Project title: Educating Experts of the Future : Developing Bioinformatics and Biostatistics competencies of European Biomedical Students

    Project Acronym : BECOMING

    Registration number: 2019-1-HU01-KA203-061251
    Duration of the project: 01/09/2019 – 31/08/2022

    Partners: Medical University of Bialystok – Poland

                      Hasselt University

    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.Hence, the aim of the project is to support a change in the landscape related to the availability of well trained bioinformaticians and biostatisticians.This will be achieved by the following activities:
    - 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 andapplied 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 project was supported by the European Commission. The views expressed in this publication (communication) do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.