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2nd Galaxy-ELIXIR webinar series: Open Data Infrastructures to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly from Jan 20th to Feb 24th

The Galaxy Community and ELIXIR organise a second webinar series to demonstrate how open software and public research infrastructures can be used in analysing and publishing SARS-CoV2 data.

In a series of six webinar sessions, experts from ELIXIR and the global Galaxy community from the US, Australia and Europe will demonstrate how open access and open science are fundamental for fast and efficient response to public health crises. The series follows on the first Galaxy-ELIXIR webinar series organised in April-May 2020. It will introduce the latest Galaxy tools developed for working with SARS-CoV-2 data and discuss some of the challenges in accessing, analysing and interpreting them.

The kick-off session of the webinar series takes place on 20 January 2021 and will run weekly on Wednesdays 18.00-19.00 EEST.

Session 1: COVID-19 analysis in Galaxy: Lessons learned and introduction to the series
Session 2: Importance of (open) infrastructures in responding to a pandemic
Session 3: Supporting the COVID-19 Data portal: viral data cleaning from human reads and submission to ENA
Session 4: Insights from selection analysis of complete genomes and read-level data
Session 5: Viral Beacon and Galaxy variant workflows
Session 6: DRS, long-read-sequencing, proteomics and more — an update to recent COVID-19 workflow developments

Registration is needed before each seminar and will provide access to the seminar recordings afterwards.
More information at the webinar series webpage

More information about Galaxy analyses of COVID-19 data:

ELIXIR Europe Training Survey

ELIXIR Europe is welcoming researchers to let us know your training needs. The survey results will be used to create and deliver trainings according to the research communities' needs.

The survey (link here) should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time to complete; questions with an asterisk require a response and it would be immensely helpful if you could spare the time to respond fully to all questions. Participants who share their contact details with us will gain early access to the results and will play a vital role in helping us to optimize the training programme. We value your contribution and look forward to sharing the outcomes with you.

“How FAIR are you” Webinar Series and Hackathon (Jan-Apr 2021) organised by CINECA

The “How FAIR are you” webinar series and hackathon aim at increasing and facilitating the uptake of FAIR approaches into software, training materials and cohort data, to facilitate responsible and ethical data and resource sharing and implementation of federated applications for data analysis.

The hackathon will be a practical online event to investigate gaps in the application of FAIR principles to project outputs and facilitate the implementation of FAIR approaches, where possible. The Hackathon will focus on cohort data, software tools including workflows, algorithms as well as web services, and training materials. The hackathon will be preceded by a “How FAIR are you” webinar series to provide background and introduce theoretical concepts that might be useful during the practical sessions. All participants are encouraged to attend or watch the recordings of the webinar series. 

The webinar topics include:

Introduction to FAIR principles - Open science through FAIR health data networks: dream or reality?  
Making Cohort data FAIR   
FAIR Software tools   
Practically Fair    
How to make training FAIR    
Ethics/ELSI considerations - From FAIR to fair data sharing

More information and registration is available at



GTN Smörgåsbord: A Global Galaxy Course, February 15-19 2021


For Estonian scientists the most important facts are:

  • will ensure that all the tools covered during the course will be available afterwards at the local instance
  • If you register to the Global Galaxy Course, please notify the UT Galaxy team ( as well, so you would be informed about future Galaxy events and local developments among the first ones.
  • Also, in case you have not used UT Galaxy instance at before, then please include your UT username (in case you have it) to the email above ( so your local Galaxy account can be created.

Galaxy Training event showcasing a wide variety of GTN (Galaxy Training Network) tutorials. This will be an online event, spanning all time zones. All training sessions are pre-recorded, so you can work through them at your own pace, and manage your own time. A large community of GTN trainers will be available via online support to answer all your questions.

The program covers a general introduction to the Galaxy platformNGS Analysis (DNA-seq and RNA-seq)Proteomics, and also features a Choose your own adventure day on Friday, where we encourage you to explore all the tutorials that the GTN training repository has to offer, and follow those that are of interest to you. The GTN tutorials cover a wide range of scientific topics, from NGS to ecology, climate science, machine learning, visualization, and many more. All the tutorials can be found on the GTN website

When: February 15-19, 2021 (all time zones)
Who: Open for everybody
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual event, all training session are pre-recorded, you can work through these at your own pace, with instructors available online for support
Support: Slack Channel (link will be provided here before the course)
Organized by: The Galaxy Training Network (GTN)CINECAThe Galaxy ProjectAustralian BioCommonsErasmus Medical CenterAlbert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgAvans HogeschoolThe Gallantries ProjectThe GalaxyP TeamThe ProteoRE TeamINAB-CERTHEMBL-EBIInstitute of Surgical Pathology - University Medical Center Freiburg.

More info and registration is available at

Do not miss the great opportunity!