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Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School

24th July - 4th August 2017
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, United Kingdom
The Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School is a multidisciplinary research training event and forum for knowledge exchange and networking for graduates, postgraduates, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of data science, analytics and big data who would like to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field. The Summer School is organized by the Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) at the University of Essex, UK.
This is the third year that the Big Data and Analytics Summer School is running and following the successful events in previous years, the programme covers a range of topics from the curation and management of big data, advanced techniques and methods including artificial intelligence and statistical methods, and applications of big data in fields ranging from business and finance to bioinformatics. Courses are offered for participants with a science, social science or humanities background at different levels (Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced). Courses range from theoretical to lab-based or a mixture of theory and lab-based instruction and practice. Thirty five courses will be delivered by academic and industry experts in parallel sessions over the two week period.  Participants can attend either one week or both and can choose the courses of most interest to them to create their own programme of study. For more detailed information on the range and content of courses visit:
The Summer School includes keynote lectures from academic and industry experts delivered over the two weeks.

Social events will be organised each week to enable participants to network and share ideas and experience of data analytics, data science and big data.
Registration and further information
For further information and registration please visit  

Spaces in the various courses are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited, so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment and take advantage of the early registration  discount.

A number of scholarships are available, in particular for participants from developing and transitioning countries (see website for information).

For further information or specific queries, please email the Emma McClelland, Summer School Administrator, at:

Call for Nominations for the 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates: Closing on 31 May 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) would like to kindly request TWAS and AAS fellows, TWAS Affiliates, Science Academies and fellows, Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities, and individual scientists from the Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) listed below to submit applications/nominations for the TWAS Young Affiliates 2017.
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem. Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
TWAS-ROSSA invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates. The honour is given to researchers from developing nations who have at least 10 international publications. The nominees should show potential for a high-impact career. During their five-year tenure, Young Affiliates build networks with other affiliates and with elected TWAS Fellows. They also attend international conferences such as the TWAS General Meeting where they make contributions and are exposed to mentoring as well as collaboration opportunities. The five selected TWAS Young Affiliates will also be part of and work closely with the TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN) which was established in 2016 during the 27th TWAS General Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. TYAN is anticipated to bring fresh energy to the Academy by creating links among early career scientists and promoting international collaboration. 
Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellowsMembers of National Academies and fellowsMembers of  National Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities and other such bodies that have or know this talent in sub-Saharan Africa. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. Nominations of women and young scientists from Science and Technology Lagging countries is highly encouraged.
Nominees must be aged 40 or less and living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the attached nomination form. Kindly use the form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to by 31 May 2017.
For more information about TWAS-ROSSA, visit the website

Call for Nominations for the TWAS Regional Prize 2017: Public Understanding and Popularization of Science - 20 June 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS Regional Prize. TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to popularise science, and has developed new strategies that serve the popularization of science and technology in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The ideal candidate would meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.
  • Outstanding contribution to the application of Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in the developing world.
The award comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner’s scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 3000 USD. The winner will be announced at the Annual TWAS General Assembly and Conference. The prize will be awarded formally by TWAS-ROSSA at a suitable event thereafter.  
Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS Fellows, Fellows/Members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. The nomination of women and scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) is highly encouraged.
The regional office also request you to further disseminate this call to your databases and network in sub-Saharan Africa.
The completed nomination form and the supporting documents must be submitted to by 20 June 2017.

BioSharing Recommendations Webinar, 23 May, 12.00 UTC: data repositories, standards and policies in the life, biomedical and environmental sciences

BioSharing Webinar: Tomorrow, Tuesday 23 May at 12.00 UTC, the joint RDA-Force 11 Working Group on BioSharing will present recommendations relating to the BioSharing portal.  
BioSharing ( is a curated, web-based searchable portal of three linked registries of content standards, databases, and data policies in the life sciences, broadly encompassing the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. In this webinar Peter will present BioSharing, with a special focus on the mapping of resources from community projects and journal publishers.

Launched in 2011 and built by the same core team as the successful MIBBI portal, BioSharing harnesses community curation to collate and cross-reference resources across the life sciences from around the world. Every record is designed to be interlinked, providing a detailed description not only of the resource itself, but also on its relationships with other life science infrastructures. BioSharing maps the dynamic landscape of over 600 community-developed standards, monitoring their development, evolution and implementation in (over 700) databases, detailing their adoption in funder and journal data policies. BioSharing content can be searched using simple or advanced searches, explored via a step-by-step wizard, filtered via our faceted search, or grouped as 'Collections' or Recommendations (which are based on a data policy). Examples are the  TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards (, and the PLOS Data Policy recommendation ( As a community effort, BioSharing offers users the ability to 'claim', edit and update records. BioSharing cultivates an active user community, operating via an open working group under Force11 and the Research Data Alliance. The Recommendation from our RDA WG is now available for community review (
Target audience: Standard developers, database curators/developers, policy makers, data repository managers, research administrators, data managers, project coordinators and researchers will all benefit from participation.

Presenter: Dr Peter McQuilton, University of Oxford e-Research Centre (UK).  Dr Peter McQuilton is the Project Coordinator for the BioSharing project (, based at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre (UK). He holds a PhD in Drosophila embryonic nervous system development from the University of Cambridge, UK. Prior to working on the BioSharing project, he worked for over 10 years as a Biocurator at FlyBase (, an NIH-MRC-funded Model Organism Database focused on the genetics and genomics of Drosophila melanogaster (the fruitfly that bothers your wine in the summer). Peter has been heavily involved in the standardisation and promotion of Biocuration and his work in this area has culminated in election to the International Society of Biocuration executive committee. As BioSharing Project Coordinator, Peter’s activities are in and around data curation, text-mining, ontology design, and data sharing and publication in the life, natural and biomedical sciences

OPEN NOW: Call for Applications PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Developing Countries

PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Developing Countries 

OWSD is proud to announce that the call for applications is now open and the forms are online! 

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from eligible countries to undertake PhD research in science subjects at a host institute of recognized international reputation in the South. Each fellowship is offered for up to four years and can cover the following:

  • Monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses while in the host country
  • Travel allowance to attend international conferences 
  • Return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period
  • Visa expenses
  • Annual medical insurance contributionThe opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis
  • Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute

For details, please go to

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