ELLS LearningLAB 2012 Biology 2.0 - making sense of biological data
Techniques such as high-throughput sequencing and other data-rich research methods are contributing to a huge amount of biological data being produced by researchers. In order to make sense of this data, computer-based analysis methods are required and this has generated the field of bioinformatics. EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. We are Europe’s centre of expertise on how to process, store and analyse life science information and we make this biological data available to researchers around the world through the provision of data resources. The number and range of biological data resources can be bewildering but once familiar with the resources and the data they hold, the use of biological databases gives teachers and students the opportunity to use real scientific data and analysis tools to visualise and learn about biological concepts. Use of web-based user interfaces also helps support the development of effective ICT skills.
The ELLS LearningLab will provide an interactive introduction to the field of bioinformatics, a central part of modern biology that can be used effectively in the classroom to teach biological concepts. During the 2-day course, a combination of seminars, discussions and hands-on activities will:
- Introduce you to the different types of biological information that are stored in public databases, and how to find this information;
- Look at genetic variation and its link with disease;
- Discuss the ethics of personal genomics;
- Update your knowledge on current biological research and introduce our scientists;
- Illustrate a range of classroom activities and equip you to use the freely available bioinformatics resources to support your teaching of biology;
- Include a visit to a world-class sequencing facility;
- Allow you to network and share your experiences with teachers from around Europe.
- Different types of biological data and how to access them using the web
- Conceptualising data organisation, integration and access
- What large sequencing projects can tell us about genetic variation
- The impact of genetic variation on susceptibility to disease
- How to develop your own bioinformatics-based activities
- Data integration in bioinformatics
Hands-on, computer-based activities for direct use in the classroom:
- An introduction to bioinformatics
- Exploring genomes – a treasure hunt on the internet. A step-by-step guide to using different bioinformatics databases and tools to identify a mystery DNA sequence
- Genetic variation and disease
|Sunday 25 November 2012|
|18:00 Onwards||Get together session with dinner|
|Monday 26 November 2012 - Course Manual
|09:00 - 09:45||Registration and Coffee|
|09:45 - 10:15||Welcome and Introduction - (Louisa Wood)|
|10:15 - 11:00||Presentation: What is bioinformatics? - (Guy Cochrane - EBI Group Leader)|
|11:00 - 12:30||Hands-on: Mammoths, biscuits and phylogenetic trees - (Jarek Bryk, NCBE)|
|12:30 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 15:00||Hands-on: A Bioinformatics Treasure Hunt - (Louisa Wood)|
|15:00 - 15:30||Coffee|
|15:30 - 16:30||Hands-on: Evolution of colour vision - (Jarek Bryk, NCBE)|
|16:30 - 18:00||DAS Game: understanding data integration - (Pablo Porras)|
|18:30||Activity development session (with dinner). You become the creators. Explore your own topics with support from EBI experts.|
|Tuesday 27 November 2012|
|08:40||Shuttle bus from the hotel to the EBI|
|09:00 - 09:30||Catch-up session and the ELLS programme - (Louisa Wood and Philipp Gebhardt)|
|09:30 - 10:15||Presentation: Understanding human variation - (Fiona Cunningham - EBI)|
|10:15 - 10:45||Coffee|
|10:45 - 11:00||Presentation: Introduction to the Sanger Institute - (Steve Scott, Sanger Institute)|
|11:00 - 12:00||Campus tour: Sanger Institute and Data Centre|
|12:00 - 12:30||Presentation: Genetics of cancer - (Elli Papaemmanuil)|
|12:30 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 15:00||Hands-on: BRaf: from gene to cancer therapy activity - (Francesca Gale, Sanger Institute)|
|15:00 - 15:30||Coffee|
|15:30 - 17:00||Genome Generation: card-based discussion activity on the ethics of personal genomics - (Steve Scott, Sanger Institute)|
|17:00||Wrap-up and farewells - (Louisa Wood, Philipp Gebhardt)|
Confirming your attendance: To confirm your attendance, please register by 5 October 2012, using the details sent to you in the confirmation email.
Registration Fee: £100 GBP.
Bursaries:We are pleased to offer three bursaries of £200 to assist with teaching cover, the course registration fee and travel costs. All applicants must be active in teaching biology to 16-19 year old students. Candidates of any nationality may apply but must be resident and work in the EU and associated member states.
Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of:
- explanation of the relevance of this course to your teaching;
- justification of use of the funds to support your attendance in the LearningLab;
- demonstration of involvement with national and international teaching networks and a commitment to sharing course materials through these.
How to apply for a bursary?
Once you have registered and paid for the course, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to submit your application for a bursary.
If you are accepted for a bursary, you will be reimbursed for the registration fee upon completion of the course.
Single room accommodation is included in the registration fee for the 25 and 26 November 2012. Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, in Duxford, only a short drive from the EBI.
There will be shuttle buses running between the Holiday Inn Express and EMBL-EBI each day.
Map of Cambridge and Hinxton (including location of EMBL-EBI)
The meeting will take place at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI; IT Training Room), based on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton.
For instructions on how to reach the institute, please view the travel information here
Please note that unfortunately the course schedule does not give time for visits to Cambridge. If you wish to spend some time sight-seeing, we recommend you add extra time to your visit. We will be happy to advise you on some highlights to visit.
For questions regarding the course content, please contact Louisa Wood, EMBL-EBI: email: email@example.com, phone: + 44 (0)1223 494585. For general questions regarding registration, travel and accommodation, please contact Johanna Langrish, EMBL-EBI, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +44 (0)1223 492510.
EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1SD