Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

EMBO practical Course on "Bioinformatics and Genomes Analyses"

Announcement and Call for Application to the EMBO practical Course on "Bioinformatics and Genomes Analyses" (http://events.embo.org/14-comparative-genomics/index.html ) that will take place in the Hellenic Pasteur Institute, Athens, Greece, 5 -17 May, 2014.

The main objectives of this Practical Course are to strengthen skills of PhD students and young researchers in the domain of Bioinformatics and Genome Data Analyses on the use of advanced fundamental algorithms and their applications in genome studies.

The course topics will include theoretical and practical aspects in:
- Genomes comparisons,
- Evolutionary analyses (orthologs, paralogs and ancestral genomes inference),
- RNAseq and Next Generation Sequencing (including algorithms, methods and sequence mapping tools, data analyses and applications).

The course programme will be centred on theoretical presentations followed by practical sessions. Practical sessions in a Linux environment will involve Unix shell and Perl scripting. Participants are assumed to be familiar with this environment.

A series of lectures delivered by prominent scientists on recent hot topics in genome (Viruses, Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes) studies will be included in the programme and future research perspectives will be highlighted.

The topics that will be included in the course programme are similar to those included in previously organized courses:http://www.pasteur.fr/~tekaia/BGA_courses.html

The course is aimed at motivated Ph.D students and Post-Doctoral Researchers in Academic Institutions, with background in Mathematics, Statistics, Biology or Computer Science and who are involved in Bioinformatics and Genomes studies.

Selection of participants will be based on their background, running research projects and on expressed motivations.
Selected students will have free accommodation and meals and are expected to contribute with 200 euros and to pay for their travel expenses.
All participants (students and invited speakers) will stay in the same hotel.

Detailed indications are available on the course web site: http://events.embo.org/14-comparative-genomics/index.html

Candidates are advised to complete carefully the application form, together with an abstract of at least one of their running projects, a "one-page CV" and a personal Identity Picture (Photo).

The application deadline is March 14, 2014.