12th CeBiTec Symposium
Big Data in Medicine and Biotechnology
a joint conference of CeBiTec, de.NBI and BiCDas
Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University
March 19 to 21, 2018

The Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) of Bielefeld University, the Bielefeld Center for Data Science (BiCDaS) as well as the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) cordially invite you to attend the 12th CeBiTec Symposium entitled Big Data in Medicine and Biotechnology. The second day of the symposium is organized by the de.NBI network and will focus on ELIXIR use cases. The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University from March 19 to 21, 2018. The conference is a joint endeavor of these three partners. The conference highlights the impact of big data on medicine and biotechnology. Major topics addressed are

  • Big Data in Medicine
  • Big Data in Biotechnology
  • Cloud Computing
  • Use Cases in Life Sciences
  • Legal and Ethics Issues

The conference programme consists of plenary lectures, short oral presentations and poster presentation. I look forward very much to welcome you in Bielefeld!

Alfred Pühler (Chair of the Organizing Committee)

Poster pdf

Programme of the 12th CeBiTec Symposium

Monday, March 19, 2018

11:00 Registration & Snacks

13:00 Opening of the Symposium (A. Pühler)

  • G. Sagerer, Rector of Bielefeld University
  • O. Kruse, Director of the CeBiTec

13:30 Big Data in Medicine I ( A. Pühler, J. Kalinowski)

  • Oliver Kohlbacher, Eberhardt Karls Universität Tübingen, DE
    From Big Data to Individual Treatments – Data Integration for Personalized Cancer Therapies
    (Keynote Lecture)
  • Christophe Beroud, AIX Marseille Universite, FR
    The Human-Copy Number Variation ELIXIR community
  • Stefan Niemann, Forschungszentrum Borstel, DE
    Genomics for transmission analysis of multidrug resistant mycobacteria

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Big Data in Medicine II (J. Kalinowski)

  • Erik C. Brunnegard, Roche Diagnostics, Basel, CH
    Medical value digitalized
  • Frank Schacherer, Qiagen, Hilden, DE
    Interpreting Big Data for Insight
  • Derek Gutzeit, Roche Pharma AG, Grenzach-Wyhlen, DE
    Foundation Medicine – Making Big Data in Cancer Treatment Meaningful

17:15 Coffee break

17:45 Short Contributions of Young Scientists (A. Tauch)

  • Mohamed Abouelhoda, Cairo University, EG
    Large Scale Medical Genome Projects: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Linda Sundermann, Bielefeld University, DE
    Onctopus: Lineage-Based Subclonal Reconstruction of Cancer Samples
  • Liren Huang, Bielefeld University, DE
    Cloud-Based Bioinformatics Framework for NGS Data
  • Christian Quast, Jacobs University Bremen, DE
    SILVA – a comprehensive online resource for high-quality ribosomal RNA sequence data

19:00 Mixer/Poster Presentations

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

special de.NBI-ELIXIR day

9:00 Use Cases Session I (A. Goesmann)

  • John Hancock, ELIXIR Hub, Hinxton, UK
    Introduction to ELIXIR Use Cases
  • John Hancock, ELIXIR Hub, Hinxton, UK
    Human Genomics and Translational Data
  • Marco Roos, Leiden University, NL
    Infrastructure for the rare disease community by connecting data, tools, and people

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Use Cases Session II (U. Scholz)

  • Laura Clarke, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
    The Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform
  • Paul Kersey, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
    Bioinformatic Infrastructure for Deciphering Life
  • Claire O'Donovan, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
    The Elixir Metabolomics Community and Impementation study on metabolite identification

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Use Cases Session III (F.O. Glöckner)

  • Nils Peder Willassen, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsö, NO
    The ELIXIR Marine Metagenomics Community – past, present and future
  • Jildau Bouwman, TNO Zeist, NL
    Working towards food and nutrition research infrastructure
  • Juan Antonio Vizcaino, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
    The ELIXIR Proteomics Community

15:00 Coffee

15:30 Use Cases Session IV (W. Müller)

  • Frederik Coppens, Ghent University, BE
    The ELIXIR Galaxy Community: facilitating data analysis in life sciences at European level
  • Jean-Loup Faulon, Micalis-UMR, INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, FR
    The Microbial Biotechnology Emerging Community
  • Damiano Piovesan, University of Padova, IT
    Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
  • Oliwia Makarewicz, Universitätsklinikum Jena, DE
    The burden of multi-resistent Gram-negative bacteria

17:30 Coffee

18:00 Distinguished Symposium Lectures (A. Pühler)

  • Eva Winkler, Nationales Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen, Heidelberg, DE
    Ethical aspects of medical data
  • Kai Cornelius, University of Regensburg, DE
    Legal aspects of medical data

19:30 Symposium Dinner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

09:00 Big Data in Biotechnology (K. Niehaus)

  • Kai Blin, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, DK
    Finding a bounty of new bioactive compounds in microbial genome data. Genome Mining with antiSMASH
  • Nadine Ziemert, University of Tuebingen, DE
    Novel Tools and Methods for Genome Mining and Prioritization of Biosynthetic Gene Clusters in Bacteria
  • Konrad U. Förstner, University of Würzburg, DE
    Translating high-throughput sequencing data to new insights of gene regulation

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Cloud Computing (C. Lawerenz)

  • Alexander Sczyrba, Bielefeld University, DE
    Metagenomics analyses in the de.NBI Cloud
  • Brian O’Connor, University of California, Santa Cruz, US
    Large-Scale, Cloud-Based Analysis of Genomic Data: Emerging Standards from the GA4GH
  • Hatem Nawar, Google, UK
    Pushing the boundaries of what is possible in bioinformatics and medicine with Google Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Round Table Discussion, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Big Data in Medicine and Biotechnology (R. Decker)

  • Michael Lindemann, Universität Bielefeld, DE
  • Susanne Hähnchen, Universität Bielefeld, DE
  • Katharina Beier, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, DE
  • Tade M. Spranger, Universität Bonn, DE

15:00 Concluding Remarks (R. Decker, BiCDas, Bielefeld University)

15:30 End of Symposium

Organizing committee

Tanja Dammann-Kalinowski (Bielefeld)
Reinhold Decker (Bielefeld)
Nils Hachmeister (Bielefeld)
Doris Jording (Bielefeld)
Jörn Kalinowski (Bielefeld)
Irena Maus (Bielefeld)
Karsten Niehaus (Bielefeld)
Alfred Pühler, chair (Bielefeld)
Alexander Sczyrba (Bielefeld)
Werner Selbitschka (Bielefeld)
Andreas Tauch (Bielefeld)
Stefan Weidner (Bielefeld)


Please register to the conference by using the ONLINE REGISTRATION. Deadline for registration: Thursday, March 3, 2018.

Submission of Abstracts

Please submit your poster presentation abstract by using the online registration above. Six of the most competitive posters will be selected for oral presentations (15 min each) in the session Short Contributions of Young Scientists. Deadline for submission: Thursday, March 3, 2018

Registration fee

academia € 200
industy € 300
students € 50

The registration fee covers the conference materials including book of abstracts, snacks, coffee and lunch and conference dinner.

Please follow the payment details provided by the ONLINE REGISTRATION process.


Please book your accommodation in one of the following hotels which provide special rates for conference participants. All rates refer to single rooms with en-suite facilities per night including breakfast.

Am Bahnhof 3, 33602 Bielefeld
Tel.: 5 28 20, Fax: 5 28 21 00
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Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University, Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld.

Travel Information

Detailed information on how to travel to Bielefeld and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Bielefeld University can be found HERE.

By tram

  • Tram line 4 from central station or Jahnplatz, direction Lohmannshof, exits 'Bültmannshof' or 'Universität'

By bus (directly)

  • Bus 21 from Jahnplatz, direction Gesamtschule/Werther
  • Bus 61 from central station or Jahnplatz, direction Halle/ZOB
  • Bus 62 from central station or Jahnplatz, direction Borgholzhausen/Schützenhaus

All bus lines: Exit at bus stop 'Uni-Studentenwohnheim', duration ca. 12 minutes.

Further Information

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The 12th CeBiTec Symposium is jointly organized by CeBiTec, BiCDaS and de.NBI