Ensembl Browser Workshop, Nottingham, 24/25 February 2020


 Monday 24 Tuesday 25 February 2020


University of Nottingham - University Park, Nottingham,  NG7 2RD, United Kingdom

Application opens: 

Thursday 06 February 2020

Application deadline: 

Thursday 06 February 2020

Registration closed

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Course Overview

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

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:

  • 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, functional elements involved in gene regulation and their activity in different cell types.


Ensembl Browser Workshop, Nottingham, 24/25 February 2020
Day 1: 24th Feb 2020
The "Access to Genes and Genomes" workshop will cover the following topics:
 -  Introduction to Ensembl: origin, goals and organisation of the Ensembl project 
 -  Guided tour of the most important pages of the Ensembl website 
 -  Data mining with BioMart: retrieving datasets using the data-mining tool BioMart
 -  Comparative genomics and proteomics: orthologues, protein families, whole genome alignments and syntenic regions
- Variation: SNPs, structural variants like CNVs
The course will focus on plant genomes.
Day 2: 25th Feb 2020
Focus groups. Pre-arranged 30 min discussions between groups of two to four participants and the trainer.