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BioJS Conference 2015
3-4 July 2015

Hosted at the Genome Analysis Centre ™
Norwich, UK

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What is BioJS?

Who should attend?

Researchers interested in visualisation of massive biological datasets
Bioinformatics developers interested in data visualisation
SMEs, Big Pharma and for-profit organisations interested in applying BioJS for their industry-based end user needs


3 July 2015

Time Topic Presenters Title
8.45 - 9.00 Introductions Manuel Corpas - TGAC
9.00 - 9.45 Keynote 1 Benno Schwikowski - Pasteur Institute Paris Why is visual analytics important for systems biology
9.45 - 10.00 Coffee Break
10.00 - 12.00 Industry Session
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch Break
13.00 - 15.30 BioJS Talks Session chair Rafael Jiménez - ELIXIR

  • Vignettes from a (potential) BioJS reference application

  • Web Components - a potential route to deliver visualisations to the reader.

  • Unknown Pleasures. A viewers view of visualisation
  • Visualizing personalized food-health interactions
  • 15.30 - 15.45 Coffee Break
    15.45 - 17.00 Lightning Talks Your talk as a participant
    17.00 - 17.30 Coffee Break
    17.30 - 18.30 Keynote 2 Yannick Wurm - Queen Mary University of London
    18.30 - 18.45 Closing Remarks Manuel Corpas
    19.00 Coach to Restaurant

    4 July 2015

    Time Topic
    9.00 - 10.30 Brainstorming session & project assignments
    10.30 - 12.00 First hackathon sprint
    12.00 - 13.00 Open lunch break
    12.30 - 15.30 Second hackathon sprint
    15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break & project status
    16.00 till late Third hackathon sprint

    Confirmed Speakers

    Friday 3 July

    Suzi Lewis
    Lawrence Berkeley Lab
    Steve Gardner
    RowAnalytics Ltd
    William Spooner
    Eagle Genomics Ltd

    Rebecca Lawrence
    F1000 Research Ltd
    Vijaya Parthiban
    Cambridgene Ltd
    Adrian Alexa

    Michiel Helvensteijn
    Leiden University
    Jessie Kennedy
    Edinburgh Napier University
    Dan MacLean
    The Sainsbury Laboratory

    Thomas Kelder
    Benno Schwikowski
    Pasteur Institute
    Yannick Wurm
    Pasteur Institute

    Industry Session

    Friday 3 July

    The BioJS Community have partnered with Repositive.io, an SME based in Cambridge, UK, to understand the needs, wants, and limitations of BioJS interfaces applied to industry-based end users. We will be including a round table including representatives from a variety of SMEs and profit organisations.

    Lightning Talks

    Friday 3 July

    This is your 5 min claim to fame! We give you the chance to give a 1 slide presentation talk for a topic on web visualisation, loosely connected to BioJS. You are also invited to talk about your past experience with BioJS. Please do not forget to submit the ppt presentation for your talk while registering for the conference. We will select 12 lightning talks from all submitted.

    Hackathon: Pizza & Code

    Saturday 4 July

    Integrating BioJS into Galaxy Hackathon

    Together with DNADigest we will be hosting a hackathon themed "Integrating BioJS into Galaxy".

    4th July
    Norwich (The Genome Analysis Centre)
    Sebastian Wilzbach, David Dao, Michiel Helvensteijn

    An unparalleled opportunity for hardcore JavaScript developers to have fun doing cool “Bio” hacking.

    Is the hackathon open to anyone?

    Yes of course, but please register through the Galaxy Community Conference Webpage so that we know how many people will come and can reserve enough rooms.

    Why should I get involved?

    You are a JavaScript developer and you

    What should I expect to happen during the day?

    I haven't worked with BioJS or Galaxy before - can I come?
    Don't worry - getting around in the web environment of BioJS isn't difficult and you will catch up pretty quickly. However you should have a rough idea about programming - knowing JavaScript (a bit) will save you some time ;-)

    I don't have an idea for the hackathon - what should I do?
    We will bebrainstorming possible topics in the beginning of our hackathon, so there will be plenty of possible opportunities for you.

    I will have a different project - can I come and code with you?
    Yes absolutely. Maybe you are from a company who wants to start using BioJS or Galaxy, or maybe you just have a small free time project that you want to finish. No matter what - if you happen to have project you would like to work on during the hackathon and just need a bit of advice or coding spirit - feel free to code with us. We are happy to help you too!
    If you already know your project, please add it here.

    Update: We started an open brainstorming document - we would be very happy if you get involved in our discussion.


    • Chair: Manuel Corpas (TGAC)
    • Co-Chair: Tatyana Goldberg (TUM)
    • Local Co-Chair: Benedikt Rauscher (TGAC/TUM)

    • Steering Commitee
    • Adrian Alexa (Repositive)
    • Manuel Corpas (TGAC)
    • Tatyana Goldberg (TUM)
    • Rafael Jimenez (ELIXIR)
    • Tomas Korcsmaros (TGAC)
    • Fiona Nielsen (Repositive)
    • Vicky Schneider (TGAC)

    • Local Organising Commitee (TGAC)
    • Haydee Artaza
    • Emily Angiolini
    • Chris Bennett
    • Helen Tunney
    • Matt Drew
    • Pete Bickerton
    • Manuel Corpas
    • Alice Deeley
    • Carlos Horro
    • Benedikt Rauscher
    • Vicky Schneider
    • Benjamen White
    • Anibal Bueno


    Location and Venue


    The 2015 BioJS Conference will be held at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), in Norwich, United Kingdom. Norwich is in the East of England, and has several convenient options for getting there. For detailed information about logistics please refer to the logistics page of the Galaxy Community Conference 2015.

    How to arrive

    By bus

    To reach TGAC by bus you can use Firstgroup buses 25, 26 that run from the rail station to the University of East Anglia campus, or alternatively, buses 11 and 11A or Konectbus buses 3 and 4 that run from the bus station which go to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Both bus terminals are a short walk from the institute.

    For more information and to plan your route please use the links below:

    By train

    The Norwich train station is another great way to travel, with direct routes to Cambridge and London, Norwich train station can offer easy access to other major cities be it for business or pleasure. However, Wymondham is the nearest train station to the Norwich Research Park and is only 7.6 miles away from the institute.

    To book train tickets or check train times please use the link below:

    By plane

    The Norwich international airport offers frequent flights to destinations across the UK and Europe. To view available flights and prices please use the link below:


    Registration Details:

    Registration fee for the conference is £50 and is inclusive of lunch and refreshments during the conference. There is going to be an optional restaurant dinner after the conference which is not included in the registration fee.

    Contact us

    The Genome Analysis Centre
    Norwich Research Park
    Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK


    +44 (0)1603 450861

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We'll be happy to help you out with all the information you need.