Who do we train?

Our training is aimed at scientists and biomedical professionals at postgraduate level and above. For many of our courses, no prior training in bioinformatics is necessary but please check the prerequisites for each course to check its suitability for you.

In addition to courses, which as part of the EMBL Course and Conference Programme are open to applications from all postgraduate researchers, EMBL-EBI has a regular programme of specialised knowledge exchange workshops for our industry partners .

What do we train on?

We train scientists at all levels to get the most out of publicly available biological data. We familiarise our trainees with EMBL-EBI’s data resources and tools through practical exercises, demonstrations and discussions, with a major emphasis on providing hands-on experience.

We provide introductory training for new users through to advanced training for bioinformaticians.

While our focus is on EMBL-EBI resources, we take care to put them in the context of other bioinformatics services by inviting guest trainers from other bioinformatics centres of excellence, and by raising awareness of the fundamental concepts underlying bioinformatics. 

How do we train?

The EMBL-EBI Training Programme has four strands: 


Train at EMBL-EBI

Our on-site courses develop practical skills and knowledge. They are led by EMBL-EBI experts, often in collaboration with experts from other centres of excellence in bioinformatics,  and are hosted in our purpose-built training suite. Find out more 


Train outside EMBL-EBI

We send our dedicated trainers to host organisations to provide hands-on training on EMBL-EBI data, tools and resources. Find out more


Train online

We provide free, on-demand access to EMBL-EBI courses; allowing you to choose when, where and how you learn. Find out more


Train the trainer

We work with our collaborators to support capacity building in the bioinformatics training community. Contact us to learn more.

Quality assured and tailored to continuing professional development

We are working with LifeTrain – the European Common Framework for continuing professional development in the biomedical sciences – to support the continuing professional development of biomedical professionals.   Find out more