Designing, delivering and evaluating bioinformatics training


  Monday 5 November 2018


Universidad Andrés Bello - Quillota 890, Vina del Mar,  Valparaíso, Chile

Application opens: 

Sunday 01 July 2018

Application deadline: 

Wednesday 24 October 2018


First come, first served

Registration fee: 

$50 USD

Registration closed

Dates additional information: 

The workshop starts at 09:00 and ends at 18:00.

Course Overview

Data-driven biology needs both talented scientists and inspiring trainers. In this highly interactive knowledge-exchange session we will consider how to design, deliver and evaluate effective bioinformatics training. The workshop is suitable both for those who are just beginning to teach others bioinformatics and those who are experienced and would like to gain or share a new perspective. Once the workshop participants have got to know each other we will explore what effective training looks like - drawing on the experience of our participants. We’ll consider how people learn, and how this can be made use of in  a training setting. We’ll think about how to match people’s training needs to course content, using the ISCB’s competency framework to guide us. Case studies from Latin American scientists who have recently developed new training activities will inspire us before we go into a practical session to design a course, using the principles that we’ve discussed so far. Finally, we’ll consider how to evaluate bioinformatics training.  Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring their thoughts and voice into all discussions; sharing experiences, swapping ideas and often creating new ideas along the way.


This workshop is for both new and experienced bioinformatics trainers; we’ll be focusing on training practices rather than bioinformatics content, so the workshop is appropriate to anyone with training responsibilities, regardless of their specific bioinformatics research interests.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise the characteristics of effective and ineffective training
  • Consider how people learn, and how this can be made use of in a training setting
  • Match people's training needs to course content using the ISCB's competency framework
  • Discover how other trainers working in Latin America have developed successful training programme
  • Consider how to evaluate bioinformatics training


Monday 5 November 2018
08:00-09:00 Arrival, registration  
09:00-09:30 Welcome and icebreaker Cath Brooksbank and Piv Gopalasingam, EMBL-EBI, UK
09:30-10:15 What makes good training? And what makes a good trainer? Selene Fernandez, LANGEBIO, Cinvestav, Mexico
10:15-11:00 How people learn and what motivates them? Building confidence in informatics Piv Gopalasingam
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Case study 1: Developing a community of Software Carpentry trainers in Mexico  Selene Fernandez
12:00-12:30 Case study 2: Developing postgraduate training at Universidad de Los Andes Alejandro Reyes, UniAndes, Colombia
12:30-13:00 Challenges activity part 1: Capturing the challenges around delivering high quality bioinformatics training Piv Gopalasingam
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Challenges activity part 2: Collating and Identifying potential solutions Alejandro Reyes and Selene Fernandez
15:00-15:30 Matching training to the competency requirements of your trainees: How to make use of the ISCB competency framework Cath Brooksbank
15:30-16:00 Brainstorming activity: create a course and pitch back to the group Cath Brooksbank
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Brainstorming activity: Create a course and pitch back to the group (continued) Cath Brooksbank
17:00-17:30 Evaluating Impact Cath Brooksbank
17:30-18:00 Discussion, additional resources and feedback Cath Brooksbank and Piv Gopalasingam

Additional information:

This workshop is open to attendees of the ISCB-LA-SOIBIO-EMBNet conference. Please register for the main conference and for the workshop