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European Galaxy Days (EGD)

European Galaxy Community meeting in Autumn

It's time again to gather together, discuss recent and future Galaxy developments in Freiburg at the European Galaxy Days 2023!

To minimize travelling (and yes, we recommend taking a train :-) ), we are co-locating 3 events on the same week, bringing together major party of the European Galaxy community:

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No matter of which particular community, Galaxy is driven by the people who use, develop and administrate it. Accordingly, we are looking forward to a motley gathering and your contributions, say: talks, demos, posters and Birds-of-a-feather meetings (BoFs). You have done something you want to present or discuss, we provide the stage.

Our detailed planning depends to a certain extent on the content you want to share, so please consider registering at the last minute.


Registration is free, but the space is limited, so we recommend to you register soon to secure your spot for the different events. The traveling, accommodation and subsistence expenses will be partially covered by the organizers for a limited number of ELIXIR participants. The organizers will contact you for further clarification.


Updates as of September 29th - for a more detailed schedule now check out the EGD subpage.

October 4 October 5 October 6
Time Wed Thu Fri
European Galaxy Days
Arrival and Welcome
Community update talks
European Galaxy Days

New developments talks
EGD Co-Fest ESG Annual Meeting
Lunch Break
ELIXIR Galaxy Community

One talk describing the ELIXIR Galaxy Community and additional talks highlighting interactions with other ELIXIR communities/platforms/focus groups
EGD meets ESG

Several talks to get to know each other
EGD Co-Fest ESG Annual Meeting
Birds of a Feather meetings (BoFs)

Session 1
Birds of a Feather meetings (BoFs)

Session 2
EGD Co-Fest ESG Annual Meeting

(Coffee breaks included, for sure.)


Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
Institute for Informatics
Georges-Köhler-Allee, 101
79110 Freiburg


Getting to Freiburg

Freiburg can be easily reached by train with the ICE from the North (via Frankfurt and Karlsruhe) and the South (via Basel) Deutsche Bahn.

How to reach Freiburg from Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg airport (EuroAirport)

  • Option 1: Use the French/German exit and take the airport shuttle bus to Freiburg main station ( Hauptbahnhof).
  • Option 2: Use the Swiss exit and take the local bus (#50) to the train station in Basel, and from there take a train to Freiburg.

How to reach the venue from Freiburg Hauptbahnhof

  • Option 1: Local train, take the Breisgau S-Bahn from Hauptbahnhof Freiburg to Gottenheim/Breisach to “Neue Messe/Universität”.
  • Option 2: Tram 4, direction “Mess”, exit at stop “Technische Fakultät/Messe” (see tram plan).

Tram tickets for local transport

Here you can find the types of tram tickets that VAG offers. The 2x4 rides ticket and the day pass are convenient options for several days and/or passengers.


If you book before September 21st 2023, we can offer you a special rate for two hotels in Freiburg. Afterwards, please use the usual portals such as booking.com etc.

Apart from simply using any hotel booking portal of your choice, we can recommend the following accommodations, grouped by city area.

City Center

Main station

Faculty of engineering (close to the venue)

Event rules and regulations


The European Galaxy Days will abide the Galaxy Project Code of Conduct. Please, make sure that you read it before the event.


If you want to present, help, have suggestions or questions, please get in touch with us. Simply contact:

Anika Erxleben (erxleben@informatik.uni-freiburg.de)
Sebastian Schaaf (sebastian.schaaf.galaxy@gmail.com)
Hans-Rudolf Hotz (hrhotz@googlemail.com)
Björn Grüning (bjoern.gruening@gmail.com)


This event is generously supported by ELIXIR and funded by the European Union’s HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01 under Grant Agreement no. 101057388.

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