Big data collaboration with BGI

Those who’ve read the earlier posts on the Dutch bio-informatics mission (1, 2) that was just concluded last week, may already know that an MoU was signed in Shanghai, with the Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology.

On Friday 23rd of March, during the Shenzhen leg of the mission, an MoU was also signed with BGI. The Dutch partners in this MoU are the Netherlands eScience Center, Netherlands Institute of Bioinformatics (NBIC), and Technological Top Institute of Green Genetics (TTI GG). Together, they aim to “encourage collaborative initiatives and community building in the areas of data management, infrastructure and analysis”. NOST officers Jingmin Kan and Han Wesseling were present as co-organizers of the mission.

Read the full press release here.

Big Data, Big Difference

The Netherlands Big Data Delegation visited Shanghai on Wednesday 21st of March, where NOST and the Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology (SCBIT) organized a successful seminar: “Big Data, Big Difference “.

The focus of the seminar was put on the cross-over of bio-informatics application between green and red life sciences.

Experts from both Chinese and Dutch sides gave presentations and had very interesting discussions.

After the discussion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to mark the start of further exchange and collaborations.

Erasmus University and Renmin University intensify education and research exchange

On 19 March, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR ) president Ms van der Meer Mohr and Renmin University Council President Cheng Tianquan signed an agreement on further exchange of students and faculty to support the internationalization goals of both universities. Prior to the signing the presidents exchanged views on the profile of the universities and acknowledged the great similarities on size and focus on scientific disciplines such as economy, law and humanities.Ambassador Bekink and Science Attaché David Pho attended the signing ceremony of the MoU between Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and Renmin University which took place in Beijing. The EUR delegation also received an extensive briefing at the Netherlands embassy on recent social-economic and scientific developments in China.

Inside look on the Bio-Informatics Mission to China

On occasion of the visit of the Big Data Bio-informatics delegation from the Netherlands, the Institute of Vegetables and Flower, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences has organized a workshop on “Challenges and future of Bioinformatics: sharing insights from the Dutch and Chinese perspective”.
From both side, researchers from knowledge institutes as well as industry have presented their research works and have had very interesting discussion.

‘Big Data’ Bio-Informatics mission to China

From the 17th of March a Bio-informatic mission from the Netherlands will go to China. A short summary on this mission.

The introduction of genomics and novel insights in plant genetics and plant breeding resulted in quantum leaps, especially when it comes to breeding agricultural and vegetable crops. The development time of new and improved crop varieties has nowadays been greatly reduced. In the upcoming years the development time of plant varieties will decrease even further, as Next Generation Sequencing technology in plant breeding will be introduced.

DNA sequencing creates opportunities for companies to quickly translate genetic knowledge into new crop varieties. By exploiting the current state of art in science and technology, plant breeders are able to develop improved plant varieties with improved performance characteristics in terms of resistance, yield, quality and sustainability.

This is a challenge without frontiers: access to data and the ability to manipulate data are essential assets for industry and academia alike, both generally as well as globally.

These current developments can only be managed when generic developments in data field remain in the public domain, preferably in open sources. Only in this way, continuous development and improvement are sustainable and stimulated. This perspective should not be limited to the Netherlands or to a single company, it is an international perspective for the society at large as developments and implications in data analysis and data manipulation will have enormous implications for the global society and business.

More information and news will follow on this mission. Stay tuned.