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  EMBL-EBI-Wellcome Trust Summer School in Bioinformatics

23-27 June 2014
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Application deadline: CLOSED (please see below for full application information) 

This summer school will provide an introduction to the use of bioinformatics in biological research using publicly available data resources and tools. Participants will initially be introduced to a range of basic tools and resources applicable across a range of subject areas. To enable more specific exploration of resources in their particular field of interest, participants will then be divided into focused groups to work on a small project set by EMBL-EBI resource and research staff, ending in a presentation from each group on the final day of the course. The course will include training and mentoring provided by experts from EMBL-EBI and external institutes. The programme will be shaped according to participantsí research interests following registration.

Target audience
This summer school is aimed at individuals working in biological disciplines who have little or no experience in bioinformatics. Applicants are expected to be embarking on bioinformatics related projects or need to use such approaches in their work.

Syllabus, tools and resources
During the summer school  you will learn about: 
∑  Bioinformatics basics: file formats, identifiers, ontologies 
∑  Bioinformatics resources: Ensembl, ArrayExpress, Gene Expression Atlas, UniProt, InterPro, IntAct, Reactome, ChEMBL
∑  Bioinformatics tools: PICR, BLAST, FASTA, Clustal Omega, network analysis tools

Please note
 that the programme 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 summer school
Learning objectives
After this course you 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
∑  Identify relevant public resources to begin solving biological problems

The current draft programme can be viewed here

External faculty
Des Higgins Conway Institute, Ireland     
William Pearson University of Virginia, USA

Contributing faculty
Alex Bateman, EMBL-EBI, UK
Andrew Cowley EMBL-EBI, UK
Tom Hancocks EMBL-EBI, UK
Sandra Orchard EMBL-EBI, UK
Gabriella Rustici EMBL-EBI, UK

There will be a maximum of 30 participants and registration is dependent on selection after completion of the application process. 

How to Apply

Registration Fees:
Registration with Single Accommodation £500.00

For the duration of the EBI-Wellcome Trust Summer School in Bioinformatics 2014, accommodation, catering, and tutoring are included in the registration fee.
The registration fee will be requested at the time of confirmation of your acceptance.


Accommodation will be onsite, at The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of  23, 24, 25, and 26 June  2014.

Application deadline: 1 April 2014

Places on this Summer School are limited to 30
and will be awarded on merit. Applicants should be early stage researchers currently engaged in relevant research and 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.

Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a supervisor's supporting statement.
Please notify your supervisor that they will receive an e-mail from the Wellcome Trust asking them to complete your application by submitting a supporting statement.

The selection process will take place in April 2014.
Bursaries or travel grants are not available for this year's school.

Travel Visas

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

Conference organiser contact details:
Lucy Criddle
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495004
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023


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