Workshop "Trusted Clouds for Genomics Research in Europe"

It is our pleasure to announce the Hybrid Workshop: "Trusted Clouds for Genomics Research in Europe" which we are organizing as part of the Innovative Therapies For Children With Cancer (ITCC) International Data Integration Platform, the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA) and the AI Health Innovation Cluster.

The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together international experts who have experiences in establishing and operating Trusted Research Environments, and/or related data infrastructures enabling data sharing and analysis of highly sensitive genomics data. The focus of the meeting will be on technical solutions and ethical-legal hurdles. 

Key Information:

  • Date: July 11-12, 2023 (lunch-to-lunch)    
  • Location: Heidelberg (Business Development Center, Bahnstadt) and Virtual
  • Registration:  - please register ASAP due to limited on-site slots.

The workshop will focus on international experiences with the application of cloud solutions for genomic research and aims to develop a concept of how similar solutions can be applied in research projects such as the ITCC project.

Tuesday, July 11 14:00-18:00 - Public Symposium (Hybrid: In-person and online participation):

Day 1 will focus on presentation and discussion of successful international use cases establishing secure computing environments. The presentations on Day 1 will be a public event, accessible both to local participants in Heidelberg as well as online participants.

==> Detailed Agenda will be following soon!

Wednesday, July 12, 9:00 - 12:00  - Closed Workshop (in person) -  on invitation only

On day 2, we want to work in a closed session together to formulate a strategy on how such solutions can be developed for federated environments in various settings. This should be a start for formulating a whitepaper of requirements and strategies for harmonization of trusted cloud environments and solutions for federated analysis in genome research. We also hope to create synergies among the participants, e.g. to create interest groups to shape emerging European infrastructure solutions.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Augusto Rendon, Genomics England, UK
  • Edwin Cuppen, Hartwig Medical Foundation, Netherlands:     
    An integrated cloud-based setup enabling WGS-based cancer diagnostics and data re-use for research: 5 years of experience at Hartwig Medical Foundation
  • Salvador Capella Gutierrez, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Patrick Kemmeren,   Princess Máxima Center Utrecht, Netherlands:     
    “The Dutch comprehensive childhood cancer commons: Towards establishing a national resource for pediatric cancer research”