Python for Biologists

9:00am - 5:00pm / Monday 12th August 2019 / Venue: Centre for Lifelong Learning, 126-128 Mount Pleasant
Type: Workshop / Category: Research
  • Suitable for: Attendees will require a level of biological and bioinformatics background so they can appreciate the examples and exercises (i.e. they should know what a protein accession number, BLAST report, and FASTA sequence is). Attendees will require the ability to us a text editor (e.g. nano, vim, or gedit). No previous programming knowledge is required. If you are not sure if this course is suitable for you please do not hesitate to contact Dr Martin Jones (martin@pythonforbiologists.com)
  • Admission: The registration fee is £500 but places are limited to 15 so acceptance will be on a first come, first served basis. The application deadline is 14th June 2019: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjNEnRr2eN0mFYKTAgsXSlz3un7u-kk3LRytg6sB1OZEfkRg/viewform
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The workshop will take place over 5 days (12th-15th August). Each day will consist of 2 half-day sessions, each consisting of a ~1 hour lecture followed by 2 hours of practical exercises. Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. This workshop is aimed at complete beginners and assumes no prior programming experience. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. The workshop is structured so that the parts of the language most useful for bioinformatics are introduced as early as possible, and that students can start writing plausibly-useful programs after the first few sessions. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackling problems in their own research and (2) continue their Python education in a self-directed way.
The instructor of the workshop is the Founder of Python for Biologists, Dr. Martin Jones.