NorthernBUG is a network of broadly defined bioinformaticians and users or bioinformatics services in the north of England. Inspired by Scottish NextGenBUG, we hold meetings three times a year to build a community of researchers and others using big data in biology. We support researchers, educators and others using big data in biology and engage in dissemination and practice of computational biology and promote the foundational skills, best approaches and collaborations across the community. Our meetings are free to attend, single-day, single-track and open to everyone (whether from the North or not), particularly to graduate students and early-career researchers.

We strongly believe that NorthernBUG creates an important niche for researchers using computational techniques across the participating institutions and beyond. With its emphasis on practical and best practice, as well as allowing work-in-progress and informal exchange of information it is a unique source of support and a friendly peer network.

We are supported by The Genetics Society as a Special Interest Group. For a more detailed view of our meetings, please read this report from the northernBUG 6 in Leeds.