Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators


 Tuesday 6 Thursday 8 June 2017


European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 1 - 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


The aim of this course is to provide principal investigators with an introduction to the challenges of working with biological data as a research leader; to provide guidance on strategies for managing data and the importance of data sharing; how to encourage bioinformatics development in your team and / or work with collaborators and what resources are available across the life sciences.  This course will not provide a platform for teaching hands-on bioinformatics analysis.

This course is organised in parallel with Bioinformatics for core facility managers to maximise opportunities for networking. Shared sessions are highlighted in bold.


This course is aimed at both new and established investigators who lead a research team which currently uses bioinformatics, or where bioinformatics will be a component in future research. No prior knowledge of bioinformatics, or experience of analysis is required for this course.


After this course you should be able to:

  • Define the potential and pitfalls of bioinformatics use in your research
  • Identify your team needs in terms of bioinformatics use and support
  • Develop appropriate plans for the management and sharing of data
  • Support the development of bioinformatics skills within your team


Time Topic Trainer
Day 1 - Data Challenges: what, how and why?
12:00 - 13:00 Registration and lunch  
13:00 - 13:30 Course introduction and Introduction to EMBL-EBI Sarah Morgan
13:30 - 14:30 Using bioinformatics in research – what to do and what not to do Alex Bateman
14:30 - 15:15 What is a bioinformatician? Lee Larcombe
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 Sarah Morgan and Cath Brooksbank
18:00 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Core Facilities Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton
Day 2 - Data acessibility
09:00 - 10:00 The importance of managing data quality and content – ensuring reproducibility. Amy Tang
10:00 - 11:00 Data challenges in the life sciences: EMBL-EBI perspective Ewan Birney
11:00 - 11:30 Tea/coffee break  
11:30 - 12:30 Describing your data – standards and ontologies.   Amy Tang
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:00 Planning your data management Marta Teperek
15:00 - 15:30 Tea/coffee break  
15:30 - 17:00 Planning your data management (Cotd) Marta Teperek
17:00 - 18:00 Data integration case study Lee Larcombe
18:30 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Core Facilities The Red Lion, Hinxton
Day 3 - Building your resources
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 What computational resources do you need to access, and how? Sarah Butcher
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