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 Galaxy Australia and these are used in our formal workshops and are also available for use to deliver your own workshops or for self-directed learning and for conducting your own research.

All our upcoming workshops and events for building bioinformatics careers are listed below. See also:

Resources for researchers and students as recommended by the Parkville Bioinformatics Training Group

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


All our trainer-led workshops are now delivered online and are FREE for all researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes.

Due to the very high local demand and popularity of these workshops, we are limiting access for 2020 to researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes.

Registrants must use an eligible institutional email address to gain admission to these trainer-led workshops.

Please note that all the materials used in these workshops are freely available online and are designed to be used for for self-directed learning. Click on toolbox above to find the directory of materials.Air Jordan

December 1, 2020 - 10am - 1pm
online via Zoom


Hybrid de novo genome assembly – Nanopore & Illumina – online


Presenter – Grace Hall

Most modern bioinformatic analyses are not possible without high-quality reference genomes. They are the backbone that supports current and future discoveries, and our collection of complete genome sequences are one of humanity’s greatest achievements.

Performing de novo assembly is easier than ever thanks to advances in long read sequencing and platforms such as Galaxy which enable bioinformatics workflows for non-coders. In this tutorial we will use the web-based analysis platform “Galaxy” to create a high-quality assembly of a Bacillus Subtilis strain. The software tools “Flye” and then “Pilon” will be used to perform the assembly and subsequent error correction to improve the accuracy of assembled contigs. You will learn how to will visualize input read sets and the assemblies produced at each stage and assess the quality of the final assembly.

Tools used

Galaxy, Flye, Pilon

Learning objectives

By the end of this training, participants will:

  • understand how Nanopore and Illumina reads can be used together to produce a high quality genome assembly
  • be familiar with genome assembly and polishing programs
  • be able to perform de novo assembly using Nanopore and Illumina reads!

Prerequisites and Requirements

This workshop does not require any previous experience with working with sequencing reads, but familiarity with Galaxy and Galaxy workflows, or completion of “Introduction to Galaxy” workshop is required.

This is a hands-on workshop and attendees must bring their own laptops to the online workshop with the following software preinstalled:

  • access to internet
  • web browser (Firefox or Chrome recommended)
  • Zoom (Version 5.1 or higher)

Our workshops are FREE for all researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes (registering with their institutional email). Due to high demand locally, for the remainder of 2020, we will not be taking any external paying applicants. For further details, please see the Melbourne Bioinformatics Training page.Nike SF-AF1

LAST RUN: September 29, 2020

December 9, 2020 - 2-5pm
online via Zoom


Online data analysis for biologists

This interactive beginners’ workshop will provide an introduction to using Galaxy for online data analysis. It is based on our Introduction to Galaxy workshop, now being offered across Australia through the Australian BioCommons.adidas Yeezy Boost 350