The ISMB conference ran from Sunday 12th to Tuesday 14th July 2015 in the Dublin Conference Centre, Ireland. Well over 1000 molecular biologists from a variety of sub-domains, experience-levels, and backgrounds banded together to exchange knowledge, present their research, promote their infrastructure and software, and converse with like-minded scientists.

Many of the speakers, poster sessions, and break-out groups discussed themes such as training, infrastructure, and technology; with a strong presence from ELIXIR in each. You can barely turn your head in the forum area without setting your eyes upon an ELIXIR representative sporting the ‘DATA FOR LIFE’ T-Shirt; deep in conversation with attendants about our activities.

Here's a summary of some of my favourite presentations on tech at this years ISMB.  


What’s new in the Galaxy (Project) (Dave Clements)

Dave presented a great overview of the latest features from the frontlines of the seemingly ubiquitous Galaxy ( project. These features were very warmly welcomed by the audience with several comments and questions echoing just how useful these changes will be to their current work (including high-praise from following presenter Audrey Michel of the RiboGalaxy project). The presentation included such new features as:

  • multi-sample analysisImage result for galaxy workflow

  • user interface improvements

  • tool usage and definition updates

  • using Docker for tool integration

  • integration with interactive environments.


FAIRDOM: FAIR data and model management in Systems Biology (Carole Goble)

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ELIXIR-UKs own Carole Goble gave an impressive presentation about the feature-rich research management platform FAIRDOM. FAIRDOM ( enables the systems biology community to produce Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible Data, Operating procedures and Models.

Heterogeneous data and models from systems investigations can be aggregated and interlinked in the central FAIRDOMHub, for stewardship and publication, or in a local FAIRDOM instance, for collaboration and sharing.


GenomeSpace: An environment for frictionless bioinformatics (Sara Garamszegi)

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Sara Garamszegi from The Broad Institute gave a fascinating talk about her project GenomeSpace ( GenomeSpace is a platform that supports an open community of genomics analysis tools. Using GenomeSpace, researchers can construct analyses requiring communication and data transfer between diverse tools such as Web applications and client-side tools. GenomeSpace supports cloud-based storage, handles file format compatibility issues automatically, and enables reproducibility of multi-tool analyses.

GenomeSpace also provides ‘recipes’ which concisely and clearly instructs users how to interoperate their data between GenomeSpace and the different supported tools.


BioJS 2.0: more flexible, modular, open web biological visualization (Manuel Corpas)

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Another ELIXIR member Manuel ‘Manny’ Corpas, the Technical Co-ordinator for ELIXIR-UK, gave a great, succinct presentation on his project: BioJS ( He started with an overview of the BioJavaScript library for the visualisation of biological data, and then delved into some of the latest updates including the adoption of the NPM package manager, browserify and several other JavaScript technologies. I must say, the new interface is looking very modern, well done Manny!


Event date: 
Sunday, July 12, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (All day)