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BIOMEDAS - New doctoral programme for data scientists in the life sciences

With the kick-off event on 12 November 2020 BIOMEDAS has officially started. The new doctoral programme was initialised by the Translations Alliance in Lower Saxony (TRAIN) and is affiliated to the Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) of the Hannover Medical School (MHH). The L3S is also involved in BIOMEDAS. For fifteen data scientists, this marks the beginning of their structured doctoral training.

The event began with a digital talk show. Participants were Heike von der Heide (Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony), Dr. Jennifer Debarry (Chairperson of the BIOMEDAS Strategy Committee, Coordinator of the Centre for Individualised Infection Medicine (CiiM)), Prof. Ulrich Kalinke (Programme spokesperson of BIOMEDAS, Head of TRAIN), Prof. Michael P. Manns (President of the MHH) and Prof. Reinhold E. Schmidt (Dean of the HBRS). The panel agreed that qualified data scientists are desperately needed. Constantly growing amounts of data from biomedical experiments can only be meaningfully evaluated using bioinformatics methods. There is a lack of experts for this. So what could be more obvious than training them themselves? That is the declared goal of BIOMEDAS.

In the subsequent keynote lecture, Prof. Sören Auer, Director of the TIB (Technical Information Library, Leibniz Information Centre for Technology and Natural Sciences), explained how heterogeneous research data can be linked to so-called "knowledge graphs" in order to make them accessible for evaluation using artificial intelligence systems.

Twelve institutions from the environment of the Translation Alliance in Lower Saxony are currently involved in the BIOMEDAS PhD programme: The Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology (BRICS), the Centre for Individualised Infection Medicine (CiiM), the DSMZ (Leibniz Institute - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH), the ITEM (Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine), the HZI (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research), the LUH (Leibniz University of Hannover), the MHH (Hannover Medical School), Ostfalia (Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences), the TIB (Technical Information Library, Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology), TiHo (Hannover Veterinary School), TUBS (Technical University of Braunschweig) and TWINCORE (Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research GmbH)