The role of data analysis and data stewardship in life science fields will only increase, so you need to be ready! These courses offer you the chance to become industry-reading by providing hands-on lessons in four major pillars of data analysis and data stewardship: FAIR data stewardship, statistics, omics data analysis, and machine learning.
The industry in Life Sciences is and will increasingly become a crucial piece of the economy for both Flanders and the Netherlands. Well trained individuals in the region are indispensable for the workforce, so the types of training available must be tailored to the needs of the surrounding companies. The volume of information and data will only increase as more developments are made in life sciences, a clear indication of the importance of data analysis and stewardship for companies. The Helis Academy has chosen data analysis and stewardship as one of their targets for training and broken it down to four specific topics: omics data analysis, statistics, FAIR data stewardship, and machine learning.
Omics data analysis facilitates understanding of processes in both healthy and diseased states in the human body. Through omics data analysis, targets for disease treatment can be found, making it a valuable tool for companies in life sciences. Companies also benefit from the knowledge of good statistical practices. Understanding of statistical methods and the proper presentation of data is critical for companies that will invest money in developing the outcomes from scientific studies. Further, FAIR data stewardship is necessary to ensure the (re)usability of data. Proper data curation, data preservation, and information on data provenance reduces costs of added experiments and allows the use of data for subsequent studies that may not have been considered at the time the data was collected. Machine learning is a valuable tool for spotting patterns in large data sets that would take humans years to sort through, making it a valuable tool when understanding the sheer volume of data available in life science fields.
The courses offered by the Helis Academy will be continuously adapted based on feedback from course participants and industry representatives. Each time a course is completed, it will be critically assessed to determine where improvement is possible. To ensure industry relevance, a questionnaire has been sent to companies to inquire about their specific training needs. In addition, we are actively reaching out to companies for interviews about their challenges and training needs and for an inventory of possible company trainers. Feedback will be continuously incorporated in subsequent versions of the data analysis and stewardship courses to be sure we continue to address the evolving needs of companies in the Flanders and south Netherlands area.
The first Helis FAIR data stewardship course will be offered from 27-29 May, 2019, in the Darwin Incubator in Niel, Belgium. This course will guide attendees through the data life cycle while providing in depth knowledge about the FAIR principles and FAIR data stewardship. More information and course registration are available here.
The Helis Academy will also offer a course on Omics data analysis through data integration using biological pathways, networks, and linear models from 11-14 June, 2019 at the Darwin Incubator in Niel, Belgium. Attendees will leave the course with knowledge about transcriptomics data analysis and multi-omics data integration. More information as well as the course registration can be found here.