This popular computational course, run jointly with EMBL-EBI, provides an introduction to the use of bioinformatics in biological research. Participants will gain hands-on training in the tools and resources appropriate to their research.

The programme will focus on bioinformatics theory and practice, including best practices for undertaking bioinformatics analysis, data management and reproducibility. Participants will also take part in a group project to conduct bioinformatics-based research and explore biological questions. The programme includes discussions on the applications of bioinformatics in biological research and practical examples on how to browse, search, and retrieve biological data from public repositories.

The group work will culminate in a presentation session involving all participants on the final day of the course, providing an opportunity for wider discussion on the benefits and challenges of working with biological data. Groups are mentored by the trainers who set the initial challenge, but active participation from all group members is expected.

This course is aimed at individuals working across biological sciences who have little or no experience in bioinformatics. Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of using bioinformatics in their research with the need to develop their skills and knowledge further. No previous knowledge of programming / coding is required for this course.

Please note: The course will not cover aspects of computer programming or in-depth data analysis; there will be no opportunity for you to analyse your own data during this course.

Learning outcomes
Following course completion participants should be able to:

  • Discuss applications of bioinformatics in biological research
  • Browse, search, and retrieve biological data from public repositories
  • Use appropriate bioinformatics tools to explore biological data
  • Comprehend some ways biological data can be stored, organised and interconverted

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