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Future perspective

The Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre – as an NGI Technology Centre – is in a transition phase. The research, support and education activities in the NBIC programmes BioRange, BioAssist and BioWise end or move at the end of this year (2013).

The bioinformatics research projects funded by NGI will end this year, which will lead to the finalisation of the BioRange programme December 31st, 2013. The programme has led to an impressive list of scientific publications, theses, tools and most of all: a new generation of well-trained bioinformaticians.

The courses of the NBIC PhD school developed within the BioWise programme will be part of the BioSB Research school, an initiative of a number of bioinformatics & computational biology groups from the NBIC network in close collaboration with the Netherlands Centre for Systems Biology (NCSB). The research school will continue the training of bioinformatics researchers, and be the new umbrella for the bioinformatics community in the Netherlands.

The research school will also become host of the yearly Netherlands Bioinformatics Conference. April 8 and 9, 2014 the bioinformatics community will meet again in De Werelt in Lunteren. This way the NBIC community will be sustained.

Bioinformatics@school will slightly decrease in size, but one of the most important activities will continue: our mobile DNA-lab! Thanks to the NGI Valorisation Award (2011) all mobile labs (www.dnalabs.nl) can continue to travel to Dutch high schools at least till April 2015. We are still looking for funding possibilities to be able continue the other activities after December 2013, such as teacher training, development of educational material, helpdesk for teachers and students, and  outreach to the general public.

Many of the activities of the Bioinformatics-as-a-service programme BioAssist will be moved into the DTL|Data programme of the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences,  that will function as an expert network helping life scientists in the health, nutrition, crop and livestock breeding and industrial microbiology sectors with all their data handling.

The NBIC office, the BioAssist Engineering team and the NBIC directors thank you for your collaboration with(in) and interest in NBIC. We will meet again in 2014 at DTL or Research School events in the future!

*) Please note: the URL www.nbic.nl will be redirected to the website of the Research School, where you can find all information about bioinformatics training, education and events in the future.