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.

Monday, November 19th

We intend to have a full day of talks from you. We especially encourage Galaxy User to present their work with Galaxy. Please indicate your interest in presenting when you register (we will then get in contact with you). Or contact us directly.

confirmed speakers:

  • Musumba Awori: Draft genome of a bacterium (Xenorhabdus griffiniae XN45) isolated from Kenyan Steinernema nematodes reveals its potential synthesis of a spectrum of specialised metabolites
  • Jochen Bick:
  • Matthias Bernt: Establishing a Galaxy Server and building a Galaxy User Community from scratch. A field report from the UFZ Leipzig
  • Geoffrey Nelson: Refinery: a data management, analysis, and visualization platform using the Galaxy workbench

preliminary schedule

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
10:20 - 10:50 Björn Grüning (University of Freiburg), Jean-François Dufayard (cirad) State of the Galaxy Project - priorities, plans, and community
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:30 TBA
11:30 - 15:50 TBA
11:50 - 12:10 TBA
12:10 - 13:30 Lunch Break in nearby restaurant
13:30 - 13:50 TBA
13:50 - 14:10 TBA
14:10 - 14:30 TBA
14:30 - 14:50 TBA
14:50 - 15:20 Coffee Break
15:20 - 15:40 TBA
15:40 - 16:00 TBA
16:00 - 17:00 lightning talks
17:00 - 17:01 Hans-Rudolf Hotz concluding remarks
17:01 - 17:15 ...going to the pub

Tuesday, November 20th

This day is more on the technical side, with presentation, tutorials and hands on exercises.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Marco Tangaro: Providing Galaxy based bioinformatic environments through cloud technologies
  • Nicola Soranzo: Beta Python 3 support for Galaxy in release 18.09, at last!
  • Sveinung Gundersen: Proposed infrastructure to search, fetch and analyze FAIRified genomic tracks in Galaxy
  • Yvan Le Bras: GalaxyE, a new vision of workflow oriented Biodiversity research?
  • Nikolay Vazov: TBA
  • Hans-Rudolf Hotz: Combining Galaxy with Shiny

Currently we also plan to discuss/present:

  • Galaxy and Machine learning
  • Single Cell RNA Seq analysis with Galaxy

preliminary schedule

Time Speaker Title Slides
9:30 - 9:40 Hans-Rudolf Hotz (FMI) Welcome and organization for the day
9:40 - 10:50 talks, presentations, demos
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:10 talks, presentations, demos
12:10 - 13:30 Lunch Break in nearby restaurant
13:30 - 14:40 talks, presentations, demos
14:40 - 14:50 Hans-Rudolf Hotz end of official part
14:50 - 15:20 Coffee Break
15:20 - .... 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

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 this form and you show this form to the hotel.


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