Ensembl Browser Workshop- University of Nottingham - 23rd-24th January 2017


 Monday 23 Tuesday 24 January 2017


University of Nottingham - University Park, Nottingham,  NG7 2RD, United Kingdom


By invitation

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Registration for this course is limited to the University of Nottingham and is being administered by Martin Gering. If you are at the University of Nottingham and are interested in this course, please contact Martin.

Course Overview

The Ensembl project at www.ensembl.org provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of mainly vertebrate genome sequences. This 1-day workshop offers participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information. Our sister project at www.ensemblgenomes.org can also be covered if participants are working with bacteria, plants, fungi, protists or (invertebrate) metazoa.

The workshop is primarily targeted at wetlab researchers, and we customise the course for species of interest and to include total beginners to our browser up through frequent users. 

Feedback from previous courses: "There are probably quite few people out there who all assume that Ensembl today is the same as it was years ago. It is not. With many new features and datasets incorporated/interlinked, it offers data exploration like never before. This course was a very useful update on what Ensembl has become" Browser workshop, CRUK, April 2016

"Very useful workshop, certainly one of the most informative and useful I have attended. Delivered by someone who was extremely familiar with the website and its capabilities, not someone who had used it a couple of times and proclaimed themselves to be an expert." Browser workshop, Cardiff, March 2014

If you think you'd like to host a similar course at your institute, you can find out more on the Ensembl workshops page.


wet-lab researchers and bioinformaticians

Learning outcomes

  • Learn about the data types in Ensembl
  • Learn how to view data in the Ensembl browser
  • Learn how to mine Ensembl data using BioMart
  • Learn how to view your own data in Ensembl
  • Learn about advanced techniques for accessing Ensembl data


Day 1: Introduction to Ensembl and Ensembl genes. Viewing genes and locations in the browser. Genetic variation.

Day 2: Comparative Genomics, gene regulation, data export with BioMart and custom annotation and advanced access