On Finance and 2nd Party Funding

The finance reporting is now over, but there have been many uncertainties about 2nd and 3rd party funding and how they should be reported (or not). 2nd party is defined as relevant funding in the same scope coming from other public and private funding agencies (EU, SNF, etc). 3rd party funding is funding through industrial collaborations. See the SystemsX.ch Finance Handbook for the exact definition.

SystemsX.ch needs to report (to political bodies mainly) how much additional funding and collaboration was “generated” by SystemsX.ch. Obviously this is very hard to assess, and there are no clear instructions and rules. If you have perfect overlap between say an EU project deliverable and a SystemsX.ch deliverable and claim this on both sides, you would have received double funding, and both the EU and SystemsX.ch would claim their money back. However if you can only do certain work because of the perfect overlap, ie. do work that otherwise would not have been possible and the funding is complementary, then you do exactly what everyone wants to see. But again, this may be a fine line to walk. If you can clearly specify synergetic effects, you should report them. There may of course also be only partial funding claimed for ‘synergetic effects that would otherwise not have been possible’, this is in your best judgement to specify.

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SyBIT people at IMSB

The two SyBIT posts have been filled at IMSB, our new colleagues are Adam Srebniak and Emanuel Schmid.

Adam has started at IMSB on October 1st. Adam is a young software engineer from Katowice (Poland), holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and has worked previously in Poland and Finland. His strengths are in in OO, Java and web technologies.

Emanuel will start October 19th. Emanuel is a senior software developer and holds a Masters of Science in Mathematics (1993) and more recently also in Biology (2009), both from the University of Zurich. Due to his recent studies in Biology, Emanuel is familiar with the technologies and techniques and will act as the primary interface to the biologists at the IMSB.

Both Adam and Emanuel hold contracts with the SIB with P.K. as direct supervisor but are placed at the IMSB. Their first tasks will be to address the immediate needs of PhosphoNetX and YeastX, but they will also participate in the Lab Notebook project with WingX and Neurochoice.

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Community Meetings at the SystemsX Day

The Community Meetings at the SystemsX.ch day in Bern have been set up as follows:

  • 13:30 – 14:15 Screening Community Meeting
  • 14:15 – 15:00 Genomics Community Meeting
  • 15:30 – 16:15 Proteomics Community Meeting
  • 16:15 – 17:00 Computational Biology Community Meeting

The subtitle is always “Discussion on Tools, Standards and Policies with SyBIT”. These will be parallel tracks to the afternoon sessions (i will have to sneak out to give a talk at some point but that’s ok).

I realize that we have omitted 2 communities: the infrastructure one and the small community on microscopy and custom instruments. The reason is that the microscopy community is really small and the infrastructure people are probably not present so we need to schedule this separately anyway.

Please comment on the setup and the subtitle.

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Presentations updated

All presentations that i’ve given so far on SyBIT are now in the Wiki. I’ll try to keep it up-to-date. If you have any, please just add it to this page.

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Starting Blog

The purpose here is to keep everyone up-to-date what is happening in SyBIT. It’ll be written by me mostly and therefore be completely subjective. If you see i got somthing wrong, don’t hesitate to post a comment!

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