Managing a bioinformatics core facility

This virtual knowledge exchange workshop is an opportunity for managers of bioinformatics core facilities to learn from EMBL-EBI’s service teams, from each other, and from potential users of their services. These facilities play an essential role in enabling research in the molecular life sciences. The landscape is constantly evolving as new research tools emerge, as experiments become increasingly data intensive, and as their clients – experimental researchers – become more exposed to the power of data-driven biology.

Virtual workshop

The workshop will involve participants learning via pre-recorded lectures, live presentations, and trainer Q&A sessions. The content will be delivered over Zoom, with additional text communication over Slack.  Live sessions will include both group and individual activities, alongside optional social and networking opportunities.

Participants will need to be available between the hours of 08:45 - 15:30 BST each day.

Who is this course for?

This workshop is aimed at new and experienced managers of bioinformatics core facilities, or other facilities that support their users to analyse and interpret large biomolecular data sets.  This course will not provide a platform for teaching hands-on bioinformatics analysis.

What will I learn?

Learning outcomes

After this workshop you should be able to:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of your core facility
  • Apply a framework for designing new services (including training your users) or redesigning existing services
  • Appreciate different cost models, their pros and cons, and how to apply them in the context of your core facility
  • Advise your users on how to manage sensitive data and where to submit them
Course content
  • The role of core bioinformatics facilities
  • How to design and resource your service
  • Introduction to project management

Trainers

Cath Brooksbank
EMBL-EBI
Sarah Butcher
EMBL-EBI
Andrew Hercules
EMBL-EBI
Vera Matser
EMBL-EBI

Programme

Day 1 – Tuesday 18 August
08:45 – 09:00 Virtual arrivals - bring your own beverage and say hi to the other participants  
09:00 – 09:45 Welcome and participant introductions Cath Brooksbank
09:45 – 11:00 Identifying key challenges and setting expectations Cath Brooksbank
11:00 – 12:45 Break  
12:45 – 13:00 Settle back in  
13:00 – 13:45 Keynote - The evolving role of bioinformatics core facilities Sarah Butcher
13:45 – 14:00 Short Break  
14:00 – 15:00 Spectrum exercise Andrew Hercules & Vera Matser
15:00 – 15:30 Virtual Drinks and Nibbles  
Day 2 – Wednesday 19 August
08:45 – 9:00 Virtual arrivals - bring your own coffee and say hi to the other participants  
09:00 – 09:30 The F words: funding and finances - talk Sarah Butcher
09:30 – 11:00 Resourcing your service: cost models exercise Sarah with other course faculty members
11:00 – 12:45 Break  
12:45 – 13:00 Settle back in  
13:00 – 13:45 Resourcing your service: people and compute Sarah Butcher
13:45 – 14:00 Short Break  
14:00 – 15:00 Resourcing your service: grant-costing exercise Sarah Butcher
Day 3 – Thursday 20 August
08:45 – 9:00 Virtual arrivals - bring your own coffee and say hi to the other participants  
09:00 – 10:00 (re)Designing Your Service - Part 1 - The Design Process Andrew Hercules and Vera Matser
10:00 – 10:15 Short Break  
10:15 - 11:15 (re)Designing Your Service - Part 2 - Understanding Users Andrew Hercules and Vera Matser
11:15 – 12:45 break  
12:45 – 13:00 Settle back in  
13:00 – 13:45 Project Management - Approaches and Tools Andrew Hercules and Vera Matser
13:45 – 14:00 Short Break  
14:00 – 15:00 Revisit Challenges and expectations Cath Brooksbank
15:00 – 15:30 Workshop wrap up, feedback and additional resources Cath Brooksbank

Before starting your application please read our application advice page. In order to be considered for a place on this course, you must submit a complete application which includes the following sections:

  • Complete the online application form providing answers as directed
  • Ensure you add relevant information to the "Application submission" section where you are asked to provide three 100-word paragraphs to describe your:
    • scientific biography
    • work history
    • current research interests
  • Upload a letter of support from your supervisor or a senior colleague detailing reasons why you should be selected for the course

Please submit all documents during the application process by midnight on Friday 19 March 2021.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be informed of the status of their application (successful, waiting list, rejected) by Friday 2 April 2021. If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact Marina Pujol (mpujol@ebi.ac.uk).

Apply now
Applications close
19 March 2021

18 - 21 May 2021
£200
Contact
Marina Pujol
Open application with selection
30 places

Organisers
  • Cath Brooksbank
    EMBL-EBI
  • Sarah Butcher
    EMBL-EBI

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