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  EMBL-EBI-Wellcome Trust Summer School in Bioinformatics 2013

10-14 June 2013
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

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This popular Summer School is aimed at early-stage researchers who are embarking upon bioinformatics-based projects with little or no experience in computational biology. The programme will provide practical training in bioinformatics in the context of biological research and its theory, using widely-available software packages and data resources to focus on fundamental concepts underpinning the topics of sequence searching, alignment, phylogenetics, functional genomics, interactions and pathways. To optimise the hands-on training, places are limited to 35. Please note that the course will not cover aspects of computer programming and you should look at our other specialist courses if you want specific help with your current research project. 

What will I learn?
After this course you should be able to…
• Learn the fundamental principles of sequence searching including the concepts of homology and similarity matrices
• Search for sequences effectively
• Understand the principles behind a range of methods for aligning sequences and their strengths and weaknesses
• Interpret alignments
• Construct alignments and annotate protein alignments functionally
• Annotate sequences manually using widely available tools and resources
• Understand the principles behind a range of methods for constructing phylogenies
• Construct phylogenies using free available software
• Interpret phylogenetic trees and appreciate their limitations
• Browse for and retrieve sequences using Ensembl
• Learn about the major concepts in functional genomics including NGS
• Browse, retrieve and analyse gene expression data
• Learn about how our understanding of interactions and pathways has developed and know how to explore interactions and pathways using relevant tools and resources
• Use widely-available public repositories and resources to help to answer biological questions
Please note: Places will be awarded on merit and applicants must complete an application form as part of the registration process.

Scientific Programme Committee:
Terri Attwood, University of Manchester, UK
Laura Emery, EMBL-EBI, UK
John Marioni, EMBL-EBI, UK
Francis Ouellette, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada
Gabriella Rustici, EMBL-EBI, UK
Vicky Schneider, TGAC, UK

Tutors Include:
Terri Attwood, University of Manchester, UK
Laura Emery, EMBL-EBI, UK
Des Higgins, Conway Institute, Ireland
Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Harvey Mudd College, USA
Jane Loveland, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
John Marioni, EMBL-EBI, UK
Francis Ouellette, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada
William Pearson, University of Virginia, USA
Emily Pritchard, EMBL-EBI, UK
Gabriella Rustici, EMBL-EBI, UK
Vicky Schneider, TGAC, UK

Conference Programme Information:
The Summer School will start at 12.00 on Monday, 10 June and close at 13.00 on Friday, 14 June 2013.
Please click here for a copy of the programme

How to apply

Registration with Twin Accommodation £495.00
Registration with Single Accommodation £608.00

The fees include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 10, 11, 12 and 13 June 2013.
If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost, please contact the conference centre, directly for availability.

Application deadline – 8th April 2013
Please note: Places on this Summer School are limited to 35 and will be awarded on merit. Applicants will be required to complete an online application form when registering.

You will be asked to complete the following information:
- Qualifications & Justification for attendance
- Any relevant publications
- A scientific outline of your current research project
- Details of your supervisor. Your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

Registrations cannot be accepted without the supervisors supporting statement.
Please notify your supervisorthat they will receive an e-mail from the Wellcome Trust asking them to complete your application which includes submitting a supporting statement
Bursaries or travel grants are not available for this year's Summer School in Bioinformatics.

The selection process will take place in April 2013.

Travel Visas
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail

Conference organiser contact details:
Laura Hubbard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495110
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023


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