Webinar: The PerMedCoE competency framework to guide training and career development

PerMedCoE webinars are open to everyone interested in PerMedCoE tools and activities. The webinars will include a 30-40 minutes presentation and a Q&A section of around 15 minutes. The recording of this webinar will be publicly available on this web page and the PerMedCoE YouTube channel.


Speakers:Vera Matser and Marta Lloret Llinares (European Molecular Biology Laboratory – European Bioinformatics Institute)
Date and time:Thursday 09 June 2022, 15.00-16.00 CEST
Target group:Anyone interested in training and professional development in the fields of bioinformatics, cell-level simulations and HPC
Learning outcomes:Explain how a competency framework can be used to implement a training programme
Find professional profiles and learning resources that can guide professional development
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PerMedCoE aims at providing an efficient and sustainable infrastructure to support personalised medicine, adapting cell-level simulation methods to pre-exascale systems to translate omics data into molecular disease models. One of the activities to achieve this consists of a training programme to educate professionals in life sciences and HPC communities about the capabilities of PerMedCoE developments.

We created a competency framework to define the training needs and, based on them, implement our training programme. A competency is an observable ability of any professional, integrating multiple components such as knowledge, skills and behaviours. The PerMedCoE framework lists the competencies for professionals within the scope of the CoE: developing cell-level simulation tools with the long-term vision of using them in the clinical context.

The competency framework enables the definition of different professional profiles, which can help people identify the abilities needed for working in a specific role (e.g. bioinformatician, tool developer, biomedical researcher), and therefore, inform their professional development.

We will present the structure of the PerMedCoE competency framework, the first profiles created within it and how to explore it in the EMBL-EBI Competency Hub.

About the speakers:

Vera Matser, PhD, is a Scientific Training Project Coordinator at EMBL-EBI and leads a subteam that contributes to the training and dissemination activities for a number of EU-funded projects. To assess the training needs of the different research communities she coordinates the development of competency frameworks and training programmes. In addition to her work graduated from the RItrain EMMRI – Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures in 2020.

Marta Lloret Llinares, PhD, is a Scientific Project Manager within the training team at EMBL-EBI. Marta currently leads the training activities for H2020 grants BioExcel and PerMedCoE, which run competency-based training programmes. Marta is the product owner of the EMBL-EBI Competency Hub, a repository of competency frameworks that define the abilities required by professionals in a specific field and relate them to training resources and career profiles.