Working Groups

How to Join one of our Working Groups!

To join a Working Group (WG) you need to fit one of the following criteria:

  • belong to any institution of a COST Member country that is part of COST Action CA17111
  • any MC Observer or MC Substitute belonging to the COST Action CA17111

To check which Countries/Institutions belong to COST Action CA17111 please see|Name:parties

Every Management Committee (MC) Member of the COST Action CA17111 should actively participate in at least one WG.

To join you must firstly create a COST account if you don’t already have one (, then once you have a COST account please contact the WG Leader of the WG of choice (names and email addresses available below).


Working Groups

Working Group 1

Data interoperability and definition of minimal contextual data standards

This Working Group will focus on contributing to community-wide standards for metadata along with guidelines for their proper use.

WG1 Leader: Prof Reinhard TOEPFER

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Prof Reinhard TOEPFER
Julius Kühn-Institute
Institute for Grapevine Breeding


Working Group 2

Interoperability of infrastructures and web services

In this Working group we will develop a bioinformatics infrastructure to facilitate the discovery, acquisition, storage, processing and integration of diverse grapevine datasets, and this will be managed by distinct nodes.

WG2 Leader: Dr Paul KERSEY

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
United Kingdom


Working Group 3

Data analysis and best practices

Guidelines for best practice focusing on the promotion of standard protocols for omics data processing and analysis will be developed and recommended. These guidelines will help researchers to produce high-quality data and carry out informative analysis in the context of a standard framework, which will further contribute to data integration. Additionally, we will build a centralised framework for the standard annotation of grapevine genes. Such a framework will facilitate the integration of different omics data types by relying on standard formats and ontologies.

WG3 Leader: Prof Johan TRYGG

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Prof Johan TRYGG
Computational Life Science Cluster (CLiC)
Department of Chemistry
Umeå University
Linneaus vag 10


Working Group 4
Dissemination and user community assessment of guidelines and recommendations

A focus of this Working Group will be training and dissemination of the work done by the other WG possibly in joint activities with dissemination and training activities of other large agnostic initiatives. We will disseminate the recommendations made by other working Groups and train the grapevine community to follow these recommendations.

WG4 Leader: Prof Dragan NIKOLIC

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Prof Dragan NIKOLIĆ
University of Belgrade
Faculty of Agriculture
Nemanjina 6


Important Dates

Short term scientific missions. INTEGRAPE can fund your stay in another institution to undertake collaborative research.
Application deadline: October 31, 2019
STSMs for this grant period should be performed until December 31, 2019.
ITC Grants. If you are coming from the Inclusiveness Target Country, INTEGRAPE can fund your attendance at the conference of your choice.
Application deadline: October 31, 2019
The proposed conference must take place before December 31, 2019
Submission of a scientific report, travel documentation, and fee invoice (if applicable) within 30 days