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    March 19-20, 2020
    Florence, Italy


    The objective of the Conference is to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of innovation for science education. The New Perspectives in Science Education Conference is also an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current projects in the science field.

    The Call for Papers is addressed to teachers, researchers and experts in the field of science education as well as to coordinators of science and training projects.

    Experts in the field of science teaching and learning are therefore invited to submit an abstract of a paper to be presented during the conference.


    There will be three presentation modalities: oral, poster and virtual presentations.

    All accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings published by Filodiritto Editore with ISBN and ISSN codes. This publication will be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in Conference Proceedings Citation Index by Thomson Reuters (ISI-Clarivate). The publication will also be included in and indexed in Google Scholar.


    Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 22, 2019
    Notification of abstracts' acceptance / rejection: November 5, 2019
    Deadline for papers' submission: January 20, 2020
    Conference days: March 19-20, 2020


    For further information, please contact us at the following address: science[at] or visit the New Perspectives in Science Education conference website.

    Sunday 17 November 2019
    Denver, CO, USA
    Held in conjunction with SC19,

    Extended paper submission deadline: July 29, 2019


    Data-intensive Workflows (a.k.a. scientific workflows) are routinely used in most scientific disciplines today, especially in the context of parallel and distributed computing. Workflows provide a systematic way of describing the analysis and rely on workflow management systems to execute the complex analyses on a variety of distributed resources. They are at the interface between end-users and computing infrastructures. With the dramatic increase of raw data volume in every domain, they play an even more critical role to assist scientists in organizing and processing their data and to leverage HPC or HTC resources, e.g., workflows played an important role in the discovery of Gravitational Waves.

    This workshop focuses on the many facets of data-intensive workflow management systems, ranging from job execution to service management and the coordination of data, service and job dependencies. The workshop therefore covers a broad range of issues in the scientific workflow lifecycle that include: data-intensive workflows representation and enactment; designing workflow composition interfaces; workflow mapping techniques that may optimize the execution of the workflow; workflow enactment engines that need to deal with failures in the application and execution environment; and a number of computer science problems related to scientific workflows such as semantic technologies, compiler methods, fault detection and tolerance.


    The topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:
    • Big Data analytics workflows
    • Data-driven workflow processing (including stream-based workflows)
    • Workflow composition, tools, and languages
    • Workflow execution in distributed environments (including HPC, clouds, and grids)
    • Reproducible computational research using workflows
    • Dynamic data dependent workflow systems solutions
    • Exascale computing with workflows
    • In Situ Data Analytics Workflows
    • Interactive workflows (including workflow steering)
    • Workflow fault-tolerance and recovery techniques
    • Workflow user environments, including portals
    • Workflow applications and their requirements
    • Adaptive workflows
    • Workflow optimizations (including scheduling and energy efficiency)
    • Performance analysis of workflows
    • Workflow debugging
    • Workflow provenance


    Papers due: July 29, 2019
    Paper acceptance notification: September 1, 2019
    E-copyright registration completed by authors: October 1, 2019
    Camera-ready deadline: October 1, 2019


    Submitted papers must be at most 10 pages long. The proceedings should be formatted according to the IEEE format (see[...].html). The 10-page limit includes figures, tables, appendices and references. WORKS papers will be published in cooperation with TCHPC and will be available from IEEE digital repository.
    Software: BIRCH Bioinformatics System 3.50
    Submitted by Brian Fristensky; posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2019



    Introducing blreads: BioLegato GUI that makes it easy to run programs involving sequencing reads including
    • Read trimming, error correction and quality control
    • Genome assembly and quality assessment
    • Transcriptome assembly and quality assesment
    • Generation of differential expression data from reads
    BIRCH is:
    • A comprehensive desktop bioinformatics system which comes with many of the commonly-used bioinformatics programs pre-installed
    • A framework of tools, files, and documentation for organizing and managing a bioinformatics core facility
    • An expandable system that allows you to merge 3rd party programs and documentation seamlessly into the standard BIRCH distribution
    Download BIRCH at[...].html

    Visit our YouTube Channel at[...]ublic



    Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply.

    Nuclear DNA was first edited in the early 1970s, chloroplast DNA was first edited in 1988, and animal mitochondrial DNA was edited in 2008. However, no tool previously successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA.

    Researchers used their technique to create four new lines of rice and three new lines of rapeseed (canola).
    Events: Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky 2019)
    Submitted by Suzi Smith; posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    December 5-7, 2019
    Snowmass Village, CO, USA

    The Rocky series began seventeen years ago as a regional conference, and has grown into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. The presenters of the Rocky conference are scientists representing a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.


    I am happy to share the database PRRDB2, developed by our group for pattern recognition receptors. This will be useful for researchers working in the field of innate immunology or for designing vaccine adjuvants.



    Education: Introduction to GWAS
    Submitted by Carlo Pecoraro; posted on Tuesday, July 02, 2019


    September 9-13, 2019
    Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS), Université Laval
    Québec (Québec), Canada[...]se49/

    Physalia-courses in collaboration with Laval University (Québec, Canada) is organizing two courses (1 - Speciation Genomics; 2 - Introduction to GWAS) in Canada this September.

    2nd course: Introduction to genome-wide association studies (GWAS)!

    Instructors: 1 - Dr. Filippo Biscarini (Italian National Research Council); 2 - Eric Normandeau (Laval University, Canada)


    This course will introduce students, researchers and professionals to the steps needed to build an analysis pipeline for Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS). The course will, on one hand, describe all the necessary steps involved in a typical GWAS study; on the other hand, we will build a reusable and reproducible GWAS pipeline.


    The course is aimed at students, researchers and professionals interested in learning how to build a structured pipeline for semi-automated and reproducible GWAS analyses. It will include information useful for both beginners and more advanced users. We will start by introducing general concepts of GWAS and bioinformatics pipeline building, progressively describing all steps and putting them seamlessly together in a general workflow. Attendees should have a background in biology, specifically genetics; previous exposure to GWAS experiments would also be beneficial.

    Here is the full list of our courses and Workshops:
    Research: UC Davis: Dark centers of chromosomes reveal ancient DNA
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019



    In chromosome 11, they found highly diverged haplotypes of Neanderthal DNA in non-African genomes. These haplotypes diverged between 700,000 to a million years ago, around the time the ancestors of Neanderthals split from other human ancestors. The centromere of chromosome 12 also contains an even more ancient, archaic haplotype that appears to be derived from an unknown relative.



    French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said Tuesday it is partnering with Google to use artificial intelligence and deep analytics tools to sift through its data to find better treatments.

    The titan in online search "will apply technology and analytics on Sanofi's large real world database to better understand what treatments work for patients," the pharmaceutical firm said in a statement.

    July 19, 2019
    The Residency Towers, Chennai, India[...]y4-5y

    We invite you to attend the session and participate in the discussions. It's an interactive session with understanding and impact.

    Please register by clicking on the online registration link:

    We look forward to your participation.
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