Research-Data Management in Biophysics

VC/L-1 - BlueJeans VC Room 1 (Video conferencing)

VC/L-1 - BlueJeans VC Room 1

Video conferencing

Carsten Baldauf (Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG) , Hans-Günther Döbereiner (Uni Bremen)

A virtual workshop at the European Biophysics Conference 2021

Our aim is to engage in discussions about research-data handling in general and about the peculiarities of biophysics data. Experimental data are only meaningful when methods, machinery, sample, measurement conditions, and measured quantities are known. Likewise, computational data is only worth keeping if all aspects of the underlying simulation are recorded in detail as well. To create and provide data according to the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable), we need extensive annotation, i.e., a systematic metadata catalogue. Such data structures can only be developed in a community effort. Specific topics of this workshop can be:

  • Background on research data
  • Identifying needs and strategies specific to biophysics regarding:
    • User and software interfaces of data handling platforms
    • Strategies for developing (meta)data standards
    • Recruiting


We will have short stimulating talks that motivate research data management (RDM), discuss meta data structures, and exemplify biophysics aspects in RDM. Confirmed speakers are:

  • Jan Dohnálek (BIOCEV Praha)
  • Luca Ghiringhelli (FHI Berlin)
  • Bert de Groot (MPI Biophys. Chem.)
  • Marc Hütt (Jacobs University Bremen)
  • Josan Marquez (EMBL Grenoble and Instruct ERIC)
  • Ana-Sunčana Smith (Uni Erlangen)
  • Mark Williams (ISMB Biophysics Centre London)
  • Peter Wittenburg (MPCDF Munich)

... please check back for updates!

Video conferencing

We will use the video conference service BlueJeans for the workshop. Some information can be found here. When first starting a BlueJeans Meeting, the BlueJeans App will ask to be installed. If for any reason you can't install the app, you can also join by just using a browser.

We decided to switch to Zoom!


During the meeting, we will be using up to three meeting rooms:

Meeting report

We will write a meeting report. Please follow this link to a joint document for taking notes.

    • 09:00 09:15
      Introduction and Welcome 15m
      Speakers: Carsten Baldauf (Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG) , Hans-Günther Döbereiner (Uni Bremen)
    • 09:15 09:45
      Digital Transformation & Research Data Management 30m
      Speaker: Peter Wittenburg (MPCDF Muenchen)
    • 09:45 10:15
      NOMAD Metainfo: FAIR (meta)data for materials science 30m
      Speaker: Luca Ghiringhelli ( NOMAD Laboratory at the Fritz Haber Institute and Humboldt University Berlin )
    • 10:15 10:45
      Break 30m
    • 10:45 11:15
      Data and metadata: biomolecular simulations 30m
      Speaker: Bert de Groot (MPI for Biophysical Chemistry Göttingen)
    • 11:15 11:30
      The Galaxy platform as a solution for reproducible molecular dynamics workflows 15m
      Speaker: Simon Bray (University of Freiburg)
    • 11:30 12:00
      An Overview of Data Management in Structural Biology 30m
      Speaker: Josan Marquez (EMBL Grenoble)
    • 12:00 12:30
      The FAIR principles in the context of theoretical biophysics and self-developed methodologies 30m
      Speaker: Ana-Suncana Smith
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 13:30 14:00
      Data in Systems Biology and Systems Medicine: A brief overview 30m
      Speaker: Marc-Thorsten Hütt (Jacobs University Bremen)
    • 14:00 14:30
      Molecular biophysics data management under MOSBRI: Past Experiences and Planning for the Future 30m
      Speakers: Jan Dohnálek (BIOCEV Praha ) , Mark Williams (ISMB BiophysX Centre London)
    • 14:30 14:45
      Introduction to group discussions 15m
      Speakers: Carsten Baldauf (Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG) , Hans-Günther Döbereiner (Uni Bremen)
    • 14:45 15:45
      Group discussions
      • 14:45
        Group 1 1h VC/M-1 - BlueJeans VC Room 1

        VC/M-1 - BlueJeans VC Room 1

        Video conferencing

      • 14:45
        Group 2 1h VC/M-2 - BlueJeans VC Room 2

        VC/M-2 - BlueJeans VC Room 2

        Video conferencing

    • 15:45 16:00
      Wrap-up and closing remarks 15m
      Speakers: Carsten Baldauf (Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG) , Hans-Günther Döbereiner (Uni Bremen)