About us

Empowering people, harnessing communities, networking networks
GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training, is a legally registered foundation. Its mission is to:

  1. Provide a global, sustainable support and networking structure for bioinformatics trainers and trainees (including a training portal for sharing materials, tools, tips and techniques; guidelines and best practice documents; facilities to help train the trainers; and offering different learning pathways for different types of learner)
  2. Facilitate capacity development in bioinformatics in all countries
  3. Develop standards, guidelines and branded materials and courses, to help drive up the quality of bioinformatics training
  4. Act as a hub for fund gathering
  5. Reach out to, amongst others, teachers at high schools, to bridge the gap to the next generation of bioinformaticians, 
  6. Foster the international community of bioinformatics, biocuration, biocomputing and computational biology trainers, and
  7. Become the professional body for bioinformatics learning, education and training.

Its ethos embraces:

  • inclusivity (welcoming all relevant organisations, networks, societies)
  • sharing (expertise, best practice, materials, tools, compute resources)
  • openness (using Creative Commons Licence)
  • innovation (welcoming imaginative ideas and approaches) 
  • tolerance (transcending national, political, cultural and social boundaries)

Following the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was drawn up, which, having acquired its fifth signature, came into force on 6 July 2012. By 29 May 2013, the MoU had acquired twenty-nine signatures from twenty-six participating organisations, and several individuals had also joined. GOBLET's statutes and byelaws were updated in June 2016, and ratified at the 2016 AGM in Brisbane. The principal themes that GOBLET's activities aim to address encompass:

  • Quality (of training, of training resources, of trainers)
  • Accreditation
  • Incentivisation (recognition)
  • Training methods
  • Outreach
  • Sustainability (funding)

    A snap-shot of some of GOBLET's work and achievements was presented in a 'lightning-talk' at the Workshop for e-Infrastructure Trainers in Daresbury, UK; an updated flash-slide was presented at the ELIXIR AllHands meeting in Rome, March 2017. Learn more about GOBLET from our brochure