News: Workshop: Introduction to Python for biologists. DeadLine
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Introduction to Python for biologists:

5-9 December 2016 in Berlin, Germany

Instructor: Dr Martin Jones:

Application deadline is: November 21st , 2016.

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 ( 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.

Course programme: Monday 5th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Session 1-. Introduction Session 2-Output and text manipulation

Tuesday 6th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Session 3-File IO and user interfaces Session 4. Flow control 1 : loops

Wednesday 7th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Session 5-Flow control 2 : conditionals Session6- Organizing and structuring code

Thursday 17th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Session-7. Regular expressions Session 8-Dictionaries

Friday 18th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Session 9-Interaction with the filesystem Session-10-Optional free afternoon to cover previous modules and discuss data

Further information:

The cost is 555 euros (VAT included) including refreshments and course materials. We also offer an all-inclusive package at 795 euros(VAT included), including breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, accommodation, course and transfer from/to the main city’s airports.

Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information:


Carlo Pecoraro, Ph.D

Physalia-courses Coordinator

Twitter: @physacourses

mobile: +49 15771084054

Skype: carlo_pecoraro

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