Ensembl Browser Workshop, Ben Gurion University, 11th February 2020


  Tuesday 11 February 2020


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus,  849900, Israel


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Beery Yaakov

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Course Overview

The Ensembl Genomes project at www.ensemblgenomes.org provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of non-vertebrate genome sequences, including bacteria, plants, fungi, protists or (invertebrate) metazoa. This 1-day workshop offers participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl Genomes genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information.

The workshop is primarily targeted at wet-lab researchers and bioinformaticians, 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:

  • view genomic regions and manipulate the view to add features they are interested in.

  • explore information about genes and their sequences, and gene data in bulk using BioMart.

  • analyse genomic variants and associated phenotypes and their own variation data using the VEP.

  • view homologous genes and genomic regions.


Morning: Introduction to Ensembl and Ensembl genes. Viewing genes and locations in the browser. Data export with BioMart.

Afternoon: The afternoon session will cover genetic variation and comparative genomics.