European Galaxy Days

  • Date: November 19th 2018- November 20th 2018
  • Location: Freiburg, Germany
  • Contact: Hans-Rudolf Hotz, Björn Grüning, Jean-François Dufayard


European Galaxy Days will be held 19 and 20 November 2018 in Freiburg, Germany. This two day gathering will be similar to the events we held in 2016, 2014, and 2012. The first day will give an overview of the current state of the Galaxy framework with several talks and demonstrations. The second day will focus on developing and extending the Galaxy ecosystem.

Latest News

20-Nov: We will meet at 19 in Bertholdsbrunnen

19-Nov: We have reserved a few tables at the Mehlwaage at 19:00. Its in the city, nearby Martinstor, here is the GoogleMap link.

18-Nov: We are in the Martinsbraeu Kaiser-Joseph-Straße 237

12-Nov: If you travel on Sunday (November 18th) to Freiburg, and want to meet up in the late afternoon: We meet in the middle of the old town, in front of the cathedral ("Freiburger Muenster"), near the fountain (Georgsbrunnen) at 5PM. The place where we will have dinner (and/or beer) will be posted here and on gitter.

Dinner, November 20th, 19:00

We will meet at 19 in Bertholdsbrunnen

Monday, November 19th

Time Speaker Title Slides
9:45 - 10:00 ARRIVAL
10:00 - 10:20 Hans-Rudolf Hotz (FMI) Welcome and short introduction into the Galaxy Project slides
10:20 - 10:50 Björn Grüning (University of Freiburg) State of the Galaxy Project - priorities, plans, and community (from a European perspective) slides
10:50 - 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 - 11:45 Matthias Bernt (UFZ) Establishing a Galaxy Server and building a Galaxy User Community from scratch. A field report from the UFZ Leipzig slides
11:45 - 12:20 Geoffrey Nelson (Harvard Medical School) Refinery: a data management, analysis, and visualization platform using the Galaxy workbench (plus Demo) slides
12:20 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 13:55 Anika Erxleben (University of Freiburg) Galaxy Community Conference 2019 in Freiburg slides
13:55 - 14:20 Thomas Wollman (BioQuant) Galaxy Image Analysis: Web-based systematic phenotyping
14:20 - 14:45 Jochen Bick (ETH Zurich) Interactive plotting with ggplot and shiny in Galaxy slides
14:45 - 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 - 16:05 Krzysztof Poterlowicz (University of Bradford) EWAS tool development / Training / Elixir-CNV community slides
16:05 - 16:30 Bérénice Batut (University of Freiburg) RNA-Seq data analysis in Galaxy: lessons learned and what next? slides
16:30 - 16:55 Mehmet Tekman (University of Freiburg) Single Cell in Galaxy, from pre-processing to analysis slides
16:55 - 17:00 Hans-Rudolf Hotz concluding remarks
17:00 ...going to the pub

Tuesday, November 20th

Time Speaker Title Slides
9:30 Hans-Rudolf Hotz (FMI) Welcome and organization for the day
9:30 - 09:55 Marius van den Beek (Institut Curie), John Chilton (Penn State) Travelling with warp-speed, an update on Galaxy workflows slides
09:55 - 10:20 Nicola Soranzo (Earlham Institute) Beta Python 3 support for Galaxy in release 18.09, at last! slides
10:20 - 10:45 Musumba Awori (Goethe University of Frankfurt) Draft genome of a bacterium (Xenorhabdus griffiniae XN45) isolated from Kenyan Steinernema nematodes reveals its potential synthesis of a spectrum of specialised metabolites slides
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:35 Marco Tangaro (IBIOM) Providing Galaxy based bioinformatic environments through cloud technologies (plus demo) slides
11:35 - 12:00 Sveinung Gundersen (UiO) Proposed infrastructure to search, fetch and analyze FAIRified genomic tracks in Galaxy slides
12:00 - 12:25 Helena Rasche State of the European Galaxy Project slides
12:25 - 13:35 Lunch Break
13:35 - 13:45 Bérénice Batut (University of Freiburg) Update on the Galaxy Training Network slides
13:45 - 14:10 Nikolay Vazov (UiO) Two customizations in Galaxy slides
14:10 - 14:35 Yvan Le Bras (Muséum national d’histoire naturelle) GalaxyE, a new vision of workflow oriented Biodiversity research?
14:35 - 15:00 Anup Kumar (University of Freiburg) Machine learning with Galaxy slides
15:00 - 15:10 Hans-Rudolf Hotz end of official part
15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 - .... informal gathering for hacking, discussions, etc...and finally going to the pub again


There will be no conference fee. Though, you need to cover for your food and accomodation (we are currently looking for sponsors to cover the lunches on the two days)


Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
Institute for Informatics
Georges-Köhler-Allee 101
2nd floor, room 2.16-18
79110 Freiburg

How to get to the campus of the Technische Fakultät

From Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg airport (EuroAirport)

From Freiburg Hauptbahnhof

Suggested Accommodations

Note: In Freiburg you have to pay an additional accommodation tax. For business trips this tax does not have to be paid if your employer fills out the form available at this page and you show this form to the hotel.


Contact Hans-Rudolf Hotz ( or Björn Grüning ( or Jean-François Dufayard (