DataPLANT's funding got granted by the GWK / Kick-Off in Progress

BioDATEN is strongly associated with two NFDI proposals. We are extremely happy to announce the following news, orignially published here:
DataPLANT has been informed that the Joint Science Conference (GWK) has followed the recommendation of the NFDI Expert Panel and today decided to support the [NFDI 7/1 DataPLANT] proposal (press release of the GWK). Furthermore, it was informed that the GWK has not yet made a final decision on the amount of funding to be granted per consortium. This decision will be taken on the basis of a consultation of the NFDI expert panel, which will take place on 9 July. An official notification from the University of Freiburg as consortium leader in DataPLANT is also available. In parallel to the ongoing planning for the project kick-off, DataPLANT has entered into coordination with the NFDI directorate and exchange with the other funded consortia on consortium agreement, recruitment and cross-cutting topics. Further on DataPLANT participates in the joint NFDI workshop on meta data.

Online-only workshop and hackathon on Nextflow and nf-core

QBiC and the DKFZ announce their co-organized workshop on 13th to 17th of July 2020. The workshop includes a Nextflow tutorial and a nf-core hackathon with tutorials. Both events will be held online-only.

In case you are interested in attending the Nextflow workshop please find more information and register under the following link:

The Nextflow workshop is limited to 30 participants, so please only register if you plan to attend all sessions and follow the exercises. The sessions will also be live-streamed on YouTube, so it will be possible to follow the sessions via YouTube without previous registration.

To register for the nf-core tutorials and hackathon, and find out more information about the event, please follow this link:


DataPLANT NFDI – recommendation for funding

On 18th May 2020 we received the recommendation for funding of the DFGs NFDI panel of experts on the DataPLANT proposal. The BioDATEN Science Data Center is both involved in the role of fundamental plant researchers and in the role of service providers. In this decision, which has yet to be confirmed by the GWK (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz) on 26th June 2020, DataPLANT was recommended for funding along with eight other consortia. For BioDATEN we are pleased that we have been able to successfully evolve our vision together with the other applicant institutions in the DataPLANT proposal. Further feedback on the proposal and the final decision is announced in August 2020 at the latest. As nine consortia are to be funded instead of the seven originally announced, it cannot yet be said whether this will have an impact on the planned budget. The planning will be accordingly cautious.

In order to advance the information of the community about the DataPLANT activities, there is now an initial website available. Further, the DataPLANT speakers have set up a Twitter account @nfdi4plants. At the same time, the DataPLANT speakers have joined cross-cutting activities and are participating, for example, in the exchange on metadata in the NFDI at the beginning of July 2020.
The advice of the NFDI expert panel was based on the results of the evaluation and the comments of the applicants on the evaluation results. In order to be able to adequately evaluate the applications reviewed in seven expert colloquia, the NFDI expert panel also paid special attention to the framework for setting up the NFDI in a scientifically guided procedure.

(DvS, JK, HG)

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