Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators


 Tuesday 12 Thursday 14 June 2018


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

Application opens: 

Tuesday November 14 2017

Application deadline: 

Friday March 23 2018


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Charlotte Pearton

Registration fee: 

£560 (with accommodation)

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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 Facilities 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


Day 1 – Tuesday 12 June 2018

12:00-13:00 Lunch and registration  
13:00 - 13:30 Course introduction and introduction to EMBL-EBI Sarah Morgan
13:30 - 14:30 What is a bioinformatician? Lee Larcombe
14:30 - 15:00 Computational resources Lee Larcombe
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break  
15:30 - 16:30 Using bioinformatics in research - what to do and what not to do Alex Bateman
16:30 - 17:00 Maximising the value of your data Michaela Spitzer
17:00 - 17:45 Participants perspectives - challenges and expectations Sarah Morgan and Cath Brooksbank
18:00 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Core Facilities  

Day 2 – Wednesday 13 June 2018

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 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 and Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden
15:00 - 15:30 Break  
15:30 - 17:00 Planning your data management (Cotd) Marta Teperek and Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden
17:00 - 18:00 Case study: Working with sensitive human data Gary Saunders
18:00 End of day  
18:30 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Bioinformatics for Core Facilities  

Day 3 – Thursday 14 June 2018

09:00 - 11:00 Building your team competencies - what do you need and how do you gain them? Cath Brooksbank, Sarah Morgan and Lee Larcombe
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
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) All
15:30 - 16:00 Course wrap-up and feedback Sarah Morgan
16:00 Course end