EMBO Practical Course: Research to service - Planning and running a bioinformatics core facility


 Monday 8 Friday 12 April 2019


Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG) - Dokuz Eylul University Health Campus Mithatpasa St. 58/5,  35340,  Balcova,  İzmir,  Turkey

Application opens: 

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Application deadline: 

Friday 15 February 2019


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Ezgi Karaca

Registration fee: 

Academia €400 / Industry €1000

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Course Overview

Computational core facilities play a vital role in enabling molecular life sciences, and the number of such facilities has grown considerably. There are many relatively inexperienced managers of core facilities, who often have to juggle their own research projects with the development and operation of services. This can be exceptionally challenging, not least because scientific impact tends only to be recognised and rewarded for research. This EMBO Practical Course will provide an opportunity for aspiring new managers of core facilities, especially those with one foot in the research camp, to learn from experienced core facilities managers how to build a framework for the future development, resourcing, operation and impact assessment of their core services.

The EMBO Practical Course will not be a ‘classical’ bioinformatics course, but it will focus on the business development and resource and data management aspects of running a core facility. It will have a high proportion of practical content in which participants solve problems relevant to their own core facility.


This course is aimed at new managers of core facilities or those looking to embark on developing such a facility within their organisation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of their core facility and prioritise areas for improvement,
  • Design bioinformatics services and training using a user-centred approach,
  • Estimate the resources (computational and human) needed to operate their facility effectively,
  • Support their users to factor their bioinformatics needs into projects at an early stage.



Day 1: Introduction, opportunities and challenges in managing bioinformatics core facilities

Day 2: Designing and creating your bioinformatics service - user needs

Day 3: Operating your bioinformatics core facility

Day 4: Financial and business management aspects of running a bioinformatics core facility

Day 5: Supporting your users

For full programme details, please visit the EMBO Course website.