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BBSRC e-Learning for Systems Approaches

Background

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) requirement for an on-line distance learning package to support systems and integrated approaches will be met from October 2012 onwards by the SysMIC course (Systems training in Maths,
Informatics and Computational biology). More information can be found at SysMIC.

The BBSRC has identified an absence of key skills required for systems and integrative biological research amongst the majority of UK bioscience researchers at all levels of seniority; this is a major strategic vulnerability. For example, only 10% of BBSRC supported scientists have A-level mathematics or better, yet mathematics and the access it provides to computing is the Lingua franca of systems and integrative biology. As a result it has become essential for the UK academic community to respond to this need through the provision of wide‑spread, effective training and tuition in this area. The BBSRC has commissioned the creation of an e‑learning course in fundamental techniques needed to enable systems and integrative approaches to be widely applied throughout its community of 5000 or so directly supported researchers.

The SysMIC consortium

The course will be created and delivered by a consortium which draws expertise from UCL CoMPLEX, UCL Department of Computer Science, UCL Systems Biology the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics, Computing and Life Sciences at the Open University, the Centre for Systems Biology at Edinburgh (CSBE) and School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, the Department of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London and the Institute of Structural Molecular Biology at UCL/Birkbeck.

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