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EMBO Practical Course

Research to service: Planning and running a bioinformatics core facility

08 – 12 April 2019 | Izmir, Turkey

  • Registration Deadline
  • 22 February 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 04 March 2019

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About the Practical Course

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Computational core facilities play a vital role in enabling molecular life sciences, and the number of such facilities has grown considerably. There are many relatively inexperienced managers of core facilities, who often have to juggle their own research projects with the development and operation of services. This can be exceptionally challenging, not least because scientific impact tends only to be recognised and rewarded for research. This EMBO Practical Course will provide an opportunity for aspiring new managers of core facilities, especially those with one foot in the research camp, to learn from experienced core facilities managers how to build a framework for the future development, resourcing, operation and impact assessment of their core services.

The EMBO Practical Course will not be a ‘classical’ bioinformatics course, but it will focus on the business development and resource and data management aspects of running a core facility. It will have a high proportion of practical content in which participants solve problems relevant to their own core facility. By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of their core facility and prioritise areas for improvement,
  • Design bioinformatics services and training using a user-centred approach,
  • Estimate the resources (computational and human) needed to operate their facility effectively,
  • Support their users to factor their bioinformatics needs into projects at an early stage.

On the final day of the EMBO Practical Course, participants will develop a personal plan to put what they’ve learned into practice in their own core facilities.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 22 February 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 04 March 2019



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation (for five nights)
  • Transfer from the hotel to the venue and back (every day)
  • All meals and coffee breaks
  • Social events (Social programme will include a sightseeing tour to Ephesus, an ancient city in Izmir Province)
  • Course materials and reagents


Payment instructions will be emailed to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

This course is aimed at aspiring relatively inexperienced managers of bioinformatics and related core facilities, including those who have to combine running a core facility with leading a research group. Candidates who are about to move into a core facility manager role will also be considered.

Applicants will be required to send (maximum of one page each):

  • A motivation letter, explaining the summary of their responsibilities, how they intend to apply what they learn, and the main challenges that they face as core facility managers.
  • A letter of support from the candidate’s department head. If more than one individual applies from the same institution, places will be restricted to one individual.

The applicants should submit a brief biosketch (CV, maximum of 300 words).

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Ezgi Karaca

+90 (232) 299 41 54

Berrak Sohtorik

+90 (232) 299 41 00 ext.3101




Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG)

Dokuz Eylul University Health Campus

Mithatpasa St. 58/5 35340

Balcova, Izmir



Accommodation will be at a hotel very close to the venue. The accommodation details will be announced in a short while.


From the airport to the venue, participants can take:

  • The shuttle buses organized by the course,
  • A taxi (should take 30 mins and cost around 20 EUR),
  • The airport bus (number 202) to reach Fahrettin Altay. At Fahrettin Altay, they can take buses 5, 8, 551, 950 or 82. IBG is located in close vicinity to the Dokuz Eylul University bus stop.

About the Area

IBG is located within the campus of Dokuz Eylul Public Hospital, location of which is very well known in the region.

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