Over the years GARNet has either produced or provided information and evidence for a variety of reports and meeting transcripts. A number of which are available to download here. We hope you find them really useful.

Making Data Accessible to All

27th Jul 2012

On Thursday 12 July, GARNet and Egenis hosted the ‘Making Data Accessible to All’ Workshop at the Innovation Centre, University of Exeter. Participants discussed data donation and use, data dissemination, and means of tracking and evaluating data use, with the aim of making recommendations about data use in plant science.


Making Data Accessible to All: Introduction – Sabina Leonelli (Egenis, University of Exeter)

Session 1: Data donation, analysis and use

Creating, leveraging and sustaining public data (and more) with uncertain funding ­– Andrew Millar (University of Edinburgh)

Accessing and using metabolomics data – Nick Smirnoff (University of Exeter)

From bench to web, via spreadsheets: practical data sharing in research groups – Jay Moore (University of Warwick)

Sharing Data with Omero – Jacob Newman (University of East Anglia)

Session 2: Curating and publishing data

Providing more actionable data associated with articles – Mary Traynor (editor of Journal of Experimental Botany)

Connecting Scientific Articles with Research Data – Giles Jonker (Executive Publisher for Agronomy at Elsevier)

Integrating Research Data and Publications – Ruth Wilson (publisher at Nature Publishing Group)

Getting credit for all of your research – Mark Hahnel (Founder of Figshare)

What role can publishers play in managing data? – Claire Bird (Senior Publisher, Life Sciences, Oxford Journals)

Session 3: Data curation and management

NASC: Reciprocal CTRL-ALTruism – Sean May (NASC)

Data Deluge - A bioinformatics centre's perspective – David Swarbreck (The Genome Analysis Centre)

Traces of a botanical economy; on the regulation of collecting – Alan Pottage (London School of Economics)

Data sharing: a perspective from the BBSRC – Paul Burlinson (BBSRC)

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Next Generation Sequencing in Arabidopsis Research Workshop

22nd May 2012

TGAC hosted a workshop at the JIC on 17th April 2012 to outline the Next Generation Sequencing platforms and pipelines at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and how they can further Arabidopsis research.


Welcome and introduction to TGAC - Mario Caccamo (Head of Bioinformatics)

Sequencing libraries and platforms - Melanie Febrer (Library Construction Team Leader)

Re-sequencing Arabidopsis accessions - Sarah Ayling (Computational Genomics Team Leader)

Introduction to GridGate (a bioinformatics as a service platform) - Greg Compton (i-Abra)

Hands on experience using the ShoreMap pipeline

Expression analysis (RNA-seq) - David Swarbreck (Genome Analysis Team Leader)

The Tuxedo pipeline in GridGate - Greg Compton

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100 Most Important Questions Facing Plant Science

8th Sep 2011

Plant scientist' should take its rightful place beside 'doctor', 'lawyer' and 'vet' in the list of top professions to which our most capable young people aspire, according to a hard-hitting letter by an international group of botanists and crop scientists published in New Phytologist on the 8th September 2011.

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An International Model for the Future of Plant Science

16th Sep 2010

A variety of documents have been developed outlining visions for plant science with differing geographic and scientific foci. This report is unique in the scope and scale of its recommendations; it provides an international vision for the next decade to inform scientists, funders, and decision makers globally. Although the focus here is specifically on plant science, agronomy, soil science, the legal framework protecting plant varieties, ecology, and other areas not covered in this vision will also be crucial in translating fundamental understanding of plants into effective actions. This vision is a direct outcome of a meeting of plant science researchers from 10 different nations who were invited to the Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the United States in 2009 to discuss their perspectives on the current and future challenges in plant science. Funding for the meeting was provided by three national funding agencies and coordinated through the International Steering Committee for Plant Genomics.

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EU 2020 European Vision for Plant Science

2nd Jun 2008

This report was generated from a workshop help in Bonn in 2008, which aimed to map a way forward for plant science in the next decade, by looking at the current major challenges facing biology and investigating how plants, particularly Arabidopsis, could provide solutions to these challenges.

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2020 Vision for Biology: The Role of Plants in Addressing Grand Challenges in Biology

3rd Jan 2008

Report from an NSF-sponsored workshop held January 3-5, 2008 that focused on the future directions for plant research, with special emphasis on the role of the reference species Arabidopsis in uncovering fundamental biological principles that will enable us to face future challenges to our well-being and that of the global environment.

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Final BBSRC Report in Plant Systems Biology

1st Jul 2006

Systems biology has a grand vision – understanding all the components of a biological system and their interactions, across all relevant levels of organisation. In the plant context, the vision might translate into a whole-plant computer model that accounts for seed-to-seed development and environmental responses, starting from the scale of macromolecular and metabolic processes. GARNet’s Advisory Committee has been contemplating how this could best be approached in UK Arabidopsis research and has submitted it's finding to the BBSRC’s Integrative and Systems Biology Panel.

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SEB Systems Biology Forum - Meeting Report

7th Apr 2006

During the SEB Canterbury 2006 conference GARNet helding an open forum to discover the communities view on plant systems biology and how it could be best co-ordinated in the UK.

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JIC Systems Biology Forum - Meeting Programme

22nd Mar 2006

GARNet held an open forum at the JIC to discover the communities views on plant systems biology and how it could be best co-ordinated in the UK.

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JIC Systems Biology Forum - Meeting Report

22nd Mar 2006

GARNet held an open forum at the JIC to discover the communities views on plant systems biology and how it could be best co-ordinated in the UK.

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