The 12th CeBiTec Symposium scheduled for March 19 to 21, 2018, will focus on big data in medicine and biotechnology. It is organized as a joint conference of the CeBiTec,the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI), and the Bielefeld Center for Data Science (BiCDaS). The CeBiTec is responsible for organizing the basic sessions of the big data symposium. The de.NBI network will organize the second day which is focused on the presentation of 12 use cases which are currently discussed in the ELIXIR organization. BiCDaS finally contributes to the round table discussion at the end of the conference which will deal with ethical and legal aspects of big data in medicine and biotechnology. The title of the symposium is well chosen since the CeBiTec is deeply involved in the production and the analysis of big data sets. On the other hand, the actual plan to establish a Faculty of Medicine at Bielefeld University underlines the goal of the symposium to discuss medical data

The 12th CeBiTec Symposium will follow a well established programme structure. At the end of the first day, a session with short contributions of young scientists is planned, followed by a poster session. Concerning the second day, the detailed presentation of ELIXIR use cases will be followed by two Distinguished Symposium Lectures informing on ethical and legal considerations of medical data. At the end of the second day the symposium dinner in a nearby restaurant is on the agenda. The third day of the symposium, finally, is reserved for presentations on the role of big data in
biotechnology, but also on the role of cloud computing in the age of big data science. The organizers of the 12th CeBiTec Symposium look forward very much to interest many scientists from Bielefeld University, from the de.NBI network, but also from abroad.