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Bioinformatic Workshops and Training Courses for NGS Data Analysis

This website lists different bioinformatics workshops and training courses.

You will find general and introductory courses about next generation sequencing data analysis, and more specific courses including topics such as functional genomics, Chip sequencing, RNA sequencing, exome sequencing, whole transcriptome sequencing, variant analysis, metagenome analysis, as well as epigenetic workshops introducing methylation data analysis.

If you organize workshops or training courses, we are happy to add your events to our list, please contact us.

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 Bioinformatics Workshops


MONDAY 6 - FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2017, St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland, Australia

The Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics offers a series of two day modules, taught by international and Australian experts and is designed to introduce geneticists to modern methods of statistical analysis and to introduce statisticians to the statistical challenges posed by modern genetic data.

In addition to the teaching program, UQ will host two full days of Research presentations from the module instructors on Wednesday 8th and Wednesday 15th of February)

The research symposia is free to all SISG students, and is open the UQ community.


EMBO Practical Course on Metabolomics Bioinformatics for Life Scientists Feb. 2017

Monday 13 - Friday 17 February 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 2 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
This course will provide an overview of key issues that affect metabolomics studies, handling datasets and procedures for the analysis of metabolomics data using bioinformatics tools. It will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, computer-based practical sessions and interactive discussions. The course will provide a platform for discussion of the key questions and challenges in the field of metabolomics, from study design to metabolite identification.


Next Generation Sequencing for Food Safety and Public Health February 2017

20th to 22th Feburary 2017, Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Laboratory, Pilot Plant Development and Training Institute, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

This 3-day workshop is designed to enable participants to perform NGS on bacterial genome analysis using web-based tools for sub-typing and identifying resistance genes of bacteria for improving food safety and public health. It will be carried out through the lectures and hands-on practical tutorials. The workshop will also serve as a platform for participants to establish multidisciplinary collaborations in food and public health research or related area among various groups of scientists and researchers at national and international level.


Bioinformatics for Breeding February 2017

21th to 24 February 2017, Earlham Institute, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UG UK

What is the workshop about?

The increasing number of genomic tools and resources which facilitate large-scale analysis of genotypes and traits are leading to novel, quicker approaches to breeding. This course will introduce participants to the sequencing-based methods and bioinformatics tools available to apply genomic approaches to breeding.

The practical course will feature a collection of methods and bioinformatics tools fundamental for modern breeding, especially for crops. Next generation sequencing (NGS) has made large collections of open-source diversity genomic data possible, such as SNPs, that can be used as molecular markers for breeding. Combined with phenotypes, genome-wide association studies provide breeders with an understanding of the molecular basis of complex traits.


Introduction to Integrative Omics March 2017

Monday 6 - Friday 10 March 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 2 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
More information will follow


De novo Assembly March 2017

14th to 17th March 2017, Earlham Institute, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UG UK

What's the course about?

The course will provide an introduction to de novo assembly, with a hands on introduction followed by in-depth analysis of the key steps in the process. It covers several aspects such as the initial setup of a de novo genome sequencing project, quality control and preprocessing of datasets, generation and evaluation of first pass assemblies, assembly improvement and finishing. Practical exercises will be performed on small-scale real datasets, including Illumina and Pacbio sequences, including best practices and tips based on EI's faculty experience.

The course will consist of a mixture of conceptual lectures, methodological lectures and hands on sessions, as well as group activities and discussions. The participants will gain first-hand experience and understanding on NGS assembly, working with the assistance of the faculty, troubleshooting small problems, and reviewing the results.


RNA-Seq Data Analysis Workshop March 2017

21 - 24 March 2017, Berlin, Germany
The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) with a special focus on bioinformatics issues. Advantages and disadvantages of current sequencing technologies and their implications on data analysis will be discovered. You will be trained on understanding NGS data formats and handling potential problems/errors therein.

All workshop attendees will be enabled to perform important first tasks of NGS data analysis themselves. The course layout has been adapted to the needs of beginners in the field of NGS bioinformatics and allows scientists with no or little background in computer science to get a first hands-on experience in this new and fast evolving research topic.

Next-Generation Sequencing Workshop March 2017

22nd to 24th March 2017, Gent, BELGIUM

This workshop is part of a series of thematic workshops on the use of BioNumerics for specific biological applications. The participants to the Next-Generation Sequencing Workshop get a good overview of all the possibilities of the BioNumerics software package for Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) through numerous hands-on demos and exercises. The main topics that will be covered in this training course include:

Import of NGS data as sequence read sets, including data validation and pre-processing.
Mapping of reads against a reference genome, followed by SNP analysis.
de novo assembly, followed by an annotation of the assembled genome.
Whole genome MLST (wgMLST), i.e. gene-by-gene systems as an extension of conventional MLST.
Whole genome SNP (wgSNP), i.e. the detection of SNPs on whole genomes sequences mapped against a reference sequence.


Advanced RNA-Seq and ChiP-Seq Data Analysis April 2017

Monday 24 - Friday 28 April 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 1 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
Detailed course information will follow


Computational Molecular Evolution May 2017

Monday 8 - Friday 19 May 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 2 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
The need for phylogenetic comparisons of molecular sequences has been increasing steadily with the explosive growth of genomic sequence data. Estimation of species phylogenies and species divergence times, inference of population demographic processes and migration patterns, and delineation of species boundaries are central to our understanding of biodiversity and to interpreting genomic sequence data. Furthermore, molecular evolutionary analyses can provide important insights into the evolutionary process of sequences and genes: for example, detecting adaptive molecular evolution may be useful to disentangle viral infections and dynamics. These processes can be analyzed via sophisticated statistical inference methods by means of efficient algorithms that are implemented in a plethora of software packages. However, empirical biologists often find it challenging to make effective use of those computational tools, partly due to the challenges in understanding their underlying statistical and computational principles.
The course is aimed primarily at biology and bioinformatics PhD students or postdocs in the early stages of their research career who already have some familiarity with phylogenetic methods (i.e., have already used some of the computer programs). Programming experience is not required, although knowledge of R and experience in a scripting language such as python or perl will be very useful. Candidates without prior experience with the Unix/Linux command line will be required to acquire these skills prior to the course. Training materials and exercises for improving Unix/Linux skills of participants will be provided before the course.


Fungal Pathogen Genomics Mai 2017

11-16. Mai 2017, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UG
This exciting new week-long course aims to provide experimental biologists working on fungal organisms with hands-on experience in genomic-scale data analysis; including genome browsers and comparison tools, data mining using resources such as FungiDB, Ensembl/PhytoPathDB, PomBase, SGD/CGD, MycoCosm, analysis of genome annotation, and next generation sequence analysis and visualization (including RNA sequence analysis and variant calling). An important aim is that the participants should understand the origin of data available in public resources and how to analyse it in conjunction with their own.


Bioinformatics for core facility managers June 2017

Tuesday 6 - Thursday 8 June 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Detailed information will follow soon, please visit the provider website!


Bioinformatics and genome analyses June 2017

05 – 17 June 2017 | Thessalonica, Greece

Practical Course illustration
This EMBO Practical Course will cover a range of genome analyses and their fundamental elements.

The first principal theme of the course is comparative genomics, covering genome analysis and exploration, pair-wise comparisons of genomes, comparisons of multiple genomes, evolutionary inferences (orthologs, paralogs and their classification).

The second principal theme of the course is related to Next-Generation Sequencing, including algorithms, methods, sequence mapping tools, data analyses and applications. Integration of genomic and genetic data in the context of Next Generation Sequencing and their applications in human diseases.

The main objectives of this EMBO Practical Course are to strengthen skills of students in genomics and bioinformatics on the use of algorithms, key software, statistical and visualization methods and their various applications in genome studies.

The course program is designed to provide a solid theory class followed by practical sessions on each topic, where the same speaker will deliver at least one half-day course of theory and practice.

Students will obtain the dexterity to manipulate large data sets in a Unix environment and a basic understanding of scripting and programming skills.

Students are assumed to be familiar with the Unix environment.


Summer School in Bioinformatics June 2017

Monday 26 - Friday 30 June 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 2 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
Details of the course (programme, trainers and the cost) are yet to be confirmed and are subject to funding arrangements.
Please visit the training  provider website for up to date information!


Genetic Analysis of Population-based Association Studies September 2017

25–29 September 2017, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UG
Formerly known as Design and Analysis of Genetic-based Association Studies, this advanced course aims to give researchers involved in genetic disease studies a firm grounding in the use of the latest statistical methods and software for analysis of genetic association studies. This includes both small-scale disease-specific studies and large-scale collaborative projects including those that can be used for analysis of multiple complex traits such as UK Biobank.
The course will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the design and analysis of such studies. Each topic will include a lecture followed by a practical session in which state-of-the-art statistical software will be applied to relevant datasets. The practical sessions will illustrate the ideas presented in the lectures. All the software used will be freely available so that skills learned can be applied after the course.


Metagenomics Bioinformatics, Oct. 2017

Monday 2 - Friday 6 October 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 2 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
Details of the course (programme, trainers and the cost) are yet to be confirmed and are subject to funding arrangements.

Please visit the training provider website for up to date information!

Analysis of High-Throughput Sequencing Data Nov. 2017

Monday 6 - Friday 10 November 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Training Room 1 - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
For more information please visit the training provider website!


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