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Workshop: Bioinformatics and Quantitative Bioscience get together in Hobart

If you are working in and around bioinformatics or other areas of quantitative bioscience and you are going to be in Hobart next Tuesday, please come along and meet folks like you at this seminar and discussion forum.

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This get together has two main parts: one which is overtly scientific (on the analysis of relative abundance data), the other which is about building and strengthening communities of scientists and researchers.

Part 1: Have you got things in proportion? A practical strategy for exploring association in relative abundance data
Abstract: In molecular bioscience, measurements of relative abundance are, well… abundant. However, appreciation of the need to analyse and interpret these data differently to measurements of absolute abundance is scarce. I will show the problems that arise when relative abundance data is treated using standard analysis methods, especially correlation. I wall also describe a new way to handle observations that carry only relative information so that our conclusions are about the systems under study, not about artefacts of working with relative information.

Part 2: Bioinformatics in Hobart, Australia and beyond...
Abstract: This is a chance to find out about the Australian Bioinformatics Network, and to build and strengthen connections with regional, national and maybe even international bioinformatics communities. It's also a chance to share and explore some of the issues and challenges we face in delivering even more benefit from bioinformatics, using a format similar to that used at AMATA recently.