Course at EMBL-EBI

Bioinformatics for principal investigators

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 in the course programme.

Who is this course for?

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.

What will I learn?

Learning outcomes

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


Sarah Morgan
Lee Larcombe
Alex Bateman
Cath Brooksbank
Marta Teperek
TU Delft, Netherlands
Jun Wang
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Thomas Keane
Danielle Welter


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  

Please read our page on application advice before starting your application. In order to be considered for a place on this course, you must do the following:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Provide a Microsoft Word (.docx) document containing three short paragraphs with a biography, work history and description of your current research interests; each paragraph should be no more than 100 words
  3. Provide a letter of support from a supervisor or a senior co-worker explaining why you should be selected for this course

Please submit all documents to Charlotte Pearton ( by 12:00 GMT on Friday 15 March, 2019.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This course has ended

04 - 06 June 2019
European Bioinformatics Institute United Kingdom
Charlotte Pearton

  • Sarah Morgan

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