BioExcel’s webinar series continue with a presentation by Vera Matser and Marta Lloret Llinares

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Life Science research has become increasingly digital and has a direct influence on our daily life in areas such as health and medical applications, drug discovery, agriculture and food industry. It is one of the largest and fastest growing communities in need of high-end computing, leading to an increasing number of life science researchers who are not computing experts but who need to use complicated computationally intensive biomolecular modelling tools. High quality training is required to enable researchers to use computational tools. 

A competency framework can be used to define the areas of training needs and develop a training programme based on it. A competency is an observable ability of any professional, integrating multiple components such as knowledge, skills and behaviours. BioExcel has developed a competency framework that lists the competencies for professionals in the field of computational biomolecular research. This framework also enables the definition of different profiles within its field of application, which can help people identify the abilities they need for a specific role, e.g. computational chemist, and therefore, inform their career choices and professional development.

The EMBL-EBI training team is involved in a number of projects that use competencies as the basis of their training programme. To provide a central and sustainable home for the generated competency framework the team has developed the competency hub to facilitate access to competency frameworks and relevant training resources and career profiles associated with them. The BioExcel framework is one of the driving use cases for the competency hub. We will demonstrate how users can obtain information from the website to guide their professional development.


Vera Matser

Vera Matser is a Senior Scientific Project Manager in the training team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL outstation) and leads a subteam that works on a varied portfolio of primarily EU-funded projects. Vera currently leads the training and dissemination activities for H2020 grants BioExcel, CINECA (co-lead), PerMed CoE and co-leads the training work package in EOSC-Life. To assess the training needs of the different research communities she coordinates the development of a competency framework, which together with a training gap analysis feeds into the project training programme. She is experienced in running knowledge exchange workshops, training courses and webinar series. 

Vera has a PhD in Plant Developmental Genetics from the University of York, and started being involved in training & teaching during her PhD. She enjoys adding elements of gamestorming to her workshops. In addition to her work she is enrolled on the RItrain EMMRI – Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures and is due to graduate in 2020.

Twitter: @VeraMatser, @BioExcelCoE, @EBItraining

Marta Lloret Llinares

Marta Lloret Llinares is a Scientific Project Manager within the training team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). She develops and organises training activities for several EU-funded projects, mainly BioExcel and CINECA. 

Marta has a PhD in Biomedicine from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. During her PhD, she was involved in teaching activities, mainly through problem-based learning. She then moved to Aarhus University as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. There, she completed a teacher training programme.

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Title: Using competencies to guide training and professional development

Date: 5 November, 2020
Time: 15:00 CET / 14:00 GMT

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