CUB#1: 19 March 2014

CUB #1:  Networking!

What:   Networking. Initiating and Sustaining Academic Relationships. 

From a great blog:

    17h00, 19 March 2014

Where:   SANBI @ Google maps

Bragging rights:  Dr Riaan Conradie, the CEO of HealthQ Technologies, will be talking to us about initiating conversations and creating networks with people from diverse industries, fields and backgrounds.

CUB HUB Meeting 1 Minutes (19 March 2014)

The first meeting of CUB HUB was attended by approximately 22 people

5:10 Introduction and welcome by Natasha Wood. Explanation of CUB HUB and how it arose. Discussion of potential for collaboration/networking with Heidelberg.

5:15 Brief introductions from everyone

5:18 Riaan Conradie begins his presentation on networking

5:45 Comments/questions to the floor.

Natasha Wood talks about the next meeting.

Riaan Conradie suggested that they have one of the next meetings at HealthQ.

Gustavo Salazar suggested the UCT Med School Mac Club in Cape Town option.

Natasha Wood: potential topics include things such as NGS analyses, Github, etc. There is also the potential for speakers from Heidelberg.

The attendees then split into three groups to come up with ideas for what everyone would want from a bioinformatics CUB HUB. The suggestions from the three groups were as follows:

Group one: Colleen Saunders said the group thought topics that address the challenges/opportunities associated with the transition from the wet lab to bioinformatics would be useful. Additional themes, such as meetings that discuss what it means to be a bioinformatician or how to engage in science communication, would be helpful. The thought of an elevator speech (i.e. briefly explain your research to a stranger) was suggested. Natasha Wood also suggested that we should take inspiration from PechaKucha 20×20 idea. Soft skill then seminar alternating per each session. Opportunities to co-author papers.

Group two: James Ross presented the ideas from the group and discussed the option of topics that look at bleeding / cutting edge technologies. This would include topics such as ‘What is the next big thing in bioinformatics?’ and research beyond next generation sequencing. The idea that NGS is no longer ‘next generation’ was brought up. It was also suggested that CUB HUB try and recruit interesting speakers where possible. Riaan Conradie also stated that it would be beneficial if a meeting was devoted for members to communicate what they are currently working on.

Group three: Gordon Wells said the group suggested members present bioinformatics tips that they find useful or save time, etc., in the form of a Tech Talk. Examples such as mode, code snippets, auto jump and workflows people are using and not using and why were given. Galen Wright suggested that this could be done in the form of short talks (e.g. two minutes) so many members could present such tips at one meeting. Gustavo Salazar then said that off topic talks (e.g. expansion of the universe, etc.) and general science hot topic talks would be an interesting theme too.

Natasha Wood: who will drive the next meeting and the website? Will take comments on web.

Riaan Conradie offered to take the next meeting, mid-May 2014.

Natasha Wood: approximately once every two months, or more if appropriate. Set a date for each next meeting at the last meeting. Encourages everyone to go to PechaKucha J




The presentation format is based on a simple idea: 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each whilst the presenter talks you through it. It is a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things interesting. It forces people to reduce, to clear their minds and think about what is relevant. It is amazing how much you can put across in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

The casual atmosphere of the event makes it easy to socialise naturally. You can speak to any presenter during the beer break and say: “That was fantastic, I love what you do!” – and start a conversation from there.
PechaKucha drags you into a live situation with atmosphere, energy and real human interaction. The speakers will inspire you as they share their passions, their creativity, their achievements, just about anything really…

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture. It draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”. It was started as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has however, turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring people worldwide.

NEXT PechaKucha: 6 May 2014, City Hall

6:20 The official meeting adjourns for everyone to drink beer J

Who signed up?

Natasha Wood natasha [at] SANBI From HUBs to CUBs
Galen Wright galen [at] SANBI Word of mouth
Gustavo gsalazar [at] CBIO UCT via nats!
Gordon Wells gordon.wells [at] SUN Natasha Wood
gordon botha gbot300 [at] UCT Natasha Wood
Dane dkennedy1 [at] CHPC Natasha Wood
Warren Emmett warren.emmett [at] UCL natasha wooood
Miguel Lacerda Miguel.Lacerda [at] UCT Natasha
Kenneth Babu babuken [at] UCT Smoke signal from Natasha Wood
Mahjoubeh mahjoubeh [at] SANBI SANBI
Britt Drögemöller 14337185 [at] Stellenbosch University Word of mouth
Wendy Kroger wendy [at] SANBI Natasha Wood
Ayton aytonm [at] UCT Natasha
Fanechka Esterhysen fanechka [at] SANBI Darlington’s email
Colleen Saunders colljsaunders [at] SANBI, UWC SASHG Mailing list
Marike Visser marikev [at] SU/ARC Departmental newsletter
Leendert Cloete leendert [at] SANBI Not from Natasha Wood…
Emil Tanov emil [at] SANBI sanbi student rep
ruben ruben [at] SANBI Via email notification, Collegue within the department
Chimusa emile [at] University of Cape Town mailing list of CBIO
Gayle gdmp27 [at] Synexa Life Sciences Natasha Wood
Brtejnev Muhire mubrejnev [at] Cbio-UCT from Gustavo
Batsirai Mabvakure bmabvakure [at] SANBI SANBI
James Ross rossjlg [at] UP SANBI
Andrew Ndhlovu drewx [at] University of the Witwatersrand SANBI
JP Maree jpmaree5 [at] UFS Colleen Saunders
Fredrick fnindo [at] CBIO colleague, Brejnev
Calvin Tang 210509432 [at] UKZN Colleen Saunders