BEAR User Groups


The BEAR User Group aims to bring BEAR users together to maximise the experience through:

    • Drawing users together
    • Sharing user experience
    • Identify problems and raise any concerns with IT Services
    • Proposing further development of software and hardware including licensing issues
    • Supporting University initiatives in relevant areas

The BEAR User Group organise 2 key events to bring users and IT Services together:

The User Group has special-interest subgroups to act as a focus of discussion and self-help for users of specific applications, languages and/or disciplines. Examples of application-specific sub-groups could involve users of Abaqus (finite-element structural analysis) or Ansys CFX and Fluent (computational fluid dynamics), domain of application such as *Omics with access to resources (e.g. TGAC, Galaxy) or Software (e.g. GATK), languages could include parallel code development using Fortran or C/C++ and disciplines could include algorithmic developments in Matlab. There would probably be overlap between these interests, and one benefit of the User Group would be to bring people with common interests in different research areas together. Offers to help in, or lead, any of these subgroups would be welcomed by the BEAR User group Chair, Prof. Jean-Baptiste Cazier, director of the Centre for Computational Biology (

The interests of users in various groups are represented by the user representatives, typically but not necessarily one from each school. Their main role is to raise areas of concern with the User Group which could then be brought forward to the BEAR Management Committee. They complement, not replace, direct approaches by individuals to the BEAR team, but the group would be valuable in identifying areas of common concern and hence helping IT Services prioritise developments to the service. Of course, these user representatives may well also be involved with the special-interest sub-groups. Offers to act as a user representative are welcomed by Prof. Jean-Baptiste Cazier (

Last modified: 9 August 2016