medicine
    Open Topics

Registration and submission of abstracts

Registration to the workshop is free as long as places are available.
Register and submit your abstracts here. Abstracts may be submitted until January 21st, 2017.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be hosted in the lecture hall "Bayerhörsaal" at the clinical center "Klinikum am Bünteweg" of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover. The lecture hall is easily accessible by public transport. For details, please check the University's web page.

Bioinformatics for Human Health and Disease

The international symposium “Bioinformatics for Human Health and Disease” is hosted by the Heidelberg Center for Human Bioinformatics (HD-HuB) and will be held on November 7-9, 2016 at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.

This international symposium is launching a series of annual international conferences on bioinformatics by the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) and covers a diversity of topics concerned with human bioinformatics in disease related contexts, such as clinical genomics, human microbiomes in health and disease, integrative omics analyses, epigenetics, functional annotation and understanding of normal and cancer genome variants, bioimage informatics of cellular and tissue model systems, bioinformatics as a service in biomedical research.

We have assembled an exciting program with international speakers and representatives from the de.NBI network! Please refer to the symposium homepage for more information:



Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analysis: A Practical Introduction

Duration: 7 - 9 December 2016
Location: Munich, Germany

In a Nutshell:
- Learn the essential computing skills for NGS bioinformatics
- Understand NGS technology, algorithms and data formats
- Use bioinformatics tools for handling sequencing data
- Perform first downstream analyses and find differentially expressed genes

Scope and Topics:
The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) with a special focus on bioinformatics issues. Advantages and disadvantages of current sequencing technologies and their implications on data analysis will be discovered. The participants will be trained on understanding their own NGS data, finding potential problems/errors therein and finally perform their first downstream analysis (differential gene expression). In the course we will use a real-life RNA-seq dataset from the current market leader illumina.
All workshop attendees will be enabled to perform important first tasks of NGS data analysis themselves. The course layout has been adapted to the needs of beginners in the field of NGS bioinformatics and allows scientists with no or little background in computer science to get a first hands-on experience in this new and fast evolving research topic.


DNA Methylation Data Analysis Workshop (November 22 - 25, 2016)

  • Learn how bisulfite sequencing works
  • Understand how bisulfite-treated reads are mapped to a reference genome
  • Perform basic analyses (call methylated regions, perform basic downstream analyses)
  • Use shell scripting to create reusable data pipelines
  • Visualize results (ready-to-publish)

Scope & Topic: The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding of the use of bisulfite-treated DNA in order to analyze the epigenetic layer of DNA methylation. Advantages and disadvantages of the so-called 'bisulfite sequencing' and its implications on data analyses will be covered. The participants will be trained to understand bisulfite-treated NGS data, to detect potential problems/errors and finally to implement their own pipelines. After this course they will be able to analyze DNA methylation and create ready-to-publish graphics.

By the end of this workshop the participants will:


  • be familiar with the sequencing method of Illumina
  • understand how bisulfite sequencing works
  • be aware of the mapping problem of bisulfite-treated data
  • understand how bisulfite-treated reads are mapped to a reference genome
  • be familiar with common data formats and standards
  • know relevant tools for data processing
  • automate tasks with shell scripting to create reusable data pipelines
  • perform basic analyses (call methylated regions, perform basic downstream analyses)
  • plot and visualize results (ready-to-publish)
  • be able to reuse all analyses



Meeting der „International Study Group for Systems Biology“

Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena   
Aula - Hauptgebäude                                              
Fürstengraben 1 • 07743 Jena

04. - 07. Oktober 2016

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schuster
Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2 • 07743 Jena

- Infection modelling
- Regulatory interactions and signalling
- Plant physiology and development
- Biological thermodynamics
- Optimality principles
- Multiscale systems medicine
- Metabolic pathway analysis
- Towards whole-cell models

Wissenschaftler international aus den Fachbereichen:
- Biologie, Informatik, Mathematik
- Stoffwechsel
- Medizin
- Lebenswissenschaften



Workshop 'IT For Life Science @ Bayer', Leverkusen (Germany)

Do you want to improve people`s lives? Here is your chance!

Our workshop “IT For Life Science @ Bayer” is addressed to doctorate or postdoctoral scientists from various scientific disciplines with high affinity to information technology. IT-Experts with very strong background in natural sciences as well as computer scientists with a proven expertise in IT project management are highly welcome to apply. This workshop is also very interesting for graduates in the field of Medical Informatics or Medical Documentation.