Open Publishing Fest

microPublication will participate in the Open Publishing Fest organized by  the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation. We will host four events or ‘tents’ which will focus on different aspects of microPublication and its role in scholarly communication. Mark your calendar for the following events and keep an eye on the  festival website for conference channels details!

Tent 1: microPublication: A Welcome Alternative in Scholarly Communication – May 20th, 10am Pacific

Join us for an hour packed of fun to learn how microPublication is shaping the future of scholarly communication! microPublication is a deliberately brief, peer-reviewed and indexed publication. We publish brief, novel findings, negative and/or reproduced results, and results which may lack a broader scientific narrative. We will hear from Editor in Chief Paul Sternberg, Editorial board members, Authors, and Reviewers  to learn how microPublication  is changing how they think about publishing.    

Tent 2: Knowledgebases, Repositories, Archives: Curation, Curation, Curation – May 26th, 10am Pacific

Where should your data go? What are the roles of Repositories, Knowledgebases, and Library Archives in Scholarly Communication? How are published data preserved for long term access and how are they made available to the scientific community? We will highlight similarities and differences in a panel discussion with representatives from Dryad, University Libraries, and Knowledgebase curators. 

Tent 3: The microPublication Open Access platform – May 27th, 10am Pacific

microPublication.org offered new software development and workflow challenges in  the publishing landscape. Join us to learn how our submission platform was designed and to savor the final product!  Developers Yannis Barlas from Coko and Nick Stiffler from microPublication will guide you through the submission portal and will be there to answer all your questions.

Tent 4: microPublication Inspires New Communities and Promotes Undergraduate Research – May  27th, 12pm Pacific

Started by serving the C. elegans research community, microPublication Biology has expanded to many model organism communities and beyond. Besides being beneficial to researchers at all career levels, microPublication has proven to be a wonderful tool to showcase undergraduate research and foster education. We will hear from different groups that have been inspired by microPublication and learn how they are using it to make a difference.

C. elegans meetings at the TAGC 2019

The C. elegans community is having sessions at The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), April 22-26, 2020 in Washington DC, organized by Martha Soto and Mike Boxem. Note that the abstract and early registration deadline is December 5. The C. elegans relevant page of the TAGC is here.

C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Meeting

Dear Members of the Worm Community,

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for:

C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Meeting, within the larger TAGC 2020 Meeting, April 22–26, 2020.

Conference website:    https://genetics-gsa.org/tagc-2020/   
Location:  Washington, DC, USA (Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center)
Abstract Submission Deadline*: December 5, 2019
Registration Deadline:  December 5, 2019
Early Discount:  December 5, 2019
Submit a Workshop Proposal: by November 1, 2019
Travel Award Deadline:  December 5, 2019

We will have C. elegans Community Scientific Sessions, and social events, with the opportunity to interact with 6 other Communities (Drosophila, Mammalian, PEQG, Xenopus, Yeast and Zebrafish).

* Abstracts will be considered for both the C. elegans Community Sessions, and for the Thematic Sessions, that include all 7 Communities.

~ 5 C. elegans Sessions, Invited Speakers, and Chairs ~

Development and Cell Biology

Invited Speaker: James Priess – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Chair: Jessica Feldman – Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

New Technology and Resources in Development

Invited Speaker: Sander van den Heuvel – Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Chair: Jordan Ward – University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Genomics, Gene Regulation, and Systems Biology

Invited Speaker: Susan M. Gasser – Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basil, Switzerland
Chair: Florian Steiner – University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Neuronal Development

Invited Speaker: Oliver Hobert – Columbia University, New York, USA
Chair: Richard Poole – University College London, London, United Kingdom

Germ Line

Invited Speaker: Diane Shakes – College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
Chair: Diana Chu – San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Scientific Organizing Committee

Needhi Bhalla – U.C. Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, USAMichalis Barkoulas – Imperial College London, London, UK
Olivia Casanueva – Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
Julie Claycomb – University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Luisa Cochella – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria
Brent Derry – The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Denis Dupuy – Inserm/University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Max Heiman – Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA
Diana Libuda – University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Matt Marcello – Pace University, New York, USA
Alicia Melendez – Queens College, City University of New York, New York, USA
Fumio Motegi – National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Sara Olson – Pomona College, Claremont, USA
Yonathan Tzur – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Natascia Ventura – Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany
Anne Wehmann – University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Itai Yanai – NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA

C. elegans workshops coordinator Coleen Murphy – Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

GSA representative on Allied Program Committee for TAGC2020 Piali Sengupta – Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

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We ask for your help spreading the word about this exciting and unique scientific conference.  We welcome your ideas to make it a well–attended, interactive event.

Help us encourage broad participation from all members of our Community.

Sincerely,

Your C. elegans Community Program Organizers

Martha and Mike

Mike Boxem – Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands   m.boxem@uu.nl
Martha Soto – Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA  sotomc@rutgers.edu

WormBase workshop talks at the 2019 IWM available on Youtube

Talks delivered at the WormBase workshop as part of the International C. elegans meeting at UCLA in June 2019 are now available on Youtube. Please note that these are recordings done at the workshop with external cameras and microphones, so apologies if they are not of the highest quality.  They are linked from their titles below–

  1. Introduction to the WormBase webpages and widgets
  2. WormBase data mining tools: SimpleMine, WormMine, BioMart
  3. WormBase ontologies and gene set enrichment analysis
  4. WormBase JBrowse: tutorial and demo
  5. Community curation
  6. Introduction to the Alliance of Genome Resources