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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Understanding Biology with Python

Groningen canal

Programming skills in python or other computer language is not something that immediately comes to mind when we mention specialist in cell or medical biology, or other biological disciplines. However, the effect of the digital revolution and progress in sequencing techniques make biology increasingly full of big and complicated data, which need further insights and the ability to analyze.

This summer school is dedicated to the python programming language, one of the most popular languages these days. We will discuss the added value of programming for biologists in general, how to use it for biologically relevant questions, and what kind of questions programming can address in a daily life of the biologist. The course is made of examples of the programming mostly from publicly available resources from the cell and medical biology, related to aspects of stem cells, hematopoiesis and aging. We will exercise with python programming and use solely biological examples (no cars!). Considerable time will be given to discussions.

Lectures will take place in the classic and beautiful main academic building of the University of Groningen, as well as in the ERIBA institute, which is a great example of modern architecture. We will also visit the surroundings of Groningen and bike to nearby lakes.
Practical information

Dates & location July 2021 (tbc), Groningen the Netherlands
Level PhD, PostDoc
Fee 2020 250
Academic coordinator Dr. Leonid Bystrykh, senior scientist from ERIBA institute, University of Groningen
Contact Katya Dvorianinova:

This school is designed for PhD students and PostDocs who are beginners and beginner-advanced in programming. Expect coming with own laptops with preinstalled python3.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

The workload is estimated at 32 hours (five days from 9-5 with lectures, workshops, assignments and (paper) presentations).
Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 32 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

European Research Institute of the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA)
European Research Institute of the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA)
Last modified:29 October 2020 09.07 a.m.