My friend Greg, despite being “gringo”, speaks good Turkish and Spanish. Better than me, for sure. Since he also speaks math and computers we usually talk a lot. He convinced me to attend to a series of meetings held at Istanbul Technical University, Maçka Campus, about data science. They are organized by a nice group of students and data scientist that call themselves Dataistanbul.
Despite my basic understanding of the Turkish Language, I enjoyed the talk. The organizers approached Greg and Emrah and spoke to them in English, since they both are blond. I look Turkish so people speaks Turkish to me. Somehow this conversation ended with an invitation for me to speak about Bioinformatics and Data Science in Science.
Finally I gave a talk to the group, with a general overview of the kind of data questions arising from genomics and bioinformatics. The slides can be seen here.