ICT For Life Sciences Forum

Global Biomolecular Information Infrastructure and Potential Australian Roles

Registrations closed – Thursday 28 June 2012
Biology has developed high-throughput methods to collect staggering amounts of data on the molecules of life, their interactions and behaviour. In response to this, global science has established extensive collections of biomolecular data and their phenotypic correlates.

Major service centres such as the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), the National Center for Biology Information (NCBI) in the USA, Japan’s Centre for Information Biology and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, collaborate to collect organise and share this information with the scientific community. Modern basic and applied life science could not progress without access to this vast store of knowledge and the tools to exploit it. As the deluge of increasingly diverse data threatens to overwhelm us, creativity in exploitation of state-of-the-art IT methodologies is essential to render the task tractable. New international structures are emerging to share this task and optimise the benefit to science and to society from the information and the research it enables.

Graham Cameron joined the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) in 1982 in the launch phase of the EMBL Data Library. In 1986 he took over the leadership of that project, overseeing substantial growth and the expansion into the provision of protein sequence data alongside the DNA data (a collaboration with the University of Geneva and latterly the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics). He developed the concept for the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and was responsible for the final EBI proposal which was accepted by the EMBL Council in 1992. He oversaw the selection process which resulted in the location of the EBI in the UK, managed its launch through 1993 to 1994, and oversaw the relocation of the Data Library activities from Heidelberg to the UK. Until April 2012 he carried oversight responsibility for the EBI services, sharing the EBI Directorship with Michael Ashburner from 1998 to 2001. He coordinated many major European Commission funded projects which raised substantial funding for the EBI and more than 20 other European partners. Within the context of EMBL Australia, he is about to join the University of Queensland to help develop bioinformatics services which will incorporate and expand on the recently launched EBI Mirror.

 

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6 PM, Thursday, 28th June, 2012
(Please note refreshments served from 5 PM)
The Auditorium,
Melbourne Brain Centre,  Kenneth Myer Building,
The University of Melbourne
Cnr. Royal Parade & Genetics Lane, Parkville