Ensembl Browser workshop, University of California San Francisco, 9-10 November 2020


 Monday 9 Tuesday 10 November 2020


Virtual - EMBL-EBI, Hinxton,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application opens: 

Friday 23 October 2020

Application deadline: 

Friday 30 October 2020


First come, first served


Michal Szpak

Registration fee: 


Registration closed

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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


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.


Day 1: 9am - 1pm (Pacific Time)

Introduction to Ensembl and Ensembl genes. Viewing genes and locations in the browser. Navigating variation data and variant annotation with Variant Effect Predictor (VEP)

Day 2: 9am - 1pm (Pacific Time)

Data export with BioMart and additional modules depending on the participants' interest: we can cover comparative genomics, gene regulation and data visualisation.