International Post-graduate Course Variant Effect Prediction: Ensembl genome browser & Variant Effect Predictor (VEP) modules, Breda, The Netherlands, 10 - 13 April 2018


 Wednesday 11 Thursday 12 April 2018


Avans Hogeschool Breda - Lovensdijkstraat 63, 4800,  Breda, Netherlands

Application opens: 

Thursday 22 February 2018

Application deadline: 

Tuesday 10 April 2018


First come, first served

Registration fee: 

EUR 900 (complete course)

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The Ensembl genome browser & VEP modules are part of the International Post-graduate Course Variant Effect Prediction. Registration and attendance of the course is required to attend the modules.

Course Overview

The Ensembl project at provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of mainly vertebrate genome sequences. The modules offer participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience of using the Ensembl genome browser to access variation data and using the Variant Effect Predictor (VEP) to analyse the functional consequences of variants.

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

Participants should be able to:

  • Explore the data types in Ensembl

  • View variation data in the Ensembl genome browser

  • Annotate variants using the Variant Effect Predictor (VEP)


11 April 2018:
Viewing variation data: The Ensembl genome browser and its possibilities
Lecture (morning) & practical session (afternoon)

12 April 2018:
Variant annotation using the Ensembl Variant Effect Predictor (VEP)
Lecture (morning) & practical session (afternoon)