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Upskilling (young) professionals in Data Analysis and Data Stewardship: The Interreg project Helis Academy

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In the context of the Helis Academy, and as part of its data analysis and stewardship program, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) and Maastricht University (UM) will organize a Closing Symposium. An event where a select group of inspirational speakers from industry, academia and government will provide their insight on the skill gap in Life Sciences & Health and their perspectives on possible next steps.

The purpose of this event is to create more awareness about:

  • the need for more ‘digital skills’ in LSH sector;
  • the need for better information for students;
  • the need for professional learning;
  • the need for better alignment of ‘curricula’ and ‘labor market’;
  • the need for more collaboration throughout the landscape of public and private providers of education & training.

And to show what were the lessons learned during the Helis Academy project:

  • Lessons about eLearning;
  • How do we collaborate with research projects;
  • How did we reach the industry;
  • What Helis Academy DAS has achieved to help to solve the issues that the LSH is experiencing.

Who will you hear from?!

  • Carmen van Vilsteren (TU/e) received her degree in Industrial Engineering and Design with honors in 1985 from Delft University of Technology. She has an impressive entrepreneurial background and has been active in both startups and multinationals. Her most recent position was as Solution Development Manager for the Material Science Business Unit at FEI Company (2008-2015). Between 1986 and 2004, she held a variety of positions at Philips Healthcare, specifically at the Cardiovascular X-ray division, where she successfully led the development of new systems that are currently successfully used worldwide to diagnose and treat patients with cardiovascular diseases. Carmen is also CEO of Microsure, a TU/e spinoff in the field of microsurgical robots. In addition to her work at TU/e, she also acts as a mentor for MedTech startups.
  • Paul Koenraad (TU/e) obtained his PhD in Semiconductor Physics for TU/e in 1990. Previously, he obtained an MSc in Physics from the University of Utrecht. He has become an internationally leading expert in the application of scanning probe techniques for the study of nanostructures such as quantum dots, and has led the emerging field of single impurity analysis and manipulation in semiconductors by STM techniques. Paul is the Dean of the TU/e Graduate School and a program director of the Active Nanophotonics Devices program (€9m, part of the national nanotechnology trust NanoNextNL). In 2005 he was awarded a Vici subsidy from the research funding organization NWO for his research. Apart from his role as professor of semiconductor materials, Koenraad led the PSN group for ten years. Since 2013 he has also been dean of the Honors Academy of TU/e. In 2016 he become vice-dean of the Applied Physics department and in 2017 he became dean of the TU/e Graduate School.
  • Alexander Botzki (VIB) is heading the central Bioinformatics Core at VIB, the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology, Belgium. The main mission of the facility is providing bioinformatics training, scientific software development, and the integration of bioinformatics datasets for the VIB scientist. From September 2009 to July 2014, he was responsible for the roll-out of E-Notebook (electronic lab notebook) to VIB’s researchers within 75 research groups. Before joining VIB, Alexander worked on various computational biology projects for Algonomics (bought by Lonza, 2008/2009) and DevGen (now Syngenta, from 2006-2008). During Alexander’s PostDoc at Sanofi Aventis in Strasbourg, he executed various virtual screening campaigns on the compound collection of the merged enterprise. He received his doctoral degree with the group of Prof. Dr. Armin Buschauer on ‘Structure-based design of hyaluronidase inhibitors’.
  • Rita Neves (TU/e) is a researcher at the TU/e Department of Mathematics and Computer Science working on various parts of the Helis Academy project. She received her M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Prior to her current position, she has worked in different areas related to nuclear medicine and basic scientific research during her placement in iCBR (Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research, Portugal) for three years.


This event is aimed at:

  • People from funding bodies
  • People needing training (companies, research project leads, project managers)
  • People planning developments in the actual pillars


13:00 - 13:15 Welcome

13:15 - 14:15 Skill gap in Life Sciences & Health in the industry

14:15 - 14:35 Introduction to Helis Academy by TBC

14:35 - 15:00 Break

15:00 - 16:00 Introduction to DAS domain

  • FAIR Data Stewardship
  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Omics Data Analysis

16:00 – 16:20 Helis Tools: RésuMe & SuitAbility by Rita Neves (TU/e)

16:20 – 17:00 Outlook and Next steps

17:00 Closing

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