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Cape Town, 3-5 April 2018

Data-intensive biology for the African continent

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Galaxy Africa

Cape Town, 3 - 5 April 2018

Data-intensive biology for the African continent

An opportunity to learn from leading bioinformaticists, systems administrators and engineers about Galaxy and accessible, reproducible analysis of biological data.


Learn about using Galaxy to analyse your genomic and RNA data.


Meet fellow admins of research computing infrastructure and hear about local and cloud hosting of Galaxy servers.


Hear how bioinformaticts are extending Galaxy through custom tools and workflows.

Conference Programme

Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
09:00 - 09:45 DIRISA:The National Research Intensive Data Landscape
Anwar Vahed (Director of DIRISA)
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10:00 - 11:00 Welcome to the Galaxy
Bjoern Gruening (University of Freiburg)
Community-driven training for biological data analysis with the Galaxy Training Network
Bérénice Batut (University of Freiburg)
Horizontal scaling with Galaxy
Enis Afghan (Galaxy Team, John Hopkins University)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee/Tea
11:30 - 12:00 Building communities of Practice:Lessons from The Carpentries
Caroline Ajilogba (North West University)
From biobanking to bioinformatics
Hocine Bendou (SANBI)
Understanding M. tuberculosis variants using Galaxy and the Combat TB Explorer
Thoba Lose (SANBI)
12:00 - 12:30 The COMBAT-TB Project: Accessible tools for data intensive M. tuberculosis research
Peter van Heusden (SANBI)
Using Galaxy for M. tuberculosis variant calling
Ziphozakhe Mashologu (SANBI)st
Moving code to data using workflow standards and containers
Eugene de Beste (SANBI)
12:30 - 13:00 Building Pipelines to Support African Bioinformatics: the H3ABioNet Pipelines Project
Scott Hazelhurst (University of Witwatersrand)
A thousand genomes in a Galaxy (server) far, far away…
Charles Hefer (Agricultural Research Council)
Solving glycobioinformatics with Galaxy
Chris Barnett (University of Cape Town)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Tour of Mayibuye Centre Collection Training: Microbial Variant Calling Training: Metagenomics 2 / Galaxy Server admin
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee/Tea
15:30 - 17:00 Training: Galaxy 101 Training: 16S Metagenomics Training: Galaxy Server admin
17:00 - 18:30 Transport to hotel Conference Dinner Transport to hotel


Please register at online and follow this link to pay and confirm your attendance.

We have a shared note taking space (an Etherpad) at

Data Carpentry / R workshop

A day after Galaxy Africa 2018 there will be a Data Carpentry R workshop, on the 6th of April 2018, at SANBI, UWC. Please see the details and register on the workshop website. Attendance at this workshop is zero cost but space is limited and prior registration is required.


Galaxy Africa will take place at SANBI (the South African National Bioinformatics Institute) in the Life Sciences Building at the University of the Western Cape.

University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a campus of some 20,000 students located on Robert Sobukwe Road in the suburb of Bellville in Cape Town. SANBI is on the 5th floor of the state-of-the-art Life Sciences Building (completed in 2012).

Cape Town

South Africa's #1 tourist destination, Cape Town attractions include Table Mountain, spectacular beaches and, on a more somber note, Robben Island, formerly the site of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment and now a museum.

Getting Around in Cape Town

A regular MyCiti bus service runs from Cape Town International Airport to the Cape Town city center. In addition metered taxis and services such as Uber and Taxify are available from the airport and throughout the city. A shuttle from the three city center hotels listed below to SANBI will be provided on a daily basis for the duration of the conference.


The following hotels in the city centre of Cape Town are recommended for conference attendees:

City Lodge V&A Waterfront
Protea Hotel Tygervalley

Contact Us

5th floor
Life Sciences Building
University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville, 7535

+27 21 959 3645