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EMBO Practical Course

Research to service: Planning and running a bioinformatics core facility

04 – 08 October 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 9 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 19 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 September 2021

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About the Practical Course

Computational core facilities play a vital role in enabling molecular life science, 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. By the end of the EMBO Practical 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 and assuring best practices
  • Estimate the computing and human resources required to operate their facility effectively
  • Support your users to manage their data, including sensitive data

On the final day of the course, the participants will develop a personal action plan to put what they have 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.





All times are Spain Time (CEST)



  • Registration Deadline
  • 9 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 19 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 September 2021



Registration includes:

  • Course materials


Payment instructions will be emailed to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

This course is aimed at aspiring and relatively inexperienced managers of bioinformatics and related core facilities, including those who have to combine running a core facility with leading a research group.

Applicants will be required to send at registration (maximum of one page each):
- Brief biosketch (CV)
- Motivation letter, explaining a summary of their responsibilities, how they intend to apply what they learn, and summarise the main challenges that they face as core facility managers.
- Reference letter from the candidate’s head of department. If more than one individual applies from the same institution, places will be restricted to one individual.>

Registration Fee Waivers

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

Specific fee waivers are available for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. To apply, please send an email directly to the meeting organisers justifying your request.

Fee waivers are only available for Academic participants.

Child care grants

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.



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