6th Joint Conference of the DGHM & VAAM

72nd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)
Annual Meeting 2020 of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)
08–11 March 2020 • Leipzig (Germany)

Organisational Remarks


The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI)

In recent years, the ever-growing applications of omics technologies have revolutionized life science and simultaneously created the need to store, process, and analyze large amounts of data. To meet these challenges, the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) was established as a distributed bioinformatics network funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The network consists of eight Service Centers covering 42 project partners located throughout Germany. It serves life science research community by offering tools, training, compute resources, as well as connection to major industrial companies within Germany and Europe. The tool portfolio consists of over 100 services and tools ranging from databases and stand-alone tools to complete workflows for the processing and analysis of omics data. In the field of training provision, de.NBI offers tailor-made training courses, webinars, and online courses for omics tools and workflows which enable researchers to transform their raw data into actual results. Approximately, 80 training courses per year are offered to researchers and users on national and international level. In the last five years, the de.NBI network offered training to more than 6.000 researchers in the life science field. The network also offers large computing power and storage capacity through a free cloud environment that allows researchers to process and analyze their own data.

de.NBI Service Centers are specialized in different omics field assuring excellent services and high level of expertise. The Service Centers focus on the following topics:

  • Human bioinformatics at the Heidelberg Center for Human Bioinformatics “HD-HuB”, Heidelberg
  • Microbial bioinformatics at the Bielefeld-Gießen Resource Center for Microbial Bioinformatics “BiGi”, Gießen
  • Plant bioinformatics by the German Crop BioGreenformatics Network “GCBN”, Gatersleben
  • RNA bioinformatics at the RNA Bioinformatics Center “RBC”, Freiburg
  • Protein bioinformatics at the  Bioinformatics for Proteomics Center “BioInfra.Prot”, Bochum
  • Integrative bioinformatics at the Center for Integrative Bioinformatics "CIBI”, Tübingen
  • Reference Databases at the Center for Biological Data "BioData”, Bremen
  • Data Management at the Systems Biology Service Center "de.NBI-SysBio”, Heidelberg

With its wide range of bioinformatics expertise and reputable partner institutions, the de.NBI network guarantees the delivery of high standards bioinformatics services, comprehensible training, as well as powerful computing capacity that contributes to the advancement of bioinformatics research in Germany and Europe.