European Bioinformatics Institute’s Summer School in Bioinformatics. Cambridge, UK

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Registration Opens: 25th September 2010

Registration Deadline: 28th March 2011

Course Overview

Is it right for me?

This Summer School is aimed at early-stage researchers with little or no experience in computational biology. This course will provide PhD students, postdocs and clinician-scientists with practical training in bioinformatics in the context of the latest biomedical and biological research. This course also aims to serve as a forum for the interchange of ideas and expertise between database providers and their users. This Summer School will involve hands-on training in using the data resources, therefore we are limiting the number of participants to 35.

What will I learn?

  • A broad introduction to bioinformatics data resources (including, but not limited to, EBI core resources) through lecture- and practical-based sessions.
  • To understand when, why and how to use public data resources for molecular biology.
  • Practical experience of using the databases, using a range of widely applicable case studies.

What will it cover?

  • An Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Sequence Similarity and Homology
  • Genomes and Expression data
  • Proteomes and Structures
  • Interactions & pathways & Systems Biology


Trainers will include:

  • Terri Attwood, University of Manchester, UK
  • Alvis Brazma, EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Aidan Budd, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
  • Des Higgins, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Nicolas Le Novere, EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Duncan Legge, EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Francis Oulette, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada, t.b.c
  • William Pearson, Virginia University, USA
  • Gabriella Rustici, EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Vicky Schneider, EMBL-EBI, UK
  • James Watson, EMBL-EBI, UK


Monday, 20 June

Introduction and getting to know each other

Chairs: Vicky Schneider
13.30  Registration with coffee
14.00  Welcome & overview, Vicky Schneider & James Watson & Rafael Jimenez
15.30  Afternoon tea
16.00  Delegate presentations “About you and your expectations”
18.00  Poster session with cheese and wine
20.00  Dinner

Tuesday, 21 June
Sequence Searching and Alignments

Chair: Des Higgins

09.00  Homology, William Pearson
10.00  Sequence Searching, William Pearson
10.30  Morning coffee
11.00  Sequence Searching, Hands On, William Pearson
12.30  Lunch
13.30  Making multiple Alignments , Des Higgins 
14.30 Alignment Utopia, Teresa Attwood
15.00 Afternoon tea
15.30 Alignments, Hands on

18.00 Bioinformatics in Modern Biology: Historical Perspective, Teresa Attwood & William Pearson
20.00 Dinner

Wednesday, 22 June
Phylogenetics and Genomics

Chair: Francis Ouellette
09.00 Introduction to Phylogenetics and interpreting trees, Aidan Budd
10.30 Morning coffee
11.00 Your Alignments in the tree, Aidan Budd
12.30 Lunch and tours of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
14.30 Genomes, Jane Loveland
15.30 Afternoon tea

16:00 Genomes Hands on, Jane Loveland
18.00 Free time
19.00 Drinks reception
20.00 Conference dinner

Thursday, 23 June
Expression and Proteins

Chair: Teresa Attwood

  • 09.00 Functional Genomics, Alvis Brazma
  • 10.00 Expression, Hands On, Gabriella Rustici
  • 10.30 Morning coffee
  • 11.00 Expression, Hands On continued
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 Protein Resources and Tools, Duncan Legge & Vicky Schneider
  • 15.00 Afternoon tea
  • 15.30 Protein Resources and Tools continued
  • 17.00 Protein Structures, James Watson
  • 18.00 Informatics on High Throughput Sequencing Data, Francis Ouellette
  • 20.00 Dinner

Friday, 24 June

Chair: William Pearson

  • 09.00 Molecular Interactions, Francis Ouellette
  • 10.00 Interactions, Hands On, Jyoti Khadake & Vicky Schneider
  • 12.30 Lunch
13.30 Systems Biology, Nicolas le Novere
  • 14.00 Pathways, Steve Jupe
  • 15.30 Afternoon tea
  • 16.00 Wrap up and conclusion
  • 16.30 Course feedback
  • 16.45 Course closes
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