Forum: Should We Have A Biostar Conference Or Meeting?
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gravatar for Michael Dondrup
4.6 years ago by
Bergen, Norway
Michael Dondrup43k wrote:

I was thinking, that it could be a nice event to finally meet some other Biostars in person, maybe in the form of a little conference, meeting, or hackathon, and discuss further development, future directions, policies, hot topics, and what not. What do you think?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.6 years ago by vedtopkar60 • written 4.6 years ago by Michael Dondrup43k
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If someone has suggestions for a good destination city - should be a major flight hub and easy to reach - put it forth. We have some funds from a grant that could pay for some costs (like reserving a conference room).

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 75k
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Why cant we try a Google Hangout and webinar series ?

ADD REPLYlink modified 4.6 years ago • written 4.6 years ago by aravind ramesh490
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gravatar for Istvan Albert
4.6 years ago by
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 75k
University Park, USA
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 75k wrote:

I would love to have a gathering of sorts, alas our greatest challenge may be that are that we are so spread around the globe.

When I talk to people about the Biostar userbase I walk them through the first page of the top users and tell about their location. Just see for yourself how many countries that covers.

We had some attempts to organize a Biostar get-together at existing conferences but those were tricky to get a lot of people to be present because one would already need to be attending these and many have non-trivial registration costs.

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.6 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 75k
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Why cant we try a Google Hangout and webinar series ? It would be accessable to most of us.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by aravind ramesh490
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gravatar for Leszek
4.6 years ago by
Leszek3.8k
IIMCB, Poland
Leszek3.8k wrote:

I don't know how many of you will be interested, but for me it's definitely worth of trying!
Funny enough, I have got several Biostars in my institution, but I don't know most of them personally!!!

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.6 years ago by Leszek3.8k
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hi Leszek, we should do a Biostar meeting in Barcelona :-)

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Giovanni M Dall'Olio25k

I completely agree, Giovanni! the location (if not meeting itself) should be tempting for many ;-) I don't have experience with such events, but people from administration (ie Blanka) will be happy to help.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Leszek3.8k
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4.6 years ago by
Niallhaslam2.3k
Dublin
Niallhaslam2.3k wrote:

Hi, I think it would be nice to have it as part of national meetings. In Ireland we already have regular informal meetings between bioinformatics people working in Ireland: http://www.gen.tcd.ie/vibe/

Personally I put a lot of value in physically meeting up and I think encouraging people to use biostars.org would be a great focus for a short meeting. Perhaps putting in for a SIG for the next ISMB would make sense?

ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.6 years ago • written 4.6 years ago by Niallhaslam2.3k
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I did Biostars At Ismb 2012 (Lbc) when I was going to ISMB last summer, but it kinda fell through due to other commitments...

ADD REPLYlink modified 4.6 years ago • written 4.6 years ago by Madelaine Gogol4.9k

Having it on national level is great idea! For Spain/Portugal it could be part of Jornadas de Bioinformatica (http://jbi2012.org)

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Leszek3.8k

We could try having another social get-together at ISMB in Berlin in a couple of weeks. I'll be there. There's usually an "official" welcoming dinner at ISMB; if nothing else, BIOSTARS could at least agree to move to the same side of the room at some specified time, like a little bioinformatics flash mob.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by seidel6.3k
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You could create a post or even an ad for this.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 75k
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4.6 years ago by
Josh Herr5.5k
University of Nebraska
Josh Herr5.5k wrote:

It always seems like a small subset of us are at a meeting at any given time, but I guess the question would be to plan to convene at an existing meeting for a day or two (PAG USA, PAG Asia, European Genomics Meeting?) or to plan our own meeting?

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.6 years ago by Josh Herr5.5k
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I think its generally easier to arrange to meet at an existing meeting.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Niallhaslam2.3k
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gravatar for Pawel Szczesny
4.6 years ago by
Pawel Szczesny3.2k
Poland
Pawel Szczesny3.2k wrote:

Well, what about having a large online meeting (conference, hackaton, whatever) first? I appreciate the idea of meeting in person (and I'd love to attend), but the level of success of the online meeting would actually indicate what can we expect (or what not to expect) from a meeting in RL. This is actually what I miss from the most of online communities - being able to show a strength online in coordinated, not distributed manner.

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.6 years ago by Pawel Szczesny3.2k
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gravatar for vedtopkar
4.6 years ago by
vedtopkar60
vedtopkar60 wrote:

As a novice BioStar, I would be incredibly interested in this! I agree that an online meeting of sorts would be a good first step. I know there are a good number of BioStars in the Cambridge, MA area, so a meetup here would definitely be quite feasible :)

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.6 years ago by vedtopkar60

May be possible to set something up during the American Society of Human Genetics meeting, which is in Boston this year. I'm planning on attending that. Not that that gets everybody but I'm sure there is a fairly active subset of Biostars users who do human genomics work.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by Dan Gaston6.9k

I would be very interested that!

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by vedtopkar60
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