Joint EMBL-EBI/Wellcome Trust Summer School in Bioinformatics
This summer school will provide an introduction to the use of bioinformatics in biological research using publicly available data resources and tools. Participants will initially be introduced to a range of basic tools and resources applicable to a range of subject areas. To enable specific exploration of resources in a particular field of interest, participants will be divided into focused groups to work on a small project set by EMBL-EBI resource and research staff, ending in a presentation from each group on the final day of the course. The course will include training and mentoring provided by experts from EMBL-EBI and external institutes. The programme will be shaped according to participants’ research interests.
This course is aimed at individuals working in biological disciplines who have little or no experience in bioinformatics. Applicants are expected to be embarking on bioinformatics related projects or need to use such approaches in their work. There will be a maximum of 30 participants and places will be awarded on merit. Registration is dependent on successful selection following the application process.
Syllabus, tools and resources
Participants will learn about:
• Bioinformatics basics
• Bioinformatics databases
• Bioinformatics tools
Please note that the course will not cover aspects of computer programming or in-depth data analysis; there will be no opportunity to analyse personal research data during this course.
A major element of this course is a group project, where participants will be placed into groups according to a scientific area of interest and presented with a specific biological question. This will allow exploration of the bioinformatic resources, available in the area of interest, and to apply these to a set problem. This group work will culminate in a presentation session involving all participants on the final day of the course, giving an opportunity for wider discussion on the benefits and challenges of working with biological data.
Projects are offered on the following themes:
• Genome variation
• Exploring the bioinformatics of a specific gene and/or protein of interest
• Network analysis
• Structural biology
Following course completion participants should be able to:
• Discuss applications of bioinformatics in biological research
• Browse, search, and retrieve biological data from public repositories
• Use appropriate bioinformatics tools to explore biological data
• Comprehend some ways biological data can be stored, organised and interconverted
"Thank you for a hugely enjoyable week. Based on this course I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to others, or applying for a different one. The practical work was invaluaable. I got some excellent tips/tricks and knowledge out of it, and some good pointers on where to go from here. It was great to put faces to some of the big names on papers I've read, and even ask the a couple of questions. I wish this course every success in the future"
"Thank you the EBI for providing such an interesting and useful course. I will try to come back for another EBI course related to my research to improve my professional skills as much as this course has done"
|Day 1 - 22 June 2015|
|10:00||Registration and tea/coffee|
|10:30||An Introduction to the EBI||Laura Emery|
|11:00||Bioinformatics BINGO||Laura Emery|
|11:30||Study design for Bioinformatics||Alex Bateman|
|13:30||The bioinformatics one-way mirror: when "not-true" is not false||William Pearson|
|15:30||Tips for working with biological data|
|16:30||Using the command line||Andrew Cowley|
|17:00||Introduction to projects||Sarah Morgan|
|19:00||Dinner Hinxton Hall|
|Day 2 - 23 June 2015|
|09:00||An introduction to the nature of genomics data||TBC|
|10:30||Genome browsing with Ensembl||Ensembl outreach|
|12:00||Lunch with mentors|
|13:00||An introduction to the nature of transcriptomics data||TBC|
|14:30||Introduction to sequence searching||William Pearson|
|19:00||Dinner Hinxton Hall|
|Day 3 - 24 June 2015|
|09:00||Group work day 1|
|11:00||Group work day 1 continued…|
|12:00||Optional mini tutorial 1 - Webservices||Andrew Cowley|
|12:30||Lunch and posters|
|13:30||Keynote lecture 1||TBC|
|15:00||Group work day 1 continued…|
|19:00||Dinner at Hinxton Hall|
|Day 4 - 25 June 2015|
|09:00||Group projects 1 minute interim report|
|09:30||Group work day 2|
|11:00||Group work day 2 continued…|
|12:00||Optional mini tutorial 2 – Network analysis||Pablo Porras|
|13:30||Keynote lecture 2||TBC|
|15:00||Group work day 2 continued…|
|19:00||Dinner at Hinxton Hall|
|Day 5 - 26 June 2015|
|09:00||Preparation of group presentations|
|13:00||Group presentations continued...||All|
|14:00||Course wrap up and feedback|
Registration with Single Accommodation: £500.00
Accommodation, catering, and tutoring are included in the registration fee. Payment will be requested following confirmation of acceptance on the course.
This is a residential course and includes accomodation at The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of 22, 23, 24, and 25 June 2015.
Application deadline: 18 March 2015
Places on this Summer School are limited to 30 and will be awarded on merit. Applicants should be individuals with little or no experience in bioinformatics and engaged in relevant research and will required to complete an online application form when registering.
You will be asked to complete the following information:
- Qualifications & justification for attendance
- List of any relevant publications
- A scientific outline of current research
- Details of supervisor. The supervisor will receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete the application.
Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a supervisor's supporting statement.Please notify the supervisor that they will receive an e-mail from the Wellcome Trust requesting submission of a supporting statement to complete the application.
The selection process will take place in March 2015. Bursaries or travel grants are not available for this year's summer school.
Full details of how to apply can be found here: APPLY HERE