On the road: CSS and eResearch Conference 2014

Next week I’ll be in Melbourne for one of my favourite meetings, the annual Computational and Simulation Sciences and eResearch Conference.

The main reason for my visit is the Bioinformatics FOAM workshop. Day 1 (March 27) is not advertised since it is an internal CSIRO day, but I’ll be presenting a talk titled “SQL, noSQL or no database at all? Are databases still a core skill?“. Day 2 (March 28) is open to all and I’ll be talking about “Learning from complete strangers: social networking for bioinformaticians“.

I imagine these and other talks will appear on Slideshare soon, at both my account and that of the Australian Bioinformatics Network.

I’m also excited to see that Victoria Stodden is presenting a keynote at the main CSS meeting (PDF) on “Reproducibility in Computational Science: Opportunities and Challenges”.

Hope to see some of you there.

On the road: ComBio 2007

Heading off to Sydney today for ComBio 2007. It’s the annual meeting of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and usually features a wide-ranging program including some bioinformatics, “-omics” and structural biology. I’m looking forward to a couple of talks from overseas guest Peer Bork this year. On a personal note, Sydney was home for 6 years, so I’m looking forward to spending time there.

Previous experience has shown that freely-available internet access of any kind is unlikely at ComBio (despite being held in a convention centre with great wireless facilities), so blogging may be sporadic. Furthermore, as the meeting is in the heart of the Sydney CBD, we are informed that “accordingly, lunches do not need to be provided”. No wonder tourists complain that Sydney is an expensive place. I’m beginning to wonder exactly what’s covered by the registration fee!