Bioinformatics for core facility managers


 Tuesday 6 Thursday 8 June 2017


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

Application opens: 

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Application deadline: 

Friday 07 April 2017


Open application with selection


Charlotte Pearton

Registration fee: 


Registration closed


Bioinformatics core facilities play an essential role in enabling research in the molecular life sciences. This is constantly evolving as new research tools emerge, as experiments become increasingly data intensive, and as their clients – experimental researchers – become more exposed to the power of data-driven biology. This is an opportunity for managers of core facilities to learn directly from EMBL-EBI’s service teams, from each other and from potential users.

This course is organised in parallel with Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators to maximise opportunities for networking. Shared sessions are highlighted in bold.

Members of Core Technologies for the Life Sciences are entitled to a 10% discount on the registration fee. See how to apply for details


This course is aimed at aspiring, new and experienced managers of bioinformatics core facilities, or other facilities that support their users to analyse and interpret large biomolecular data sets.


After this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of your core facility
  • Develop plans to overcome (or circumvent) your limitations
  • Familiarise yourself and your team members with new public databases and tools, and with the latest developments in established services
  • Support the development of appropriate bioinformatics skills among users of your core facility



Time Topic Trainer
Day 1 - Working with major providers of data and compute
12:00 - 13:00 Registration and lunch  
13:00 - 13:30 Course introduction and Introduction to EMBL-EBI Cath Brooksbank
13:30 - 14:30 Paired brain dump and participant introductions All
14:30 - 15:15 Keynote - The evolving role of bioinformatics core facilities Sarah Butcher
15:15 - 15:45 Tea/coffee break  
15:45 - 17:15

Maximizing the value of data

Jessica Vamathevan
17:15 - 17:45 Participants' perspectives – challenges and expectations Cath Brooksbank and Sarah Morgan
18:00 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton
Day 2 - Working with other core facilities
09:00 - 09:15 Defining our challenges and bottlenecks Paul O'Neill
09:15 - 09:35 Use case: working with image data Alex Sossick
09:35 - 10:00 Use case: working with sequencing cores to streamline data submissions Laura Clarke
10:00 - 11:00 Data challenges in the life sciences: EMBL-EBI perspective Ewan Birney
11:00 - 11:30 Tea/coffee break  
11:30 - 11:45 Intro to breakout: Addressing the challenges Cath Brooksbank
11:45 - 12:30 Breakout All
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 14:00 Report back from breakouts Rapporteurs from breakouts
14:00 - 15:00 How can research infrastructures and core facilities work together? Susanna Repo
15:00 - 15:30 Tea/coffee break  
15:30 - 16:00 Planning for your data and compute needs Steven Newhouse
16:00 - 17:30 Resource showcasing session and networking with EMBL-EBI service team leaders EMBL-EBI Group and Team leaders and their representatives
17:30 Wrap up of day 2 All
18:30 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators The Red Lion, Hinxton
Day 3 - Working with users of your facility
09:00 - 10:30 Building your team competencies - what does your team need and how does your team gain them? Cath Brooksbank and Sarah Morgan
10:30 - 11:00 Tea/coffee break  
11:00 - 12:30 Tips, tricks and resources for training your users Cath Brooksbank
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 14:30 Collaborative team working Conrad Bessant
14:30 - 15:00 Tea/coffee break  
15:00 - 16:00 Collaboration and networking w/shop All
16:00 - 16:30 Course wrap up and feedback Sarah Morgan
16:30 Course end