Current and future scientific problems require multi-disciplinary solutions and research teams composed of members from broad domain backgrounds.
Over 5 days, participants will form multi-disciplinary teams to analyse a research problem using statistical and mathematical modelling pipelines, with the aim of uncovering new insights and observations. Combining big data analysis with modelling methods,i.e. combining statistical tools with explainable/interpretable models.
During the challenge, teams will be provided with data from one of the following possible topics (might be extended with other topics):
- increasing production of crop defense compounds in tomatoes
- deciphering the action of drugs to tackle breast cancer
- analyzing interactions between microbes in the human gut
- the synthetic design of microbial communities
Alongside an overview of the available data, teams will also receive supporting references, tools that may be useful for data analysis, and example research questions that they could look to tackle. At the end of the challenge, teams will be judged on the novelty of their analysis and the results they obtain – we encourage teams to think out of the box and to combine tools in new and exciting ways!
The Life Sciences Data Integration Challenge 2022 is targeted at PhD candidates and MSc students from life science, biotechnology, and bioinformatics fields. The course also welcomes post-docs as well as professionals from industry and research centers.
If you would like to supply a data problem to be analysed in the challenge, then please get in touch. Information about the
final projects being used in the challenge will be revealed at a later date.
The final details on the programme will be announced, enclosed the outline of the course programme.
- Dr Maria Suarez Diez and Dr Robert Smith - Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology, Wageningen University and Research
Lunch Seminar Speakers
For organisational matters:
- Cornelia van Bree-Evers, the graduate school VLAG, Wageningen University and Research
Date & duration
The course will be held from Monday 24 October 2022 till Friday 28 October 2022
The study load of this course is 1.4 ECTS.
The course language will be English.
Information concerning the course contents can be obtained from Dr Robert Smith
For organisational matters please contact: Cornelia van Bree-Evers
Registration & course fee
The number of participants to the course is limited to 25 participants. Applicants will be informed of acceptance of their registration within two weeks of the final registration date, October 1st. Participants will then receive instructions for payment of the course fee and further course details.
Course fee includes online available materials, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches and a course dinner but does not cover accommodation. The course fee depends on the participant's affiliation:
|WUR MSc students
|| € 150
|WUR PhD candidates affiliated with VLAG/EPS/WIAS/WIMEK/WASS/PE&RC
|| € 275
|All other PhD candidates/ postdocs WUR
|| € 500
|other academics/non profit organisations
|| € 725
|| € 1600
- Cancellations may be made free of charge until 1 October 2022.
- After this date the charge will be 25% of the course fee paid or due.
- No refund in case of no-show.
Flyer Data Integration Challenge