New industry research inspired by a Pistoia Alliance initiative Since March 2016 I have been involved in an exciting new Pistoia Alliance group called User Experience for Life Sciences (UXLS).  It’s a collaborative project looking into UX for scientific software in Life Sciences R&D. We are a dynamic bunch of User Experience Designers and professionals, with a passion for improving the experience of using software for scientific research in life science R&D.  (See more about us in my post about our recent face-to-face workshop).  My latest…Continue Reading “UX Design: maximising the value of scientific software in life science R&D”

User Experience for Life Sciences (UX LS) is a community of UX practitioners focussed on enabling organisations to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop and deploy scientific software.  A Pistoia Alliance – EMBL-EBI joint workshop was held on 28-29 June, and built on the activities that have been underway since the inaugural User Experience for Life Sciences workshop, convened in September 2016 at the EBI. Championed by Till Dettmering of Leica, Joel Miller of Amgen, Pat Keller of Novartis and coordinated by the…Continue Reading “User Experience for Life Science Workshop 2017”

The role offers an opportunity to work with Web designers, Web developers, scientific service providers, and other UX designers

The European Bioinformatics Institute is looking for a new User Experience (UX) Designer to join the Web Development Team, based in South Cambridgeshire, UK.  Apply now to start working with some of the most interesting and complex UX projects you’ll ever come across.  This would be a great opportunity to diversify your portfolio of UX design, reaching into molecular biology, systems biology, genetics, drug-discovery and more. EMBL recruits internationally and offers benefits As part of EMBL, EBI recruits globally and offers generous benefits, including help for those moving…Continue Reading “Are you looking for a new challenge? EMBL-EBI is hiring a new UX Designer”

An event to form a new network of sketchnoters… Since World Sketchnote Day back in January, I have been busy thinking how we could establish a new community of graphic recorders and wannabe-graphic recorders on the Wellcome Genome Campus, including of course many of my colleagues at EMBL-EBI.  I plumped for a workshop to kick-off our efforts, and was not disappointed by the turnout (18 people).  I was impressed by the skills and ideas of those who attended, and learned a lot. An opportunity to practise the…Continue Reading “Get Creative with Sketchnoting – mini graphic recording workshop at EMBL-EBI”

A news report written by Oana Stroe Originally posted at the EMBL-EBI website on 9 Mar 2017 User Experience (UX) designers and researchers at EMBL-EBI debunked common UX myths and shared tips for best practice in a Wellcome Genome Campus seminar on 3 March 2017. The event encouraged members of our life-science community to apply UX design in their projects, and to seek support and guidance on a new local forum. “UX design is already well-established in the consumer sector, but still holds significant untapped potential…Continue Reading “Guest post: UX design for the life sciences – myths and realities”

It has taken a while to write this post about the formidable Dan North and his workshop “Software faster: from months to minutes”, which we hosted at EMBL-EBI in September 2016. Portrait of a software ethnographer Dan North: keen observer of software developer behaviour Dan North has been carefully observing productive software development teams that have quite exceptional – and rather surprising – habits. Based on his observations, he has created a set of unique patterns that allow others to mimic these innovative practices and optimise…Continue Reading “Dan North’s Mission to Help Teams Develop Great Software Faster: workshop report & sketchnotes”

On 24th January, James Lewis (Principal Consultant) and Ian Cartwright (Technical Principal) of ThoughtWorks visited us at EMBL-EBI to help us create the organisation’s very first technology radar.   What is a tech radar? It’s a snapshot of which technologies are upcoming and trendy, stable, and those in decline.  It is created every 6 months by ThoughtWorks, an IT consultancy. The radar is split into: Adopt Trial Assess Hold It also has quadrants covering different categories of technology, but the boundaries are often blurred: Techniques…Continue Reading “ThoughtWorks Technology Radar Workshop”

world sketchnote day

Wednesday is World Sketchnote Day 2017!  As part of the celebrations I’ll be helping to host a sketchnoting event at EMBL-EBI.  Details are below and are also featured on the Sketchnote Army website, along with the other events happening all over the world. ——————————— Sketchnoting science at EMBL-EBI with Dr. Jenny Cham – Cambridge, UK Working in an international environment is an excellent experience, and comes with some built-in challenges – language, for one. Visual communication can make a big difference, and smooth the edges…Continue Reading “World Sketchnote Day 2017 – #SNDay2017”

At the end of October, the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre – which is just a few hundred yards from my office at EMBL-EBI – hosted the BioData World Congress 2016.       The tagline for the event was “Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Precision Medicine” and many high profile speakers attended, including amongst others: Nicola Blackwood MP, NHS executives, directors of research institutes and big companies like IBM, a correspondent from the BBC, people from the European Commission, clinicians, tech suppliers etc….Continue Reading “Design Thinking to Explore the Patient-Centric Future of Precision Medicine: Workshop Report & Reflection”

Empowering scientists to work better, faster, and easier by applying UCD principles and UX process by Pat Keller, Novartis

Although I am biased (being one of the organisers) I am very happy to report that the joint ‘EMBL-EBI Industry Programme’/’Pistoia Alliance’ pre-competitive workshop on “Success in life science R&D through user experience design” was a triumph. The meeting took place this week at EMBL-EBI on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge UK and was attended by 35 delegates representing diverse pharmaceutical, agri-food, scientific software, and design companies.  The meeting was chaired by our excellent moderator, Nick Skinner of Poppyfish, with the support of a…Continue Reading “Sketchnotes from the Workshop: “Success in life science R&D through UX design””