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.

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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.


UPCOMING MELBOURNE BIOINFORMATICS WORKSHOPS

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

May 31, 2018 -
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Talk

Common Workflow Language for Bioinformatics

As part of the 2018 Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science (2018 C3DIS), Michael Milton will present a half day workshop on CWL for Bioinformatics. For further information and registration, please refer to the C3DIS website.


June 18, 2018 - 9.30am-12.30pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Workshops

Introduction to Unix

Knowledge of the Unix operating system is fundamental to being productive on HPC systems such as those offered by Melbourne Bioinformatics. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamental Unix concepts by way of a series of hands-on exercises.

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LAST RUN: March 19, 2018
NEXT SESSION: October 15, 2018

June 18, 2018 - 1.30-4.30pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Workshops

Introduction to High Performance Computing

Using High Performance Computing (HPC) resources such as Melbourne Bioinformatics in an effective and efficient manner is key to modern research.  This workshop will introduce you to HPC environments and assist you to get on with your research.

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LAST RUN: March 19, 2018
NEXT SESSION: October 15, 2018

June 20, 2018 - 9.30am-12.30pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Workshops

Introduction to Galaxy and the GVL

Galaxy is an open source, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biomedical research. It allows users without programming experience to easily specify parameters and run individual tools as well as larger workflows. It also captures run information so that any user can repeat and understand a complete computational analysis. Finally, it allows users to share and publish analyses via the web

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LAST RUN: March 20, 2018
NEXT SESSION: October 17, 2018

June 20, 2018 - 1.30pm-4.30pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia

Workshops

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

In this tutorial we will cover the concepts of RNA-Seq differential gene expression (DGE) analysis using Galaxy: an open, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biomedical research.

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LAST RUN: March 20, 2018
NEXT SESSION: October 29, 2018

June 21, 2018 - 9:30am-12.30pm (AEST)
187 Grattan St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Workshops

Introduction to Molecular Modelling & Visualisation for Life Sciences

This Melbourne Bioinformatics workshop introduces beginners to molecular modelling and visualisation techniques using packages such as VMD and NAMD.  After introductory talks participants will be given practical exercises to visualise molecules as well as learn how to submit jobs to the Melbourne Bioinformatics clusters.

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LAST RUN: May 8, 2017

June 21, 2018 - 1.30pm-4.30pm
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan St, Carlton

Workshops

Containerised Bioinformatics: Docker and other tools for reproducible analysis

Containerisation is a method of bundling an application or pipeline with all its dependencies, from language runtimes like Python and R to the operating system itself. This technology has already revolutionised web development by providing a simple way to run web applications in a  precisely controlled environment, regardless of which computer system they are running on. This workshop will explain how these advantages can be easily applied to bioinformatics analysis, to ensure 100% reproducibility of your work, along with easy distribution of your pipelines to other users without the need for complex installation.

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LAST RUN: March 21, 2018
NEXT SESSION: October 19, 2018

July 2, 2018 - 1.30pm-4.30pm
187 Grattan St, Carlton VIC 3053

Workshops

Common Workflow Language for Bioinformatics

Common Workflow Language (or CWL), is a growing language for defining workflows in a cross-platform and cross-domain manner. In biology in particular, we need workflows to automate complex analyses such as DNA variant calling, RNA sequencing, and genome assembly. CWL provides a simple and well-defined format for automating these analysis by specifying their stages and connections using readable CWL documents.

CWL makes use of a number of existing standards, including support for cluster computing using SLURM or PBS, containerisation using Docker, and deployment using common packaging formats. In addition, the CWL ecosystem has grown to include workflow visualisation tools, graphical workflow editors, libraries for interacting with CWL programatically and tools that convert to and from CWL and other workflow formats.
 This workshop will cover most of these facets of CWL, including:
  •  Wrapping tools using the CWL standard
  •  Writing CWL workflows
  •  Running CWL on different computing environments
  •  Using Docker containers to ensure reproducibility
  •  Sharing CWL tools and workflows
  •  Use-cases for CWL in bioinformatics
NEXT SESSION: October 29, 2018

July 2, 2018 - 9:30am-12.30pm (AEST)
Melbourne Bioinformatics Boardroom, 187 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia

Workshops

Variant Calling with Galaxy & the GVL for beginners

In this tutorial we cover the concepts of detecting small variants (SNVs and indels) in human genomic DNA using a small set of reads from chromosome 22. The tutorial is designed to introduce the tools, datatypes and workflow of variant detection. We will align reads to the genome, look for differences between reads and reference genome sequence, and filter the detected genomic variation manually to understand the computational basis of variant calling.

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LAST RUN: March 21, 2018
NEXT SESSION: October 18, 2018