After two intense weeks of training, conference and collaboration fest, the Galaxy Community Conference 2021 (GCC2021) has come to an end. This has been the second virtual GCC since the pandemic started and it has featured a week of training, a three-day conference and a two-day CoFest. In total, 399 participants from 55 countries attended any of these events.
Hi All, as the GCC2021 CoFest winds down, I would like to announce the audited participant counts for GCC2021:— Dave Clements (@tnabtaf) July 10, 2021
⇨ 45 Training, Admin Track
⇨ 219 CoFest
⇨ 226 Training, Science/Dev tracks
⇨ 285 Meeting
⇨ 399 Total participants
Pretty good. :-)#UseGalaxy pic.twitter.com/OqXZBteSRj
The training week ran from June 28 through July 2. Three different tracks were offered for scientists, developers and admins. All the lectures were prerecorded, captioned and the experts provided live support in chat or in remo when needed. This format allowed the participants to learn at their own pace, and everything is still available! Check the Galaxy Training Network and the GCC2021 training page.
The main goal of the Galaxy Community conference is to bring together the community to share our work and address common challenges in data-intensive science, with a special focus on networking. To make it truly global, the schedule ran twice every day shifted by 9 hours. We had, in total, 53 talks, 59 speakers, 44 posters/demos and 17 Birds of a Feather (BoF).
Between days 1 and 2, several BoFs took place:
- Galaxy & Bioinformatics in Africa
- Galaxy for Microbiome - Kickoff
- Addressing common misconceptions about Galaxy
- Namaste, Galaxy India!
- Rainbow Galaxy People (LGBTQIA)
After the second day, 7 BoFs gathered in both time zones:
- Celestial Masses: Galaxy Platform for Mass Spectrometry Research
- Galaxy Public Health Community
- Accessing NCBI Data in Galaxy
- At the edge of the Galaxy, the lonely life of a (small scale) local Galaxy server admin
- Boost the diversity in your community: Outreachy and other internship-mentorship initiatives
- Galaxy community roadmap planning
- Galaxy & Training / Teaching
- BoF: Community Hubs: Helping the Hubmakers
- Galaxy on Kubernetes
- GTN-Español - Bioinformatics resources in human-translated Spanish
- IDC - Intergalactic (reference) Data Commission
- Earth in Galaxy: handling georeferenced data in Galaxy
Besides the talks and BoFs, we had the poster/demo/sponsor sessions every day after the second session, with 44 posters presented over the 3 days in both time zones.
So here's a wordcloud with all the talk, poster and BoF titles at GCC2021 😍 Thank all the speakers, chairs, sponsors, scientific and org committees for making it great! Looking forward to meeting the #UseGalaxy community in person! pic.twitter.com/k2RQh5KYPU— Beatriz Serrano (@Birthae) July 8, 2021
The three-day conference was followed by a two-day collaborative work event to expand the contributor community. This year, the CoFest was organized around clusters ideas linked to the recently created Galaxy Working Groups, as these are the entry points for new community members.
To celebrate the success of GCC2021, the Freiburg Galaxy team enjoyed an outdoor BBQ!
The #UseGalaxy #cofest 2021 ends in @UniFreiburg. We celebrated it with the first BBQ since a year. Thanks @tatieguinoa and team for organising the cofest and thanks everyone for contributing to #OpenSource! See you next year at GCC 2022! pic.twitter.com/X7OJgMVXFi— Björn Grüning (@bjoerngruening) July 10, 2021