Training and Events

Our experts have all been involved in developing and delivering workshops here and overseas for many years now. Workshops are delivered on-site or may be run in-house for your group. Many of the training materials were developed for use on the Australian-made Genomics Virtual Laboratory and these are used in our formal workshops and are also available for use to deliver your own workshops or for self-directed learning.

All upcoming workshops and events for building bioinformatics careers are listed below. Sign up to our newsletter for regular updates and also go to the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource to select training options from listings worldwide. EMBL-EBI’s Train Online is also a terrific resource for self-directed learning.

There are Science Gateways webinars on a range of subjects of interest, including bioinformatics eg. iTasser, Python etc. Science gateways are online interfaces that give researchers, educators, and students easy access to specialised, shared resources that are specific to a science or engineering discipline. You can sign up there for regular updates.


We’re also interested to hear from any Melbourne precinct research group or individual researchers and students about training needs: please email the Communications Team with your suggestions or requests.


Most workshops are FREE for all researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes.
For whole day workshops, a flat fee of $20 will be charged for catering. External participants are welcome.

Half day workshop

Students or Academics, University of Melbourne and affiliates: $0

Students or Academics, non-affiliates: $200

Industry/Government:                           $300

Full day workshop (morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided)

Students or Academics, University of Melbourne and affiliates: $20

Students or Academics, non-affiliates: $450

Industry/Government:                           $550

October 4, 2019 - 1-4pm
Arts West, Professors Walk, University of Melbourne


RNA-Seq Differential Gene Expression Analysis using Galaxy and the GVL

In this tutorial we cover the concepts of RNA-seq differential gene expression (DGE) analysis using a simulated dataset from the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. (more…)

LAST RUN: March 22, 2018

October 14, 2019 - 1-4pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia


Genome Browsers and using UCSC genome Browser tools

This is a detailed hands on tutorial on the UCSC Genome Browser which will provide beginners with an introduction to the UCSC Genome browser and how to use it to ask a wide variety of biological questions such as investigating variants, gene expression and epigenetics.

A selection of tools in the browser will be demonstrated including; in silico PCR, BLAT, and sessions. Example RNAseq data (BAM files) will be provided to demonstrate how to upload your own data to make custom tracks for use within the browser. You will also learn how to navigate the Table browser to retrieve genomic positions for targets of interest and create and load a custom bed file. (more…)

LAST RUN: March 25, 2019

October 30, 2019 - 1-5pm
Room 355, Arts West North Wing, University of Melbourne


Introduction to Linux and HPC for biologists

This workshop is offered by Research Platform Services, and the trainer is Lev Lafayette.

Are you a life science researcher with desktop system that isn’t adequate for your big datasets or the complex research problems? It’s time to learn more about High Performance Computing (HPC). The University of Melbourne HPC system, Spartan, is freely available to researchers.

This introductory course will provide an introduction to the Linux command line and give you an overview of  Spartan. You’ll learn how to write Slurm script so you can submit data or task parallel jobs, with plenty of “hands-on” examples of running with research applications. (more…)

LAST RUN: May 27, 2019

October 31, 2019 - 1-5pm
Room 355, Arts West North Wing, University of Melbourne


Advanced Linux and Shell Scripting for biologists

This workshop is offered by Research Platform Services, and the trainer is Lev Lafayette.

Job submission scripts in Slurm allocate resources and computation in batch mode. Job submissions can be made more powerful and flexible with a working knowledge of shell scripting and more advanced Slurm commands.

This workshop covers advanced Linux commands, regular expressions and regex tools, various shells, the use of variables, loops, conditional statements, the incorporation of shell scripting knowledge in job submission scripts, and autogenerating scripts with heredoc. (more…)

LAST RUN: May 28, 2019

November 1, 2019 - 9.30am-12.30pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia


Introduction to protein-protein interactions using BioGRID and IntAct


This is a detailed hands on tutorial illustrating the use of a number of popular websites in analysis of protein protein interactions networks (PPI). In addition to detailed exploration of BioGRID and IntACT other relevant webtools for exploring PPI data will be briefly explored (Eg GeneMania, String). Towards the end of the workshop you will learn how to import downloaded PPI data into Cytoscape for analysis of networks. Note that this workshop will not cover Cytoscape in detail, but it will get you started…

Learning Objectives

Learn about the main online data resources for PPI data and how to use them.

Learn about important differences in high and low throughput methods for generating interaction data and how to curate them

Important data standards for interaction data (IMEx)

Know how to retrieving large and small PPI data networks and import them into Cytoscape for analysis.


The workshop is aimed at bench researchers with no coding/programming skills who wish to learn how to utilise online data and resources to refine their biological research questions and discovery.

All participants are expected to have a good understanding of molecular Biology.

What you need:

• A charged lap top (a mouse is also handy for selecting)

• access to Uniwireless/Eduroam

• Web browser (Firefox recommended)

• Installation of Cytoscape 3 on your computer (its free) (

LAST RUN: October 29, 2018

December 4, 2019 - 12pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan St, Carlton VIC 3053


EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource (Melbourne Bioinformatics Node) workshops

Upcoming events:

  • (Fully booked) Implementing Scalable Bioinformatic Workflows in Snakemake & Nextflow
    Wednesday 25 September 12.00-4.00pm & Thursday 26 September 12.00-4.00pm AEST
  • Phylogenetic trees for beginners
    18 October (Part A: Presentation/ hands-on exercises) & 4 December 2019 (Part B: Q&A relating to participants’ real life data problems)