The Galaxy Australasia Meeting 2017 (GAMe 2017) took place at VLSCI, the EMBL-ABR Hub. Galaxy users and administrators came together from interstate and around the world, to learn and talk all things Galaxy. Important members of the international Galaxy team came to the University of Melbourne as part of their goal to make data-intensive biology accessible to everyone through their open, web-based platform for biomedical research. The opportunity to collaboratively identify and address the needs of the local community and to interact directly with the international Galaxy team was enthusiastically taken up by 80 participants. 

 GAMe 2017 took place between 3-9 February, starting with a Researcher Training Day using Omics generated training tutorials for workshops on Genome Assembly, RNA-Seq, RAD-Seq, and Variant Calling for analysis-focussed biologists and biomedical researchers with limited experience of Galaxy.

A 2-day BIO:INFO Conference followed, with keynotes, talks and posters, birds-of-a-feather sessions and plenty of opportunities for networking between biologists, bioinformaticians, and administrators. A 4-day intensive Galaxy Administrators Training course for those installing and maintaining Galaxy servers immediately followed the conference.

This was the first major activity of the newly established Galaxy Australia community, which already includes plenty of Galaxy experts responsible for the Genomics Virtual Laboratory. 

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Photos: Participants and speakers at the BIO:INFO Conference, local PhD Student, Sehrish Kanwal (University of Melbourne), pleased to meet Galaxy Team members Björn Grüning (University of Freiberg) and James Taylor (Johns Hopkins University), Researcher Training Day participants learning Genome Assembly and Variant Calling with Galaxy.