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Research Cyberinfrastructure Colombia Workshop 2018

Creating a shared vision for a research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) in Colombia

Start date:

26 June 2018

End date:

28 June 2018


09h00 - 17h00


Bogota City, Colombia


Registration deadline:

17 May 2018



About the event.

Earlham Institute is leading a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June. The workshop will involve a multidisciplinary team of Colombian and international experts to understand user needs and available resources, discuss innovative solutions, and design a strategy to grow research capacity for the high-throughput computational analysis of biological data in Colombia.

This workshop will be an opportunity for intensive discussions to uncover innovative solutions, identify critical partners and produce a realistic strategy and open vision for a future Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) in Colombia, with recommendations about:

  • Challenges, priorities, and opportunities for a research cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
  • Needs and opportunities in capacity building, such as networking, training, technology, etc.
  • Partners, stakeholders and opportunities to prospectively work on these as focused communities.

In 2017, a multinational team lead by our Director of Science Federica Di Palma at Earlham Institute was awarded a Research Capacity Building GCRF project (GROW Colombia) by Research Councils UK to grow research skills, partnerships, and technological self-sufficiency in Colombia. This workshop is part of Earlham Institute’s commitment to grow research capacity building in Colombia, organised in collaboration with key local partners and the research network BRIDGE Colombia.

Around 30 Colombian and international experts and participants will attend the workshop. Relevant stakeholders include researchers, service providers, biotech businesses and government bodies. Participants will be directly invited or selected through a public open application. A travelling and accommodation allowance is available for participants from outside Bogota DC if required. Further information on the process and application criteria can be found here.

What is RCI Colombia?

RCI Colombia aims to meet the requirements and needs of the life science community in Colombia and beyond through democratised access to computational resources.

Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) is defined as a “technological and sociological” research ecosystem that supports data services, including acquisition, storage, management, analysis, and visualization. Importantly, it is designed to support remote collaborations and virtual organizations

Today’s huge datasets and complex analysis are beyond the scope of a single institution, and there is a pressing need to address the problem of efficiently connecting laboratories, data, computers, and people. Without common building blocks, research groups tend to adopt different formats and representations of key information, and build their own application and middleware software. As a result, their reconciliation or combination becomes difficult to achieve, leading to wasted effort and time.

The main goal of RCI Colombia is to enable data-driven scientific discovery. The RCI will not just involve installations of advanced computational tools, but will also represent the body of people required to run tools and resources in a sustainable, secure and interoperable way.


Day 1 - 26 June 2018



09:00 - 12:00

Presentations from users and discussions about their needs

12:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 16:00

Presentations from providers and discussions about their needs

16:00 - 17:00

Discussion about areas for the focus groups

18:30 - 20:00


Day 2 - 27 June 2018



09:00 - 12:00

Focus groups discussions about current state and ideal future scenario.

12:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 17:00

Focus groups report discussion and drafting.

Day 3 - 28 June 2018



09:00 - 12:30

Discussion of a potential way forward, formalization of a steering group

12:30 - 13:30


Further information.

Approximately half of the participants will be selected through the open application process. A travelling and accommodation allowance is available for participants from outside Bogota DC if required. Priority will be given to participants from Colombia and the UK, but there is a quota for international experts and facilitators.

Please apply, if you belong to one of these group of stakeholders in Colombia (and have not already been contacted):

Users (e-Scientist)

  • Active group-leaders with a lot of biological data
  • Applied bioinformatics

Resource providers

  • Data management
  • Tool developers
  • Core bioinformatics
  • HPC managers


  • Biotech, agritech industry
  • Relevant Innovators

Other Stakeholders

  • Funding bodies
  • Physical infrastructure (Power, networking, datacentres,etc)
  • Research communities
  • Relevant NGOs

In order to apply you will need to answer these three questions below in the online application;

Q1: How could your professional background, interests and expertise contribute to the aims of this workshop? (Max. 300 words).

Q2: Please describe your approach to teamwork, any experience(s) contributing to previous workshops or events, and/or how you communicated effectively (Max. 300 words).

Q3: What do you hope to gain from participating in the workshop? (Max. 300 words).

Obtain a letter of support from your Head of Department or equivalent figure.

Provide a Curriculum Vitae (Ideally summarized to 2 pages).

Please spend some time considering your answers to the application questions. Your responses will be used to distinguish your application and highlight how you have the attitude and personal skills necessary to participate in the workshop.

Applications will be scored based on the following:

  • Relevant expertise and experience
  • Ability to develop creative research ideas in a collaborative environment
  • Potential to contribute to the scope of the workshop
  • Ability to work in a team across academia
  • Ability to communicate and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders

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