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EMBnet.digest August 2016
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Some facts and figures about EMBnet


Since 2010, EMBnet has produced EMBnet.journal as a successor to the magazine, published by EMBnet since 1994.

EMBnet.journal is an international, Open Access, peer-reviewed journal, whose primary goal is to provide biomedical scientists with practical information to help

  • tackle routine data-analysis tasks (basic or advanced)
  • implement complex IT architectural infrastructures
  • address challenges of modern, data-driven life science research


EMBnet's Operational Board produces a monthly bulletin, EMBnet.digest, to bring the latest news of what's going on in EMBnet to its members.



EMBnet QuickGuides are short, practical tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions on the use of a range of basic bioinformatics tools.



Education & Training

In April 2011, EMBnet and ISCB enthusiastically embraced a formal collaboration to ensure that EMBnet training courses are incorporated within ISCB meetings whenever possible, particularly those in developing regions (ISCB and EMBnet to collaborate on bioinformatics education and training: press release, EMBnet.journal, vol 17(1), 6).

GOBLET: Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training. In June 2012, as part of its AGM, EMBnet spear-headed a new international alliance with ISCB, ISB, APBioNet, ASBCB, SoIBio, NBIC, BTN, EBI and SeqAhead to establish GOBLET. Now a legal foundation, its mission is to:

  • provide a global, sustainable support structure for bioinformatics trainers/trainees
  • facilitate capacity development in bioinformatics in all countries
  • develop standards and guidelines for bioinformatics education & training
  • act as a hub for fund gathering
  • reach out to school teachers, to nurture future generations of bioinformaticians
  • foster the international community of Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biocuration and Computational Biology (B3CB) trainers.

The ethos of the organisation embraces inclusivity, sharing, openness, innovation and, importantly, tolerance (transcending national, political, cultural and social boundaries).

GOBLET’s MoU was activated in July 2012; 22 members have now signed. If you’d like to get involved, contact GOBLET at


EMBnet incubates multidisciplinary research projects

SeqAhead: Next-Generation Sequencing Data-Analysis Network (COST Action BM1006). This Action is developing a strategic communication, dissemination and education plan for NGS bioinformatics, distributing knowledge and expertise across international boundaries.  

AllBio: Broadening the bioinformatics infrastructure to unicellular, animal and plant science (Coordination Action KBBE.2011.3.6-02). This is a Coordination and Support Action that concerts the efforts of 10 bioinformatics academic institutes to generalise and broaden the applicability of the many existent human-­centric bioinformatics facilities to life-science research fields related to unicellular organisms, plants and animals.

EMBnet on Social Media

The EMBnet group at LinkedIn has more than 950 professional members. To keep in contact with EMBnet, become a member of the EMBnet community on LinkedIn.

EMBnet is also present on Twitter, follow @EMBnet_global to be informed in read time of events, news and announcements related to scientific activities.

The EMBnet Facebook group gathers scientists, members and other curious minds in a more friendly manner, posting pictures of events and also announcing special events and news.



As global bioinformatics network, EMBnet shares common interests and works closely with other international organisations, networks and scientific societies, including the ISCB, APBioNet, SoIBio, ASBCB, ISBBTN and GOBLET; in addition, it provides links and support to many smaller collaborative and thematic networks.


The iAnn community project

EMBNet is part of the iAnn community project which collects and distribute life science events. All the events submitted to EMBNet are shared with other organisations through the iAnn platform.