This course type is computational

Summer School in Bioinformatics

25 - 29 June 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary and Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    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
  • Programme

    The course will start at approximately 10.00 on Monday 25 June and close
    at approximately 15.30 on Friday 29 June 2018.

    During this course you will learn about:

    • Bioinformatics as a science
    • Designing bioinformatics studies
    • Data management and reproducibility
    • Basic tools and resources for bioinformatics

    Group projects
    Participants will be divided into focused groups to work on a small
    project. In your application you should indicate which of the following
    projects would most benefit your research:

    • Proteomics (data analysis and functional interpretation)
    • Networks and pathways
    • Wrangling structural data
    • Functional annotation of proteins
    • Phylogenetics
    • Analysis of pathways in metabolic networks
    • Curation of systems models in BioModels

    This is a residential course. All students are requested to stay onsite
    for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions
    with the faculty and other students.

    A draft
    is available.

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Andrew Cowley EMBL-EBI, UK
    Alexandra Holinski
    Zamin Iqbal EMBL-EBI, UK
    Sarah Morgan
    Bill Pearson
    University of Virginia, USA

    Keynote speaker
    Matthew Berriman
    Wellcome Sanger Instititute, UK
    Velislava Petrova
    Wellcome Sanger Instititute, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Alex Bateman EMBL-EBI, UK
    Melissa Burke
    Nikiforos Karamanis
    Lee Larcombe
    NexaSTEM, UK
    Pablo Porras

    Event organiser
    Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Registration with Single Accommodation  £670

    The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
    the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

    This is a residential course. All participants will stay at The Wellcome
    Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of
    25, 26, 27 and 28 June 2018. 

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
    school/course dates, please contact the Conference

    Application deadline: Closed

    Places on this course are limited to 30 students and will be awarded on
    merit. Applicants should be PhD students currently engaged in relevant
    research and will be required to complete an online application form.

    The selection process will take place in March 2018.

    In your application you should indicate which of the group projects would
    most benefit your research.

    The following will also need to be provided:

    • Qualifications and justification for attendance
    • An outline of current research
    • Supervisor’s details: your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

    Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a
    supervisor’s supporting statement.

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:
    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are
    available for PhD students to attend this course (up to 50% of the

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the event organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed