SURA Cyberinfrastructure Workshop:

Life Sciences and the Grid

Virginia Commonwealth University * Richmond, Virginia
January 9-11, 2006


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About the Workshop


Research in the life sciences, mathematics and computing is at an important nexus driven by the generation of large volumes of rapidly expanding data and the capabilities of technology to share distributed data and resources. The core of this nexus affords researchers the opportunity to address large and complex problems, even model entire organisms. Grid technology, high-performance computing or “cyberinfrastructure” provides the ability to process, analyze, store, and share data on unprecedented scales. Synergy between these research disciplines enables “big” science through “team” science. This workshop endeavors to contribute to this synergy.


  • Life science researchers using ultra large and mixed data types who wish to learn about the opportunities and language of grid technology.
  • Computer scientists, biostatisticians, application developers, collaborative grid project teams seeking insight into the unique needs of the data intensive sciences.
  • Grid experts and organizations interested in sharing roadmaps for successful grid application and resource deployment in support of life sciences research;
  • Research officers, strategic planners and funding agencies wanting information about regional grid infrastructure needs and initiatives.

The workshop benefits those involved in many areas of study including genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, sequence analysis, neuroinformatics, image reconstruction and analysis, drug discovery, evolution and phylogeny, computational biology, networks and systems biology, molecular chemistry, structural bioinformatics, bio-ontologies, biological data modeling and integration, translational research, agriculture, zoology and more.

Attendees are NOT required to have prior knowledge or experience involving computer science, research computing or the grid.

The workshop addresses several topics of interest:

Click here for a downloadable Life Sciences and the Grid flyer.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

SURA is pleased to welcome Sun Microsystems as a Gold Sponsor and IBM as a Silver Sponsor of this workshop. We are seeking additional sponsors for this workshop, to support a quality, balanced educational event that is broadly affordable and accessible. Multiple sponsorship levels are available, with participation in the Ask-A-Grid-Expert panel and exhibit space included with each. For more information on sponsorship, contact Greg Kubiak, SURA Director of Relations & Communications.


Registration for this event has closed, but a limited number of additional seats are available, (at a late registration rate of $225.) Please contact Mary Fran Yafchak, maryfran@sura.org, 315-593-0718.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policies
Conference registration will cover workshop materials, Monday and Tuesday evening receptions, continental breakfast/breaks/lunch on Tuesday, and continental breakfast/a.m. break on Wednesday. Registration fee must be received in full by SURA prior to attendance.

You may pay for this conference in the form of a credit card or invoice guaranteed by credit card. When you visit the registration page, you will be asked to indicate your form of payment. If you request an invoice and the invoice is not paid within thirty days of receipt, the credit card provided will be automatically charged for your meeting registration fee.

Cancellations received on or before 5:00 p.m. EST on December 22, 2005 are entitled to a full conference refund. There will be no refunds after this date. If you cancel after 5:00 p.m. EST on December 22, 2005 and have not paid by any other means, your credit card will be charged the cost of the registration fee. If you cancel your registration after 5:00 p.m. EST on December 22, 2005, you may name another person from your organization to take your place.

Hotel & Travel Information

SURA will reserve a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Richmond-River District, for the "SURA" rate of $74. The Crowne Plaza is located at 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219: (804) 788-0900 or (800) 227-6963. Cut-off for the SURA rate is December 22, 2005.

We will have van service for transportation between the hotel and Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences Building. The workshop is within walking distance - perhaps 15 to 20 minutes depending upon weather. For directions between the hotel and Trani Center, click here.

Registrants will have access to the West Cary Street Parking deck during the conference, (corner of Harrison & Cary Streets, across from the Life Sciences Building). The parking deck is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at $5 per day. (Due to Winter break, the deck closes at 5 p.m., but cars may exit after that time for FREE.)

For more information or questions about this event:
Contact Mary Fran Yafchak, IT Program Coordinator, SURA.

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