Past and present

Under the auspices of EMBnet, leaders of 10 International Societies, Networks and Organisations met to discuss world-wide bioinformatics training initiatives, in Uppsala, Sweden on 2 June 2012. The working title for this meeting of Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biocuration and Computational Biology Societies and Networks was B3CB. The participants concluded that, as a natural evolution of the achievements of the Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN), a Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET) is needed to coordinate world-wide bioinformatics training activities: to share, not duplicate, effort; to share, not duplicate, cost; to work together in a mutually respectful way towards common solutions and a sustainable future.
The founders (EMBnet, ISCB, APBioNet, ASBCB, SoIBio, ISB, NBIC, SeqAhead, EBI, BTN) agreed to establish GOBLET as a legally registered foundation. The first formal meeting of GOBLET members was hosted by BTN/NBIC, in the Netherlands, on 28 November 2012. Since then, a variety of meetings have been held, for example at: i) at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), to explore how to work effectively with the ELIXIR community (26 March 2013), ii) alongside ISMB 2013, in Berlin (22 July 2013), to take the next steps in evolution of this new foundation; iii) at TGAC, UK (6 November 2013); iv) alongside the Society for Experimental Biology annual conference, in Manchester (4 July 2014); iv) at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto (14 November 2014), and so on.
A presentation was also given at the NextGenBug meeting at the Roslin Institute, to introduce GOBLET to potential partners in Scotland.
For a more comprehensive overview of our meetings, please take a look at the GOBLET Events page.