Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators


 Tuesday 4 Thursday 6 June 2019


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

Application opens: 

Sunday 11 November 2018

Application deadline: 

Friday 15 March 2019


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Charlotte Pearton

Registration fee: 


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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 Managing a Bioinformatics Core Facility 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 4th June 2019
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and registration  
13:00 – 13:30 Course introduction and introduction to EMBL-EBI Sarah Morgan, EMBL-EBI
13:30 – 14:00 Participant introductions All
14:00 – 15:00 What is a bioinformatician? Lee Larcombe, NexaSTEM
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break  
15:30 – 16:30 Using bioinformatics in research – what to do and what not to do Alex Bateman, EMBL-EBI
16:30 – 17:00 Initatives to support life science data Sarah Morgan, EMBL-EBI
17:00 – 17:45 Participants perspectives – challenges and expectations Sarah Morgan and Cath Brooksbank, EMBL-EBI
18:00 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Managing a Bioinformatics Core Facility  
Day 2 – Wednesday 5th June 2019
9:00 – 10:30 The importance of managing data quality and content – ensuring reproducibility Amy Tang, Genestack
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break  
11:00 – 12:30 Describing your data – standards and ontologies Dani Welter, EMBL-EBI
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 – 15:00 Planning your data management Marta Teperek, TU Delft
15:30 – 16:30 Planning your data management (Cotd.) Marta Teperek, TU Delft
16:30 – 17:30 Dealing with secure data Thomas Keane, EMBL-EBI
18:00 End of day  
18:00 Drinks and dinner with delegates from Managing a Bioinformatics Core Facility  
Day 3 – Thursday 6th June 2019
9:00 – 11:00 Building your team competencies – what do you need and how do you gain them? Sarah Morgan, EMBL-EBI & Lee Larcombe, NexaSTEM
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break  
11:00 – 12:30 What computational resources do you need to access, and how? Lee Larcombe, NexaSTEM
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 – 14:30 Collaborative team working Jun Wang, QMUL
14:30 – 15:30 Collaboration and networking workshop (with coffee) All
15:30 – 16:00 Course wrap-up and feedback Sarah Morgan, EMBL-EBI
16:00 Course end