The demand for biomedical data scientists within and outside Europe is projected to grow 34% from 2014 to 2024, with bioinformaticians and biostatisticians as two of the highly demanded professions. This implies the need for proper education. While in the US and Western Europe there are already available academic programs at the Bachelor and Master levels that offer an adequate education in bioinformatics and biostatistics applied in life sciences, in Eastern and Central Europe there are unmet educational needs in this respect.
- establishing a network of academics from three partner institutions from the Eastern, Central, and Western Europe, adequately positioned and capable of preparing educational programs aimed at training biostatisticians and applied bioinformaticians
- exchange of expertise and best practices between the partner institutions
- creating modular courses (Intellectual Output 1) that can be used in educational programs at master level
- developing the corresponding e-learning materials (Intellectual Output 2) and their implementation allowing for their immediate use
- investigation and creation of a roadmap of the legal framework (Intellectual Output 3) necessary for organization of transnational educational programs in biostatistics and/or bioinformatics applied in life sciences that will facilitate training in these domains.
The expected results are:
increased educational potential of the partner institutions in the domain of bioinformatics and biostatistics applied in life sciences
creation of novel courses in the domain of bioinformatics and biostatistics applied in life sciences at the partner institutions
establishing foundation for future educational initiatives such as joint programs, student exchange schemes, etc. in bioinformatics and biostatistics applied in life sciences
collaborative ties between the partners strengthened organizationally, through the creation of common rules and practices in the area of communication and partnership.