UBC webinars: engaging and extending our community

Utrecht Bioinformatics Center

UBC webinars: engaging and extending our community

Our monthly seminars switched to online webinars, and through that we reach out to potential collaborators and interesting scientific topics outside the inner circle of the UBC community. At the cost of engaging with UBC community members, this gives us the great opportunity to engage with foreign guest speakers and make the content available for members to watch back. It is great to see that this worked out really nice with four invited speakers.

  • Sergio Martinez Cuesta (CRUK Cambridge, UK) talking on methods developed for studying epigenetic variation; 
  • Eric Garrisson (UC Santa Cruz, USA) enlightening us on pangenome variation graphs;
  • Pjotr Prins (University Tenessee, USA) and Joep de Ligt (Insitute of Environmental Science and Research, New Zealand) presenting their work on covid-19 research and FAIR data sharing. 

NIOZ mini conference
We also had an exciting online mini conference in April together with NIOZ, the royal Netherlands institute for sea research to stimulate interactions between UBC and NIOZ on bioinformatic and computational biology topics. Three speakers from NIOZ, 

  • Nina Dombrowski, 
  • Jeroen Hoekendijk and 
  • Julia Engelmann 

presented great science in marine biology and how bioinformatics and deep learning methods are applied to address important scientific questions. This also showed that there are ample opportunities to collaborate and we are sure that there will be more interactions in the future.

UBC seminars
When covid-19 hit us in March 2020, we decided to change the format of the UBC seminars. The monthly UBC seminar series has always been an important pillar for our community Since starting the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center several years ago. Colleagues engage with each other and learn about the great science happening in the different research groups of UBC. With two scientific presentations on each first Monday of the month, interspersed with a few thematic sessions focused on teaching and infrastructure developments, the seminar series have seen over 50 editions at the beginning of 2020.

More information
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