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2020 Galaxy Admin Training

The ins and outs of setting up your own production quality Galaxy server. Plus, Barcelona!

Galaxy Admin Training will be offered 2-6 March at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

This workshop will cover introductory and advanced topics you need to know to set up your own production, high-performance and multi-user Galaxy instance. Sessions will be intensive and hands-on, and taught by experienced instructors from the Galaxy Community. Participants will learn how to install, configure, customize, and extend their own Galaxy servers. Topics include tool configuration, authentication and user management, using heterogeneous storage and compute services, and many other topics that will enable you to get your own Galaxy server up and running, performing well, and used by your community.

Galaxy is an open web based platform for biomedical data integration and analysis. It is deployed at large and small organizations around the world and used in a broad range of biomedical research domains, and across the tree of life.


Please review the prerequisites carefully before registering. If you arrive without meeting the prerequisites then the workshop will be a frustrating experience.

Comfortable with the Unix/Linux command line

Most of the workshop will happen at the Linux command line. If you aren’t comfortable with this before you arrive, then you will be lost the entire time. How comfortable do you need to be? Here’s a sampling of commands and concepts that you should be comfortable with:

cd, mkdir, rmdir, ls
tar, gzip
cp, mv, rm, chmod, ln 
~, .., ./, /tmp,
cat, tail, less

Note: This is not an exhaustive list (or even a proper subset) of the commands that will be used in the workshop. They are included here to give you an idea of the depth of knowledge that is required.

Competent in a Unix/Linux text editor

Linux has several text editors available in it. You’ll need to be competent in at least one of them before the workshop starts. Organizers will make sure that these editors are available on the Linux images we use in the workshop:

  • Nano: Simple and functional. Gets the job done.
  • Emacs: Powerful and a wee bit scary.
  • VIM: Powerful, efficient, and more than a wee bit scary.

Some experience with Linux Package Management

You don’t need to be an expert at Linux package management, but you do need to have some experience at installing and upgrading packages on a Linux system.

We’ll be using Ubuntu based images during the workshop, which means we’ll be using apt to do package management. Get to know it.

Laptop Requirements

All participants should bring a wifi-enabled laptop with

  • at least 4GB of memory (more is better)
  • Software to access the command line of a Linux server.

    • If you are running Linux or Mac OS, then you already have this.
    • If you are running Windows than you’ll need to get something like putty installed before the workshop.
  • A recent version of either the Chrome or Firefox web browser installed.


Register now

Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Rates depend on your organization's non-profit status and when you register. Space is limited.

Early: by 15 Jan Advance: by 7 Feb Full
Non-profit / academic €40 €70 €100
Industry €100 €200 €400


  • Cancellations received before the early registration deadline (15 January) will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received after early registration closes, but before Advance registration closes (7 February) will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations received after 7 February will not receive a refund.


We currently have these confirmed (and highly experienced!) instructors:


The Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is served by nearly 100 airlines with connections to over 170 airports.

The two Barcelona Train Stations are connected to the rest of Europe and Spain.


Working on it...

[ELIXIR](https://elixir-europe.org/) [Barcelona Supercomputing Center](https://www.bsc.es/)


This workshop is generously supported by ELIXIR Europe and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. And we mean generously. Registration is very affordable.