Organised by ELIXIR, GOBLET, the Galaxy Training Network (GTN) and supported by de.NBI (RBC Freiburg), a hackathon was held for Galaxy training material re-use in Cambridge, UK from 22-24 May. The 3-day workshop was organised by Björn Grüning (DE/de.NBI/Freiburg), Gabriella Rustici (UK), Frederik Coppens (BE) and Celia van Gelder (NL), and it brought together people actively involved in Galaxy training from across the world - Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, Australia and United States.

The main objectives were to build on an existing collection of Galaxy training materials (, which was initiated at the 2016 Galaxy Community Conference. Materials had been created for several topics including Genome annotation, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Exome-sequencing, MethylC-seq and Galaxy Tool Development, with varying degrees of completeness.

During the hackathon the attendees discussed, brainstormed and worked on the materials, improving and adding slides, datasets, tools, workflows, metadata (Bioschemas and EDAM), Docker containers and interactive tours. Github was used to track tasks and issues, and the GTN Gitter channel was used as a chat room ( A new structure for the training material repository was also discussed and agreed on, and new topics were worked on, such as small RNA-seq, genome assembly and metabolomics. Much was achieved and the work will continue post hackathon and at the 2017 Galaxy Community Conference in Montpellier, France June 26-30 (

Heidelberg has a significant number of research institutes that are known for their expertise in specific fields of biosciences. These institutes support life-scientists who are not only biologists but also informaticians, mathematicians, engineers and experts from many other disciplines, who together constitute a large bioinformatics community. These scientists from different research groups potentially face similar kind of challenges in their day-to-day work and develop highly specialized bio-computational solutions to address them, however, they have limited opportunities to share their ideas and collaborate with each other.

Heidelberg Center for Human Bioinformatics (HD-HuB) of de.NBI is hosting an event series – Technical sessions with de.NBier, in order to provide a common platform to the life-scientists in and around Heidelberg to network with each other and exchange their knowledge. We will organize this event periodically on various technical issues to facilitate discussions and opportunities for scientific networking in an informal set-up over drinks and snacks.



Future events

First Thursday of each month.

The general format of the event is to choose a technical topic every month in Bioinformatics, have two speakers present their experience and knowledge in a 10 minutes talk (something like ignitetalk:, followed by a general discussion in a world cafe format (
About us: We are the members of HD-HuB (, which is one of the partners of The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure – de.NBI (, a national infrastructure supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research providing bioinformatics services to life-science and biomedicine users. HD-HuB provides courses and training opportunities in diverse topics, in addition to hosting various events and bio-computational resources to assist researchers in and around Heidelberg.