Course at EMBL-EBI
Managing a bioinformatics core facility
This knowledge exchange workshop is an opportunity for managers of bioinformatics core facilities to learn from EMBL-EBI’s service teams, from each other, and from potential users of their services. These facilities play an essential role in enabling research in the molecular life sciences. The landscape is constantly evolving as new research tools emerge, as experiments become increasingly data intensive, and as their clients – experimental researchers – become more exposed to the power of data-driven biology.
The workshops will allow participants to share experiences, discuss challenges and solutions that they face, and plan ways to cope with the ever changing demands raised by the molecular life science field. It will include sessions to learn from data providers at EMBL-EBI, hear how others have tackled common problems, and work together to design core services.
Who is this course for?
This workshop is aimed at new and experienced managers of bioinformatics core facilities, or other facilities that support their users to analyse and interpret large biomolecular data sets. This course will not provide a platform for teaching hands-on bioinformatics analysis.
What will I learn?
After this workshop you should be able to:
- Identify the strengths and limitations of your core facility
- Apply a framework for designing new services (including training your users) or redesigning existing services
- Appreciate different cost models, their pros and cons, and how to apply them in the context of your core facility
- Advise your users on how to manage sensitive data and where to submit them
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Day 1 – Tuesday 4 June 2019
|Setting the scene and identifying challenges|
|12:00-13:00||Arrival, registration and lunch|
|13:00-13:30||Course welcome and introduction to EMBL-EBI||Cath Brooksbank|
|13:30-14:15||Keynote - The evolving role of bioinformatics core facilities||Sarah Butcher|
|14:15-15:30||Participant introductions and flash talks||All|
|16:00-16:45||Keynote - planning for your data and compute needs||Steven Newhouse|
|16:45-17:30||Participants’ perspectives – challenges and expectations||All - led by Sarah Morgan|
|17:30||End of day|
|18:00||Evening meal with participants from Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators||Red Lion, Hinxton|
Day 2 – Wednesday 5 June 2019
|Designing your core service|
|9:00-09:15||Introduction to day 2||Cath Brooksbank|
|09:15-10:30||Designing your core service: facilitated discussion and practical||Andrew Hercules, Vera Matser & Revathi Nathaniel|
|11:00-12:30||Designing your core service||Andrew Hercules, Vera Matser & Revathi Nathaniel|
|13:30-15:00||Designing your core service||Andrew Hercules, Vera Matser & Revathi Nathaniel|
|15:30-16:00||Designing your core service||Andrew Hercules, Vera Matser & Revathi Nathaniel|
|16:00-17:30||Dealing with secure data - talk and discussion||Thomas Keane|
|17:30||End of day|
|18:00||Evening meal with Bioinformatics for principal investigators course||Hinxton Hall Restaurant|
Day 3 – Thursday 6 June 2019
|Working with users of your facility|
|9:00-09:15||Introduction to day 3||Cath Brooksbank|
|09:15-10:30||The F words: funding and finances - talk, discussion, and practical||Sarah Butcher|
|11:00-12:30||Funding and finances||Sarah Butcher|
|13:30-14:30||Collaborative team working||Jun Wang|
|15:00-16:00||Collaboration and networking session with principal investigators||All|
|16:00||Workshop wrap up, feedback and additional resources||Sarah Morgan|
|16:15||End of workshop|
|16:30||Shuttle to Cambridge Station|
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:
- Complete the online application form
- 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
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12:00 GMT on Friday 8 March, 2019.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Accommodated will be provided onsite at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre. Please contact them directly if you wish to arrange to stay additional nights around the course dates.
The course includes evening meals at the Hinxton Hall Restaurant on campus or the Red Lion Pub in nearby Hinxton village, and breaks and lunches outside the EMBL-EBI training rooms.