Talk Title: Developing national bioinformatics infrastructure


Many research disciplines have advanced, community-sourced roadmaps for digital infrastructure in Australia; unfortunately, biosciences isn’t one of those disciplines.

The EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource and associates are working to define an ‘Australian Biosciences Data Capability’ – national research infrastructure to support widespread access to the critical data, tools, compute, techniques and training required for high quality analysis of digital data in biosciences. This means understanding the different types of researchers using and doing bioinformatics, what their needs are, what is happening globally, and how we can work together as a country to benefit locally and engage internationally. If done properly, we believe this work will inform and influence national infrastructure investments in this space long term, particularly the planned ‘National Research Data Cloud’.

In this talk I will provide an overview of the ‘Australian Biosciences Data Capability’ project and discuss the process and progress to date, including engaging with the bioinformatics community

Andrew Lonie


Associate Professor Andrew Lonie, University of Melbourne, Director, Melbourne Bioinformatics and EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource

Andrew Lonie is Director of Melbourne Bioinformatics (, formerly the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative), Director of the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource (, and an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where he coordinates the MSc (Bioinformatics).

Through Melbourne Bioinformatics, Andrew directs a group of 30 or so bioinformaticians, computational biologists and HPC specialists to collaborate with and support biosciences researchers in a variety of research projects across the University of Melbourne. Melbourne Bioinformatics is also the hub of the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource, a national network of bioinformatics capability, resources and training, implementing and disseminating best practice methods and techniques, advising on experimental design and interpretation, and resourcing and maintaining informatics analysis platforms including the Genomics Virtual Laboratory (

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