The online ML4Microbiome Symposium “Grand Challenges of Data-Intensive Science in microbiome & metagenome data analysis and training” will be held on October 14th, 2021, from 12:00 to 16:15 CEST.

The Symposium is organised by ML4Microbiome in collaboration with EMBnet – The Global Bioinformatics Network and  GOBLET – The Global Organisation for Learning, Education and Training in Bioinformatics and the support of ELIXIR Italian Node and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Bari (IT). It is a joint event of the “EMBnet & GOBLET Annual General Meeting 2021”, which attract every year hundreds of researchers from all over the world to share and discuss issues related to Education & Training, and research in Bioinformatics.

The focus of the Symposium will be on cutting-edge topics related to the analysis of microbiome data, emerging machine learning technologies and their application for the classification and standardization of sequencing data and associated metadata for the interpretation of their biological meaning. The aim is to give an overview of ML4Microbiome activities, work in progress and achievements to a large community of researchers working in the same or related fields to foster and increase ML4Microbiome collaborations in both research & training.

Registration is free of charge and open to everybody in the research community. Link to the registration form reported on the bottom.

Zoom connection details to access the Symposium room will be sent before the event starts to registered people.


Time Topic
12:00-12:05 Welcome
12:05-12:15 The ML4Microbiome COST Action: aims & state-of-the-art report

Domenica D’Elia, ML4-WG 4 Leader, CNR-ITB, Italy

12:15-12:45 Open data science in microbiome research

Leo LahtiML4-WG 2 Leader – University of Turku, Finland

12:45-13:00 Break
13:00-13:30 The ELIXIR Machine Learning Focus Group: achievements and road ahead

Fotis PsompoulosELIXIR ML Focus Group Chair – Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece”

13:30-14:00 Lessons learnt in Benchmarking in the context of OpenEBench/ELIXIR Communities

Salvador Capella-Gutierrez – ELIXIR ML Focus Group & ELIXIR Tools Platform Executive Committee (ExCo), Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) Coordination Node, Barcelona, Spain

14:00-14:15 The ELIXIR CNR.BiOmics platform: an Italian infrastructure for BIG DATA production, analysis and training

 Graziano Pesole, University of Bari and CNR-IBIOM, Italy, ELIXIR Italian Node Coordinator

14:15-14:30 Break
14:30-15:00 Machine Learning & Microbiome for Precision Nutrition

Enrique Carrillo – ML4 member – Head Computational Biology Group, Precision Nutrition and Cancer Research Program, IMDEA Food Institute, Madrid, Spain

15:00-15:30 ML4microbiome for the advance of precision medicine: what Biomedicine expects from us

Isabel Moreno – ML4 member – Hospital Clínico Virgen de la Victoria, CIBER Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBEROBN), Málaga, Spain

15:30-16:00 Microbiome analysis in precision agricolture

Eleni Papakonstantinou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

16:00-16:15 Concluding Remarks


Registration is open up to October 8th. Please use the form available here !


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