GCC2023 consists of the main meeting, interactive training, and a collaboration fest (CoFest). The main meeting and the training are interleaved on the same days with the CoFest following.


Each day of the meeting, there will be three sessions, morning talks, mid-day training, and afternoon talks, with breaks and lunch in between. CoFest is largely a free-form event that will be organized on the spot.

Training events will consist of five parallel tracks, each session being 2.5 hours long. More details for each of the trainings will be provided as we approach the conference.

Below you can see the program schedule at a glance while the list of talks and accompanying abstracts are available in this document.

Monday, July 109:00 - 10:00Opening and Keynote 1: Carolyn Hogg
To infinity and beyond – combining genomics and cloud technology to save our species
10:20 - 11:20Posters & Demos session 1
11:20 - 12:30Talks session 1: New Galaxy Features
13:30 - 16:00Hands-on training 1
- Machine Learning
- Workflow Development
- Galaxy + R
- Intro to Genomics
- Single Cell Transcriptomics
16:00 - 17:00Talks session 2: Success Stories with Galaxy
Tuesday, July 119:00 - 10:00Talks session 3: Galaxy Education
10:20 - 11:20Posters & Demos session 2
11:20 - 11:45Platinum sponsor talk: BizData
11:45 - 12:30Community update talk
13:30 - 16:00Hands-on training 2
- Tool Development
- Admin Roundtable
- Galaxy Tips and Tricks
- Genome Annotation
- Structural Biology and Alphafold
16:00 - 17:00Talks session 4: New Communities
Wednesday, July 129:00 - 10:00Keynote 2: Kate Michie
Alphafold2 and the Age of Deep Learning : Recent advances in structural biology
10:20 - 11:20Posters & Demos session 3
11:20 - 12:30Talks session 5: New Galaxy Tooling
13:30 - 17:30Optional visit a Koala sanctuary
18:00 - 21:00Conference dinner
Thursday, July 139:00 - 10:00Keynote 3: Roberto Barrero
Improving plant industry access to new genetics through faster and more accurate diagnostics of plant viruses and viroids
10:20 - 11:20Talks session 6: Galaxy UI/UX
11:20 - 12:30Talks session 7: Playing Nice with Everyone
13:30 - 16:00Hands-on training 3
- Contributing to the GTN
- Dev Small Groups
- Microbiology
- Genome Assembly with VGP
- Galaxy for Human Genetics
16:00 - 16:45Talks session 8: Looking Ahead
Friday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00CoFest

Keynote speakers

GCC2023 is excited to present three keynote speakers that collectively will showcase how Galaxy is used to address challenges in biodiversity, biosecurity and structural biology.


Carolyn HoggDr. Carolyn Hogg, with a talk titled
To infinity and beyond – combining genomics and cloud technology to save our species

Senior Research Manager
Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Sydney

I have been working on the conservation of threatened species for over twenty-five years both in Australia and overseas. I am currently the Senior Research Manager for the Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group in the Faculty of Science. I have been working with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program for the past ten years; in addition to other species such as orange-bellied parrots, koalas, bilbies, and woylies. Working closely with both my academic and conservation management partners my vision is to create a conservation legacy for Australia by changing the way we integrate science, management and policy; to proactively promote species’ resilience in the face of a changing world. We are achieving this by developing better tools and technologies to integrate molecular genetics into real-time conservation management decisions.

Structural Biology

Kate MichieDr. Kate Michie, with a talk titled
Alphafold2 and the Age of Deep Learning : Recent advances in structural biology

Senior Lecturer
Structural Biology Facility
Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre
University of New South Wales

Dr. Michie is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (in BABS and the Structural Biology Facility MWAC)with over two decades of expertise in Protein Structural Biology. She has completed her doctoral degree from the University of Sydney and received prestigious fellowships from L'Oréal-UNESCO and Marie Curie to continue her research at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge UK (2006-2010). Her research primarily focuses on molecular biology of filament forming proteins, with a particular interest in structural biology. Dr Michie has published papers in top scientific journals, including Nature, Molecular Cell and PNAS, and has made significant contributions to the field of bacterial cell division, in the field of filament forming proteins and more recently in light harvesting proteins from Algae.

Dr. Michie has also been involved in various community roles within the field of structural biology. She established the Structural Biology Facility at UNSW in 2019, which provides state-of-the-art resources for researchers in the field. She is the coordinator for the Greater Sydney Collaborative Access Program for MX beamtime at the Australian Synchrotron, the President of the Sydney Protein Group, and established the Computational Structural Biology Workgroup at UNSW, bringing together researchers across campus who use computational structural biology resources.

Aside from her research, Dr. Michie is also uses Alphafold2 extensively, which she has helped set up in the cloud at UNSW within 2 weeks of the code being publicly released. She has worked closely with a wide range of researchers to teach them how to use this powerful tool to advance their research, and has already had a number of successful collaborative grants awarded for projects impacted by Alphafold2. Dr Michie's drive and leadership in this area have been instrumental in providing UNSW researchers with access to the computing resources they need to stay competitive on a world stage.


Roberto BarreroAssociate Professor Roberto Barrero Gumiel, with a talk titled
Improving plant industry access to new genetics through faster and more accurate diagnostics of plant viruses and viroids

Senior Bioinformatics Solutions Architect
Academic Division
Research Portfolio

A/Professor Roberto Barrero has joined the Queensland University of Technology bringing his Bioinformatics expertise to contribute tackling real world problems in Agriculture, Plant Biosecurity and Human Health. He has led the bioinformatics analysis of a range of projects with applications in both the agricultural and biomedical domains. He has formal training in molecular biology and developed bioinformatics skills over 15 years working as part of large international collaboration consortia including Human Invitational Consortium, Rice Annotation Project, Cattle tick Genome Sequencing Consortium and the International Barley Genome Consortium. He has conducted analysis and comparative genomics in crop plants, pathogenic bacteria, viruses, animal genomics and human diseases.

He has devised innovative strategies in experimental design in a range of large genomics initiatives in model and non-model species. He led the implementation of customised computational workflows to data analysis to enable advanced research applications, run bioinformatics workshops, and mentored and supervised other bioinformaticians and PhD students.

More recently, he led a multidisciplinary team at the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre to develop a plant diagnostic toolkit that accurately detects a range of viruses and viroids in a single test. Dr Barrero and the team were awarded the ‘Biosecurity Impact Award 2018’ recognising their measurable change to plant biosecurity by delivering research outcomes to end-users and change in policy for the quarantine screening of viruses in ornamental grasses. He has been invited to be the Project Coordinator of an international collaboration involving National Plant Protection Organisations from nine countries to harmonize standards and best practices for regulatory application of high throughput technologies for phytosanitary diagnostics.