Introduction to Python for Biologists

Dates

2-6 October 2017

 

Course overview

Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. This workshop is aimed at complete beginners and assumes no prior programming experience. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackling problems in their own research and (2) continue their Python education in a self-directed way. All course materials (including copies of presentations, practical exercises, data files, and example scripts prepared by the instructing team) will be provided electronically to participants.

Intended audience

This workshop is aimed at all researchers and technical workers with a background in biology who want to learn programming. The syllabus has been planned with complete beginners in mind; people with previous programming experience are welcome to attend as a refresher but may find the pace a bit slow. If in doubt, take a look at the detailed session content below or drop Martin Jones (martin@pythonforbiologists.com) an email.

 

Teaching format:

The workshop is delivered over ten half-day sessions (see the detailed curriculum below). Each session consists of roughly a one hour lecture followed by two hours of practical exercises, with breaks at the organizer’s discretion. There will also be plenty of time for students to discuss their own problems and data.

Assumed background:

Students should have enough biological background to appreciate the examples and exercise problems (i.e. they should know about DNA and protein sequences, what translation is, and what introns and exons are). No previous programming experience or computer skills (beyond the ability to use a text editor) are necessary, but you'll need to have a laptop with Python installed.

WHERE

Session content

Monday 2nd – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

 

Session 1. Introduction

 

In this session I introduce the students to Python and explain what we expect them to get out of it and how learning to program can benefit their research. I explain the format of the course and take care of any housekeeping details (like coffee breaks and catering arrangements).

Instructor

 

Dr. Martin Jones

 

Martin started his programming career by learning Perl during the course of his PhD in evolutionary biology, and started teaching other people to program soon after.

 



In the all-inclusive package the accommodation is included from Sunday (check-in) to Friday (check-out). A breakfast buffet is also provided in the hotel. Lunch and dinner are also provided during the week, starting from the dinner on Sunday and concluding with the lunch on Friday.

Should you have any further questions, please send an email to info@physalia-courses.org

Cancellation Policy:

 

> 30  days before the start date = 30% cancellation fee

< 30 days before the start date= No Refund.

 

Physalia-courses cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.