December 2023 Newsletter

In this edition we are pleased to share our year end review, as well as reports from our Hackathon and Machine Learning Workshops and the systematic review of the development and application of HCM.

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the TEATIME COST Action newsletter for improving biomedical research by automated behaviour monitoring in the animal home-cage. In this edition we are pleased to share our year end review, as well as reports from our Hackathon and Machine Learning Workshops and the systematic review of the development and application of HCM.  
Call for 2024 Grant Applications
Our call for grants for 2024 is now open! Please visit the Grants page of the TEATIME website for more information and details on how to apply.
Find our open grant calls
Second TEATIME HCM Advanced Training School

Will be held in Berlin, Germany from 4th to 7th June 2024. Intended for Masters, PhD, and post-doctoral students, with at least 2 years’ experience in rodent behavioural research. Applications open 15 Jan 2024.

Training school information
Hackathon 2023
In October 2023 we held our first Hackathon, which brought researchers from across Europe together to work collaboratively to produce machine learning models for behaviour classification in the home cage. The models and source code will be shared on TEATIME’s GitHub.                 
Read more about this initiative
Machine Learning Workshop
In September 2023, in Jurmala, Latvia, we brought together 26 experts from 15 countries to discuss the proliferation of tools and machine learning applications allowing users to track animal movement and analyse behaviour.
Read more about this event
Grants awarded by TEATIME in 2023
This year we have been delighted to offer grants to researchers to complete 8 Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) in a lab in a different country to their own, 3 ITC Conference Grants and 4 Dissemination Grants to attend and present at academic conferences. Reports can be found on our grant page.
Find reports from previous grants
TEATIME Webinars
Look out for the new videos, including Quantifying behaviour using deep learning. Talmo Pereira. Updates from participants at our Advanced Training School. Is that time for a renaissance of ethologically based measure of anxiety-like behaviors in rodents? 
Watch our webinars
Systematic Review of HCM

We are pleased to share a link to this review of the development and application of HCM in rodents, published in BCM Biology.

Read our paper
TEATIME and IMPC Behaviour and Sensory WG
Silvia Mandillo gave an interesting presentation where she discussed the interaction of TEATIME with the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC).
Presentation slides
Year End Review

Reflecting on our 2023 achievements
We have had a full program across 2023 and we are delighted to share our reflections on this year here:

Read our review

We hope you have found this newsletter interesting and informative. We would be very happy to hear from any of you with feedback and comments. Please also share this newsletter with your colleagues and if you have been forwarded this email and don’t want to miss future newsletters, then please subscribe. All new webinars will be announced on the website and via X 2-3 weeks before the event so please watch the space!

On behalf of all members of the TEATIME Action,

Vootele Voikar – TEATIME Chair
Sara Wells – Grant Holder, TEATIME Vice-chair
Sabine Hölter-Koch – Science Communication Coordinator
This newsletter is based upon work from COST Action TEATIME, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career, and innovation.
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  • Published: 21st December 2023

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