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Newsletter - October 2016

Interview: What is happening in the DTL hotel network?

DTL’s mission is to establish an interconnected research infrastructure that cost-effectively enables cross-technology life science research. To this end, around 120 Dutch life science expert groups have registered their facilities or expertise as public or private ‘DTL hotels’. “I consider the DTL hotel network the lubricating oil in the machine of Dutch life science research,” says Alain van Gool, scientific lead of DTL Technologies.

The hotel network consists of Public Technology Hotels (i.e., research groups that offer high-end technology or data expertise on a collaborative or cost-covering basis) and Private Technology Hotels (or ‘Service Providers’, i.e., companies that offer state-of-the-art technology services, mostly on a fee-for-service basis). DTL acts as a platform for the hotels to collaborate and coordinate their activities, across life science domains (e.g., health, nutrition, agro, biotech, and biodiversity) and across technologies (e.g., genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioimaging, bioinformatics, biostatistics, systems biology, computational biology, and ICT).

Van Gool: “Gathering in a national network enables the hotels to make the Dutch facilities and expertise findable. A hotel overview is available on the DTL website. In addition, the network makes the facilities more accessible, for instance through the Enabling Technologies Hotels programme.”

Enabling Technology Hotels
ZonMw and NWO-ALW have set up the ‘Enabling Technologies Hotels (ETH) programme’ to stimulate open access of Dutch research facilities in collaboration with DTL. Life science researchers can apply for ETH funding to get access to expensive equipment and expertise of a Technology Hotel. Van Gool: “There have been three calls so far. In the latest round, 28 projects were granted. Many of the earlier grant recipients have indicated that they will continue collaborating after the ETH project, for instance by jointly writing grant proposals or by financing follow-up research from their own means. So the programme has already resulted in fruitful new collaborations. I think DTL can be very proud of this. The next call of the programme is expected to open early in 2017. With a EUR 1.8 million budget, the 2017 programme will be twice the size of the previous one. Read more.

Please contact Merlijn van Rijswijk if you have a question about the DTL Technologies programme or if you would like your facility to be included in the overview on the DTL website.

FAIR data and open science

DTL joins the GODAN initiative
DTL has become a partner in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. This rapidly growing initiative advocates for open data at governments, NGOs and the private sector worldwide. Read more.

G20 endorse the FAIR principles
The European Commission has sent out a press release which states that the G20 support appropriate efforts to promote open science and facilitate appropriate access to publicly funded research results on findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) principles. Read more.

Realising the European Open Science Cloud
The Commission High Level Expert Group European Open Science Cloud has published a first report, including recommendations on the European Open Science Cloud. Read more.

Please contact Rob Hooft if you have a question about the DTL Data programme or ELIXIR-NL and contact Mascha Jansen for questions about FAIR data activities.

DTL Varia

New partners
We warmly welcome six new partners that recently joined DTL: Twente University, DDL Diagnostics, Pivot Park Screening Centre, Data Computing, Digeketen, and Castor EDC. All DTL partners contribute to and benefit from the collective development and application of advanced technologies and data approaches in life science research. Read more about our partners on the DTL partner list and please contact Ruben Kok if you want information on how to become a DTL partner.

KNAW Agenda 2025 for Large-scale Research Facilities
On 31 October 2016, the KNAW published its ‘Agenda for Large-scale Research Facilities’. The Agenda describes a selection of visions on which large-scale research facilities will be necessary in the future- operational around 2025 - to undertake innovative research at the forefront of knowledge, thereby contributing to the positioning of high-powered Dutch research groups in international science. The agenda includes three facilities that have a close link to DTL's scope of building advanced infrastructures for cross-disciplinary life science: Bioscopy, Health-RI, and M3. Read more

LERU summer school: the movie
From 10 to 15 July 2016, LERU, Leiden University, and Leiden University Medical Center organised the 7th LERU Doctoral Summer School. DTL supported the event. The summer school's theme was 'Data Stewardship for Scientific Discovery and Innovation' and it was received with enormous enthusiasm. The organisers have now prepared a video with an impression of the summer school. Read more.

What was the buzz at ECCB 2016?
On 3-7 September 2016, about 1200 experts in bioinformatics, biology, computational biology, medicine, or systems biology met in The Hague for the 15th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB 2016). The conference was a great success. "ECCB 2016 has set a new standard," says Torsten Schwede, Chair of the ECCB steering committee. Read more.

Please contact Femke Francissen if you have a question about the DTL community.

Upcoming courses, meetings, calls and events

BYOD on Wikipathways, Nanopublications and Rett Syndrome: 1-3 November
On 1-3 November 2016 Maastricht University will organise a Bring Your Own Data workshop (BYOD) on WikiPathways, nanopublications and the Rett Syndrome. The BYOD is part of the rare disease use case of ELIXIR-EXCELERATE, and supported by ELIXIR-NL. Read more.

Workshop: Openness and reproducibility in quantitative research: 2 November
The Center for Open Science and the Leiden Centre of Data Science will organise a workshop 'Openness and reproducibility in quantitative research' on Wednesday 2 November 2016. Read more.

DTL programmers meeting: 25 November
To encourage collaboration and communication between scientific programmers active in the Dutch life sciences field, DTL organises regular programmers meetings in collaboration with SURF. Subjects of the lectures and workshops range from new developments in programming languages through practical tips and tricks to direct life science applications. The next meeting is planned for 25 November 2016.

CORBEL open call: deadline 30 November
Project proposal submission is now open for the CORBEL Open Call, offering selected research projects the unique opportunity to access multiple research infrastructures with just one application. Submission deadline is 30 November 2016. Read more

Health-RI Conference: 1 December
On 1 December 2016, the Health-RI Conference will take place at Theater De Flint in Amersfoort. After last year’s successful event under the name 'Empowering Personalized Medicine and Health Research Conference', BBMRI-NL, ELIXIR-NL, EATRIS-NL, DTL, NFU, Health~Holland, FHI and FMS will jointly host this second edition. The conference highlights developments towards a unique nation-wide Research Infrastructure for Personalised Medicine and Health (Health-RI). Read more.

A complete list of upcoming courses and events is available on the DTL website. Please contact Celia van Gelder if you have a question about the DTL Learning programme or outreach activities.


Leiden University Medical Centre has multiple job vacancies in the area of bioinformatics. Read more.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a job vacancy for a Postdoc Dynamic modelling to quantify metabolic fluxes in bariatric patients. Read more.

A complete list of job vacancies is available on the DTL website. If your organisation is a DTL Partner, you can announce your job vacancies on the DTL website; please contact Femke Francissen for this.

Partner news

The Netherlands eScience Center has awarded the Young eScientist Award 2016 to Maureen van Eijnatten. The prize aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience. Read more.
Do you use the Dutch National e-Infrastructure for your research and do you have an awesome/interesting/fun visualisation of your work to show? Then enter your visualisations in the SURFsara Visualisation Challenge! Read more.
Edgeleap has partnered with the innovative multidisciplinary programme FIGHT-HF, setting out to revolutionise the management of patients with heart failure. Read more.
At the opening of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, GENALICE announced the release of a new version (V2.4.0) of its Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) secondary data analysis suite, GENALICE MAP.  Read more.
One Health BioBank is an initiative of Quaero Systems and Pivot Park Screening Centre. It is set up for anybody who collects biodata or wants to do so. After winning the Humanimal One Health Innovation award, the project has launched three proof of concept cases and is a rapidly growing bio-resource. Read more.
The second annual OHDSI symposium took place in Washington, USA, on September 23-24 2016, and The Hyve was there. Read their report about the event.
How does a cell decide what type of cell it will be after cell division? This process was described by Roeland Merks and Cong Chen of CWI in the journal Nature Communications. Read more.
Euretos has launched a new application to find new disease indications for existing drug targets: Indication Expansion. Read more.
Over the next few months, Medical Delta will be celebrating its tenth anniversary by visiting 13 core partners with a traveling exhibition to showcase what has been achieved in 10 years' time. Read more.
Researchers from University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and McGill University (Montreal, Canada) recently presented MOLGENIS/connect, which is a system for semi-automatic integration of heterogeneous phenotype data. Read more.
On 3 October 2016, Data Computing organised a one-day Python Booster Session in collaboration with SURF Academy. Read more.

If your organisation is a DTL Partner, you can announce your news on the DTL website. Please send your news items to Linda van den Berg.
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