EMBL-EBI Bioinformatics workshop (with use cases from Industry):

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend. Registrations will be paid onsite.


October 31st 2014

Biology Institute (ICB)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


EMBL-EBI (Dominic Clark & Sarah Morgan), ISCB (Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira), AMBIOTEC (Vanessa Silva da Silva)


Background and motivation

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is an inter-governmental, not-for profit, treaty organisation.  The primary mission of EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) it to provide freely available data and bioinformatics services to all facets of the scientific community.  EMBL-EBI offer an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academia and industry. EMBL-EBI collaborates globally in the management of public molecular data resources, standards and services with other key organisations around the world.

Access to EMBL-EBI’s biological data and services will make it easier for companies in Brazil to utilise these molecular resources to allow themselves to stay focused on innovation.

This one day workshop is intended to provide an overview of the molecular information tools and resources that are available in the public domain through the EMBL-EBI. The structure of the day will begin with some broad overviews of the kinds of information that can be accessed in a straight forward and cost effective manner from via the internet. This will include descriptions of the types of data, how it is curated from the scientific literature or gathered from large scale scientific projects, how the data quality is maintained, how it is shared globally with other resource providers and how it can be accessed and used effectively in scientific applications. There will be clear examples of how this information can be used in industry, specifically in health research and agriculture.

The workshop will be of interest to existing industrial users and executive and technical staff of industrial companies who have yet to take advantage of the many data resources including practitioners in the patent industry.

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Increase understanding of EMBL-EBI resources that are applicable to the industrially focussed community in Brazil.
  • Illustrate good practice in accessing these information resources either on-line or through programmatic means.
  • Present examples of how these resources can be utilised in industrial applications in health and agricultural research.



Participation is by registration managed through ISCB.

This seminar is co-promoted by the:

  • International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
  • EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.
  • Biominas Brazil


  • Vanessa Silva da Silva (Coordenadora Executiva AMBIOTEC)
  • Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira (Fiocruz)
  • Dominic Clark (EMBL-EBI)
  • Bissan Al-Lazikani (Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK)
  • Hubert Denise (EMBL-EBI)
  • Peter Sterk (Oxford e-Research Centre)
  • Alex Mitchell (EMBL-EBI)
  • Ian Streeter (EMBL-EBI)
  • Anja Thormann (EMBL-EBI)


Agenda, 31st October 2014







Registration and Coffee



Welcome from AMBIOTEC

Vanessa Silva da Silva (AMBIOTEC)



Welcome from ISCB

Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira (Fiocruz)



Welcome and overview of the workshop:  Bioinformatics and Industry

Dominic Clark, Industry Programme manager  (EMBL-EBI)



Overview of molecular biology informatics resources for health and agricultural research

Dominic Clark (EMBL-EBI)



Meta-genomics resources for health and agriculture

Hubert Denise (EMBL-EBI)/Peter Sterk (Oxford e-Research Centre, UK)



Overview of protein resources for health and agriculture

Alex Mitchell (EMBL-EBI)



Overview of Genomics resources for health and agriculture.

Anja Thormann (EMBL-EBI)

12.00 Lunch and Networking



Understanding Genome Variation in Livestock

Ian Streeter (NextGen Consortium, EMBL-EBI)



ChEMBL: Chemical bioactivity resources for pharmaceutical research and agriculture.

Bissan Al-Lazikani (Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK)



Utilising integrative informatics in decision making: use cases in cancer drug discovery.

Bissan Al-Lazikani (Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK)



Panel Discussion (Panel comprising speakers). 



Coffee break



One to one meetings (please contact the organisers in advance (mail to) or at the start of the coffee break).



Closing comments

Vanessa Silva da Silva (AMBIOTEC)  and Dominic Clark (EMBL-EBI)

17.45 Close of meeting


AMBIOTEC is a private and nonprofit Biotechnology and Life Sciences Association. It is located in the Technological Park of Belo Horizonte (BHTEC), close to Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).


Contact information:

Dominic Clark – EMBL-EBI (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Sarah Morgan – EMBL-EBI (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira - Fiocruz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Vanessa Silva de Silva – AMBIOTEC (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)