The third Annual UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (UK-CBCB) 

27th-29th Sept ELIXIR-UK celebrated the 2022 UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (UK-CBCB), hosted online by the Earlham Institute. 

The UK-CBCB is the only National event of this type that covers the breadth of biological data management, analysis and sharing. 134 participants from all career stages participated in topic specific sessions, with speakers from Saudi Arabia, the USA and across Europe.

ELIXIR members were highly visible  – participating, organising and speaking, including Robert Griffiths, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, who spoke on ecological approaches toward synthesis of microbiome diversity & function.

All sessions were recorded and can be viewed on the ELIXIR-UK and Earlham institute YouTube channels soon.

Earlham Institute and ELIXIR-UK thank all session facilitators, speakers and participants for making the event memorable and productive. 

In the seven sessions over the three days, researchers tackled cutting-edge topics with presentation and discussions. Science areas like microbiome, bioimaging, structural bioinformatics and spatial transcriptomics and  technologies like Federated Analytics/Learning and AI were complemented by sessions debating open science and sex and gender bias in computational disciplines.  Batool Almarzouq from King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre / University of Liverpool,  spoke on how to  leverage  Open Science in machine learning and bioinformatics’, and Alba Jene Sanz from Barcelona Supercomputing Centre inspired the audience with the Spanish Bioinfo4Women programme. 

Serena Scollen, Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data at ELIXIR, keynoted on cross-border access to human genomes at scale for research and healthcare, and Ian Lewis, the new Head of Transformative Technologies at UKRI-BBSRC, funders perspective on transformative technologies in the biosciences was food for thought.

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