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September 2021 Galactic News

Galaxy News

Hello all,

The September newsletter brings what feels like a lot of news, including

  • A list of 12 recent use cases for UseGalaxy.eu, covering a broad spectrum of research.
  • Want to help address misconceptions about Galaxy?
  • The Galaxy Community Hub is now using Gridsome.
  • ELIXIR community updates
  • JXTX Foundation 2021 Awards
  • 7 open positions in Belgium, Italy, and the US
  • The Galaxy YouTube channel is growing up
  • Upcoming events
  • Galaxy Platforms News
  • Recent Blog Posts
  • Doc, Hub, and Training Updates
  • Recent Publications
  • and other news too.

Sit back, get comfortable, and explore the Galaxy...

Beatriz Serrano-Solano and Dave Clements, Editors

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Community News


Since the beginning of the Galaxy project, many negative (and very often completely wrong) myths about the functionality and capability of Galaxy have made their rounds in the scientific communities. The Global Galaxy Steering Committee has set up a sub-committee to identify those myths and come up with ideas to tackle them.

Wanna participate? Fill out this short questionnaire.

Powered by Gridsome

New Galaxy Community Hub Implementation

You may not have noticed, but things have changed a lot in the Galaxy Community Hub. We are happy to unveil the new Galaxy Community Hub. This is a ground-up rewrite of the back-end for the site you're reading right now, with Gridsome replacing Metalsmith. A complete site restructure, and federation of Galaxy community sites is coming. Read more.


The ELIXIR Galaxy Community has updated the ELIXIR website including the goals with a special emphasis on the interactions with the local, domain-specific and global communities. The new website also lists the recent accomplishments, training, SARS-CoV-2 related resources and much more! Read more.

2021 JXTX Awardees

JXTX: The James P. Taylor Foundation for Open Science is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 JXTX Scholarships. The JXTX Foundation provides support for students to attend conferences in computational biology and data science, where they can present their work and form connections with other researchers in the field.

Galaxy is Expanding

The Galaxy Career Center lists any open Galaxy related positions that we know about. Currently there are openings at

  • Sciensano in Belgium
  • GSK in Italy
  • NEB in Massachusetts, US
  • GalaxyWorks in the US
  • Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, US
  • Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, US

Engy Nasr and Abdulrahman Yahia Azab have recorded a video introducing Galaxy to the Arabic-speaking community.

The Youtube channel of the Galaxy project has reached 500 subscribers, thank you all!

500 subscribers

Event News

There is not a lot going on in August, but what is happening is compelling. See all upcoming events here:

September Papercuts

16 September, Online, Global

Please join us for the CoFest day on September 16 to help the Galaxy Ecosystem become a better place, and to help new contributors come on board.

This month the Spanish GTN community will meet to work on the curated tutorials, at 6 pm CEST. Get in touch with Wendi Bacon to participate.

We will be on Gitter for chat all day long, please take advantage of both to communicate with your collaborators around the world.

BioHackathon 2021

Registration closes 17 September

Galaxy is featured in at least 7 projects at BioHackathon Europe 2021, being held in Barcelona and online, 8-12 November. Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is free, but space is limited. Register by September 17.

Offered by Australian BioCommons

7 October, Online, Australia

Learn to create and assess genome assemblies from Illumina and Nanopore reads using data from a Bacillus Subtilis strain.

Apply by 29 September.


23 September, Online

microGalaxy is a new community focusing on microbial analysis with Galaxy. The second meeting of microGalaxy will happen on September 23rd at 2 pm CEST and will last for 2 hours. The topic will be “Citizen-led science and education”, with 2 talks and discussions around and beyond this topic. Anyone interested is welcome to join: details will be added to the meeting minutes.


Galaxy Developer Round Table meetups in September are:

No Round Table Meetings in September

As you can see, we still need volunteers (like you!) to lead the discussion on your favorite topic.


20 October, Online

Yet another workshop to build capacity in SARS-CoV-2 data analysis! It will be a 1-day event with pre-recorded lectures, hands-on and demos. During the workshop, there will be live support in chat and live Questions & Answers sessions. Registration will open soon, stay tuned!

Galaxy Platforms News

The Galaxy Platform Directory lists resources for easily running your analysis on Galaxy, including publicly available servers, cloud services, and containers and VMs that run Galaxy. Here's the recent platform news we know about:

Galaxy @ St Louis University

The Galaxy@SLU server aims to provide standard and custom-built bioinformatics tools with special focus on ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq, Gene Expression and Cancer Genomics. It is supported by the Zhang Lab at the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

COVID-19 focused instance on UseGalaxy.fr

A COVID-19 focused version of the UseGalaxy.fr server. This server provides numerous workflows for COVID-19 analysis.

Galactic Blog Posts

By Luke Sargent.

An update on some of our work in our NCII TCR project and our NCI HTAN center: multiplex tissue image analysis and the beautiful iobio applications are coming to Galaxy.


By Peter van Heusden.

Using a specific venv for running on the cluster that is configured on the cluster.


Doc, Hub, and Training Updates


The Galaxy community has recently organised a workshop on SARS-CoV-2 Data Analysis and Monitoring with Galaxy. The goal was to build capacity, both in the analysis and data management sides of SARS-CoV-2, based on the acquired expertise since the beginning of the pandemic. On a broader scope, sharing the experience in SARS-CoV-2 data analysis, and fostering the principles of open data, open science and open infrastructure are key aspects in the current public health global situation.

Researchers in all career stages (PhD students, senior researchers…) and different roles (clinicians, laboratory manager, technicians…) have joined the workshop. In total, the registration surpassed the 750 participants from 82 countries!


By Melanie Föll and Anne Fouilloux

How to reproduce analyses performed in the Galaxy framework:

  • load published data into Galaxy
  • run a published Galaxy workflow
  • how histories can be inspected and re-used


Submitting raw sequencing reads to ENA

By Miguel Roncoroni

How to submit raw viral sequence reads to the European Nucleotide Archive using Galaxy's ENA upload tool. See the


Pub curation activities are on a semi-hiatus right now but a few publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy Publication Library anyway. Here are the new open access Galactic and Stellar pubs:

Föll, M. C., Volkmann, V., Enderle-Ammour, K., Wilhelm, K., Guo, D., Vitek, O., Bronsert, P., & Schilling, O. (2021). BioRxiv, 2021.08.09.455649. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.08.09.455649

Yanta, C. A., Bessonov, K., Robinson, G., Troell, K., & Guy, R. A. (2021). Food and Waterborne Parasitology, 23, e00115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fawpar.2021.e00115

Roncoroni, M., Droesbeke, B., Eguinoa, I., De Ruyck, K., D’Anna, F., Yusuf, D., Grüning, B., Backofen, R., & Coppens, F. (2021). Bioinformatics, btab421. https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btab421


This release contains the Galaxy Language Server and the Galaxy Tools Visual Studio Code Extension.

The standalone version of the language server is available as a PyPI package.

The Galaxy Tools Extension is available at Open VSX Registry and Visual Studio Marketplace.


Other News

The ELIXIR and IFB annual reports for 2020 are out, take a look at them and find out how Galaxy is involved.

An excellent summary of GCC2021 by Peter van Heusden, including many highlights.