Call for the second round of OBF Event Fellowship 2024 & overview of the last round of 2023.

The OBF Event Fellowship program aims to increase diverse participation at events that promote open-source bioinformatics and/or open science. We invite applications from candidates seeking financial support to attend relevant scientific events from September 2024 to March 2025. These events include conferences, workshops, code fests, hackathons, training courses, collaborative sprints, informal meet-ups or other skill-building and networking events. For more details, please read our OBF Event Fellowship policy document

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Overview of the first round of OBF Event Fellowship 2024

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) Event Fellowship program is now in its 8th year. Starting in 2023, we have three application rounds per year with the following deadlines: 1 April, 1 August, and 1 December. 

In the first round of 2024 (April 2024), we received numerous applications, and seven applicants were selected for funding to support their participation in various events. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  1. Urszula Włodkowska: Nengo Summer School
  2. Tolulope Uzoka: Bioinformatics for Immunologists/EMBL-EBI Training
  3. Sushma Naithani: BOSC 2024
  4. Li Chuin Chong: 23rd European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB2024)
  5. Zehra Köksal: 30th Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics
  6. Erin (Rin) Krichilsky: International Congress of Entomology (ICE)
  7. Felipe Castañeda: Cancer Genomics and Transcriptomics 2024

This fellowship will provide financial support to enable them to attend the aforementioned events.

We recently published a blog post from our latest awardee summarising their experience attending an event with help from OBF Event Fellowships:

Thea Fennell: Open Data, Open Doors

Congratulations to all of our awardees!  We are delighted to support their participation with OBF Event Fellowships, and we wish them all the best for their future work.

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