Bioinformatics for Core Facility Managers


 Tuesday 12 Thursday 14 June 2018


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

Application opens: 

Monday 13 November 2017

Application deadline: 

Friday 23 March 2018


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Charlotte Pearton

Registration fee: 

£560 (with accommodation)

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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.



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.

Syllabus, tools and resources



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


Day 1 – Tuesday 12 June 2018

12:00-13:00 Lunch and registration  
13:00 - 13:30 Course introduction and introduction to EMBL-EBI Cath Brooksbank
13:30-14:00 Keynote: The evolving role of bioinformatics core facilities Sarah Butcher
14:00-15:15 Models for core facility set up Alex Sossick and Ezgi Karaca
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break  
15:45 - 16:45 Tools for streamlining data analysis Eduardo Sanz Garcia
16:45 - 17:30 Participants' perspectives - challenges and expectations Sarah Morgan and Cath Brooksbank
18:00 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators  

Day 2 – Wednesday 13 June 2018

09:00 - 10:00 Designing your core facility services Vera Matser, Ezgi Karaca and Andrew Hercules
10:00 -11:00 Data challenges in the life sciences: EMBL-EBI perspective Ewan Birney
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30-12:30 Designing your core facility services Vera Matser, Ezgi Karaca and Andrew Hercules
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Service budgets Sarah Butcher
15:00-15:30 Break  
15:30-17:00 Service budgets Sarah Butcher
17:00 Case study on data security and research infrastructures Gary Saunders
18:00 Day end  
18:30 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators  
Day 3 – Thursday 14 June 2018
09:00 - 11:00 Data management for you and your users Marta Teperek and Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee  
11:30 - 12:30 Supporting Initiatives - CORBEL, ELIXIR, RItrain Vera Matser, Elixir Hub Team and Cath Brooksbank
12:30-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-14:30 Collaborative team working Conrad Bessant
14:30-15:30 Collaboration and networking workshop (with Coffee)  
15:30-16:00 Course wrap up and feedback Cath Brooksbank
16:00 Course end