The ISCB Affiliates program is designed to forge links between ISCB and regional non-profit membership groups, centers, institututes and networks that involve researchers from various institutions and/or organizations within a definied geographic region involved in the advancement of bioinformatics.
In June 2009, ISCB has approved NBIC’s application in the category of Affiliated National Centers and Networks.
Organisation website: http://www.iscb.org/
Under the auspices of EMBnet, leaders of a number of International Societies, Networks and Organisations met to discuss world-wide bioinformatics training initiatives, in Uppsala, Sweden on 2 June 2012. The participants concluded that, as a natural evolution of the achievements of the Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN), a Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET) is needed to coordinate world-wide bioinformatics training activities: to share, not duplicate, effort; to share, not duplicate, cost; to work together in a mutually respectful way towards common solutions and a sustainable future.
Celia van Gelder, project leader education at NBIC, was one of the participants of this inaugural meeting. Ruben Kok, director of NBIC, signed the Memorandum of Understanding, to establish GOBLET.
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Founded in 1998, the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics coordinates research and education in bioinformatics throughout Switzerland. In addition, SIB provides high quality bioinformatics services to the Swiss and international research community. Since 2008, NBIC and SIB have started regular visits and discussions on opportunities for collaboration on a variety of topics. One of the first agreements is to grant (PhD) students free access to each other’s PhD schools and training programmes.
In 2010 NBIC and SIB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. See also news item: SIB and NBIC formalise collaboration.
Organisation website: www.isb-sib.ch
For the first time, ELIXIR is creating an infrastructure – a kind of highway system – that integrates research data from all corners of Europe and ensures a seamless service provision that it is easily accessible to all. In this way, open access to these rapidly expanding and critical datasets will facilitate discoveries that benefit humankind.
The NBioSB research school is closely involved in the building of the Dutch ELIXIR node via the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL).
Organisation website: http://www.elixir-europe.org/
The Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (MCISB) at the University of Manchester has been awarded £6.4M by the BBSRC and EPSRC to pioneer the development of new experimental and computational technologies in Systems Biology, and their exploitation. The MCISB is intended to provide a hub for cutting-edge systems biology research in the Manchester area, acting as a focal point for the creation of the necessary ideas and infrastructure, and for establishing new methods and routines.
Organisation website: http://www.mcisb.org/
Biological function arises from the integration of processes interacting across a range of spatio-temporal scales. The OCISB (Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology) aims to develop theoretical approaches which not only address problems at specific scales, but which bridge scales in a computationally efficient and mathematically tractable way. The approaches will be applied to a range of bacterial and eukaryotic sensory signalling networks, populated with data sets at different levels of completeness. The predictive models that we develop will be used to guide experiments, the results of which will be used to refine the models. This iteration between experiment and theory will both provide quantitative insights into important biological systems and enable the development of new tools with broad application.
Organisation website: http://www.sysbio.ox.ac.uk/
SystemsX.ch is the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology. It is the largest ever public research initiative in Switzerland and focuses specifically on a broad topical area of basic research. The initiative advances systems biology in Switzerland with the claim of belonging to the best in the world in this area of research.
Organisation website: http://www.systemsx.ch/