Joint EMBL-EBI/Wellcome Trust Summer School in Bioinformatics


 Monday 23 Friday 27 June 2014


European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 

Tuesday 01 April 2014


Open application with selection


Lucy Criddle

Registration fee: 


Registration closed


This course 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 across a range of subject areas. To enable more specific exploration of resources in their particular field of interest, participants will then 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 following registration.


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.

Syllabus, tools and resources

During this course you will learn about:

  • Bioinformatics basics: file formats, identifiers, ontologies
  • Bioinformatics databases: Ensembl, ArrayExpress, Gene Expression Atlas, UniProt, InterPro, IntAct, Reactome, ChEMBL
  • Bioinformatics tools: PICR, Blast, FASTA, Clustal Omega, network analysis tools

Please note that the course will not cover aspects of computer programming or in-depth data analysis; there will be no opportunity for you to analyse your own data during this course.


After this course you 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


Time Topic Trainer
Day 1 - Monday 23 June 2014
10:00 Registration and tea/coffee  
10:30 Welcome and intro to the EBI Laura Emery
11:00 Participant introductions All Participants
11:30 The bioinformatics one-way mirror: when "not-true” is not false Bill Pearson
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Genes and genomes: data resources and analytical approaches Emily Pritchard and Laura Emery
15:30 Tea/coffee break  
16:00 Study design for Bioinformatics Alex Bateman
From 17:50 Bedroom check-in  
18:00 Networking drinks  
19:00 Dinner Hinxton Hall  
Day 2 - Tuesday 24 June 2014
07:30 Breakfast  
08:30 Review of taught material Bill Pearson
09:15 Introduction to group projects and meet the mentors
Sarah Morgan
09:30 Meet your groups and initial discussions Participants and Mentors
10:00 Tea/coffee break  
10:30 Functional genomics and proteins Sandra Orchard and Gabriella Rustici
12:00 Lunch  
13:00 Interactions and pathways and chemical biology Pablo Porras and Louisa Bellis
14:30 Tea/coffee break  
15:00 An introduction to similarity searching for sequences Bill Pearson
16:00 Tools for bioinformatics Pablo Porras and Andrew Cowley
19:00 Dinner Hinxton Hall  
20:00 Cash Bar  
Day 3 - Wednesday 25 June 2014
07:30 Breakfast  
09:00 Group work day 1  
10:30 Morning Coffee  
12:00 Lunch  
15:00 Afternoon Tea  
17:00 Keynote lecture John Marioni
19:00 Dinner Hinxton Hall  
Day 4 - Thursday 26 June 2014
07:30 Breakfast  
09:00 Group Work Day 2  
10:30 Morning Coffee  
12:30 Lunch  
15:00 Afternoon Tea  
17:30 Keynote Rachel Harte
19:00 Dinner Hinxton Hall  
Day 5 - Friday 27 June 2014
07:30 Breakfast  
09:00 Bedroom Checkout – luggage to be stored at the EBI  
09:30 Group presentations All
10:30 Morning Coffee  
11:00 Group presentations cont.  
12:00 Course wrap up and feedback  
13:00 Lunch