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EBI–Wellcome Trust Summer School in Bioinformatics 2011
20-24 June 2011
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus,
Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.

 Registration is now closed

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.
The programme will provide:
• A broad introduction to bioinformatics data resources (including, but not limited to, EBI core resources) through lecture- and practical-based sessions.
• An understanding of 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.
Please note: Applicants must submit an application form as part of the registration. See below for full details. Applicants should be early stage researchers.
Sequence Searching and Alignments
Phylogenetics and Genomics
Expression and Proteins
Interactions, Pathways and Systems Biology

Scientific Programme Committee:
Vicky Schneider, EMBL-EBI, UK
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
Francis Ouellette, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada
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,
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,
15.30 Afternoon tea
16.00 Wrap up and conclusion
16.30 Course feedback
16.45 Course closes

Registration and Accommodation

Registration with Twin Accommodation 




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The fees include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 20, 21, 22 and 23 June 2010.
If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost, please contact
directly for availability.
Application Deadline: 28 March 2011
Registration requires submission of an application form which must be completed and attached, in the 'Abstract Submision' section during the online registration.
Applicants should be early stage researchers.
The supervisor section MUST be completed when the application form is submitted.
Registrations cannot be accepted without a completed application form
There are a limited number of Travel Grants from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, Foundation for Basic Research in Medicine available for this course. Please indicate your interest for this grant by e-mailing
The short list of applicants will be selected by the scientific organiser during course selection process, at which point you will be contacted and requested to complete a standard form and submit the usual documentation.
The candidates for these fellowships will be selected by the scientific organiser during the application review. The foundation will award the grants to applicants pursuing an experimental project in basic biomedical research and submitting an interesting abstract.
The applicants should belong to one of the following groups of junior scientists:
• PhD students or medical students pursuing an experimental doctoral thesis who are not older than 30 years of age;
• Postdocs who are pursuing a particular research project who are not older than 32 years of age
Please note that these fellowships cover all worldwide travel (including transfers) and full registration fees (including accommodation)
We would like to acknowledge the generous support from the following organisations:


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