← Back to Home

The Galaxy Community

A vibrant community of contributors is the reason this project exists. The Galaxy team alone cannot possibly maintain enough servers, wrap enough tools, teach enough workshops, implement all needed features, or answer every question on its own. This is why community is vital to our core mission - enabling reproducible research in data-rich sciences and beyond. Members within the Galaxy community are located all around the world and often form subgroups that differ in size (small versus large) and degree of privacy (public versus private). This page highlights these groups.

Responsive image

GCC2019 in Freiburg, Germany, photo by Bérénice Batut

Galaxy Community Conferences

In 2010 the National Science Foundation initiated a yearly gathering of Galaxy users and developers by providing the project with a grant supplement. Since then this gathering has grown into an annual event known as the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC). GCC alternates between North America and elsewhere, and provides a forum for sharing knowledge and building collaborations. There have been over 200 participants every year since 2012.

Working Groups and Project Governance

Galaxy Working Groups are how the community manages and contributes to key parts of the Galaxy ecosystem. Working Groups were introduced in December 2020. If you want to get involved with Galaxy in a significant way then we recommend joining a working group.

Working Groups are a key component of the Galaxy Governance Model, which also includes the Galaxy Steering Committee and the Galaxy Exec.

IUC: Keepers of Galaxy Tools

The Intergalactic Utilities Commission (IUC) was established in 2012 to enable the pervasive use of the main Galaxy Tool Shed by ensuring the repositories available include contents that are functionally correct and optimized for installation into local Galaxies. When appropriate, the group provides guidance to Galaxy tool developers so that they can improve the quality of their repositories.


  • Maintains a set of high quality Galaxy tools in the GitHub repository. This repo serves as an excellent example and inspiration to all Galaxy tool developers.
  • Cultivates and shares the Galaxy tool development best practices document.
  • Provides support to tool developers on a public Gitter channel.

Galaxy Training Network

Galaxy Training Network

The Galaxy Training Network (GTN) is a network of people that create and maintain a large library of Galaxy and Galaxy-based training materials. This material can be used in training and education settings, or used in stand-alone, self-paced training. It's a good way to learn bioinformatics and Galaxy.

Conda and Bioconda


Conda is an open source package management system that is heavily used by Galaxy to manage tool dependencies and installations. Bioconda is a specific channel for Conda that distributes popular bioinformatics software, many of which have been wrapped by the Galaxy community.

Galaxy Developer Roundtable

Galaxy Developer Round Table

This group meets every other Thursday. It's an opportunity for presenters (Galaxy users, developers, admins) to engage with the Galaxy developer community interactively. These are lightweight and informal gatherings, and are cancelled if no one volunteers to present.

Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to present, please fill out this form by midday Wednesday of that week.

Regional Communities

Region Info Links
Arabic Community The Galaxy Arabic speaking community supports Galaxy activity for the Arabic speaking community and Arabic speaking regions of the world.
Australia Australian Galaxy community
Czech Česká komunita Galaxy / Czech Galaxy Community
Europe ELIXIR Galaxy Community
Galaxy Europe

France Galaxy in the French Speaking World
India Indian Galaxy Community
Japan Pitagora Galaxy Community
The Netherlands Galaxy-NL has a mailing list and annual community meetings.
UK Galaxy in the United Kingdom