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Dear <<First Name>>

As we commence 2017, I would firstly like to wish you all a very happy new year on behalf of EMBL Australia. I hope you enjoyed a well-earned break over the festive period.

I look forward to another exciting and fruitful year for EMBL Australia. Along with the Executive and Group Leaders, I am committed to progressing our strategic work and our continued excellence in scientific research to ensure EMBL Australia’s growth and success.

A particular source of excitement for the year ahead is the science calendar, which is already teeming with events – including many training opportunities for our students and staff.

Tickets to our cryo-EM and single-particle analysis training, a joint-initiative of EMBL Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, were fully booked within two days of release. February’s Galaxy Australasia Meeting – the first large, multi-day Galaxy event to be offered outside of Europe and North America – is expected to be equally popular, so please book as soon as possible to avoid missing out (see below for registration information).

We are also pleased to announce that the EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium (EAPS) and EMBL Australia PhD Course will both go ahead in 2017. Don’t forget to add those dates (below) to your diary.

I hope your year is off to a great start.

Best wishes,

James Whisstock

In this month's newsletter:

EMBL Australia training events

Please observe the following training events:

  • Training workshop on cryo-EM and single-particle analysis, Feb 1 – 3, Monash University (FULLY BOOKED)
  • GamE 2017 - Galaxy Australasia Meeting, Feb 3 – 9, Melbourne University
  • EAPS 2017, Nov 29 – Dec 1, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • EMBL Australia PhD course, July 9 – 21, Monash University

EMBL Australia PhD Symposium 2017 - Overcoming Chaos

We are excited to announce that the Garvan Institute for Medical Research in Sydney will host the 4th EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium (EAPS) later this year. The symposium will run from November 29 to December 1.

For announcements regarding guest speakers, registration openings and travel grant opportunities, follow the EMBL Australia PhD Symposium on Facebook or on Twitter via @EMBLAuSymposium and we’ll be tweeting on the hashtag #EAPS2017.

The event will be organised by students from several states. We wish to thank the organising committee (identified below) for their involvement and wish them well in planning the much-anticipated event.

  • Julienne O’Rourke, SVI, Melbourne
  • Ashlee Caldwell, SAHMRI, Adelaide
  • Andelain Erickson, SAHMRI, Adelaide
  • Jasmina Markulic, SVI, Melbourne
  • Autumn Bricker, Bio21, Melbourne
  • Simon Hardwick, Garvan, Sydney
  • Peggy Rentsch, Garvan, Sydney
  • Yolanda Sanguino, Garvan, Sydney
  • Sandra Brosda, UQ, Brisbane
  • Jessica Anania, Burnet, Melbourne
  • Tanja Racic, JCSMR, Canberra


Read more about the Australia PhD Symposium on the EMBL Australia website.

GAMe 2017 - Galaxy Australasia Meeting

GAMEe 2017 is a data-intensive biology meeting, which aims to bring together biomedical researchers, bioinformaticians, infrastructure providers and data producers from across Australia and Asia. The event, hosted by EMBL-ABR at the University of Melbourne, will run from February 3 – 9. It is a rare opportunity for the data-intensive life science research community to gather, as well as the first large, multi-day Galaxy event to be offered outside of Europe and North America.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • Friday, Feb 3: Researcher Training Day
  • Saturday, Feb 4: Conference Day 1: BIO Day for Galaxy users (biologists and bioinformaticians)
  • Sunday, Feb 5: Conference Day 2: INFO Day focussing on technical aspects of Galaxy (for bioinformaticians, tool and software developers)
  • Monday, Feb 6 to Thursday, Feb 9: Galaxy Administrator Training (for those installing and maintaining Galaxy servers)

Poster submissions remain open and registrations close January 27, with limited places remaining. Follow the conversation on Twitter via @GalaxyAustralia and #GAMe_2017.




View more details of GAMe 2017 on the EMBL Australia website.

Cryo-EM and single particle analysis workshop

The first workshop on cryo-EM and single-particle analysis – hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, EMBL Australia and Monash University – has been fully booked. Attendees to the February workshop will participate in hands-on practical sessions, in addition to problem-solving oriented talks from leading software developers in the field. Speakers include:

  • Steven Ludtke: lead developer of the popular and all-purpose EMAN2 suite of programs.
  • Hans Elmlund: lead developer of the SIMPLE/PRIME suite of programs for ab initio 3D reconstruction.
  • Jose Miguel de la Rosa Trevin and Roberto Marabini: developers of the integrative software tool Scipion.

This joint-initiative was fully booked within two days of ticket release. For more information and to register your interest for future workshops, visit the Simple Cryoem website.




View the workshop on the EMBL Australia website.

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