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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Understanding Biology with Python

Groningen canal
Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!


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

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

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: e.dvorianinova@umcg.nl
Requirements

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.


Housing
housing_kitchen

You will stay at Upsilon International Students House. This newly built residence is beautifully located between the city centre of Groningen and the University campus. There is a coffee corner at the main entrance and a rooftop where you can enjoy the sunset. You will have a fully furnished private room, with its own bathroom and toilet. The kitchen/living room is shared with approx. 8 other students, and offers you a place to have dinner or to play a (board) game with your fellow summer school students.

Meals

The kitchens are fully equipped with electric stoves, ovens, fridges, freezers, etc. and of course pots and pans. Please note that food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is not included unless otherwise specified by your summer school. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on meals, snacks, coffee/tea and/or other refreshments.

Conditions

The housing service is optional, please indicate on your online application form if you want to have accommodation arranged for you. If you agree to have housing arranged for you, you will be offered a standard package with the following conditions:

  • Standard rental from Saturday 4 July to Saturday 11 July for € 274 (7 nights). This includes cleaning, bed package (duvet, pillow + linen) and basic kitchen utensils.
  • Check-in is on Saturdays between 2 PM and 10 PM or Sundays between 2 PM and 4 PM. The central summer school office will be there to welcome you.
  • Check-out is on Saturday before 10 AM.
  • Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel after 17 June are liable to pay the full amount for their accommodation.

Please note that the international student house is a regular home and not hotel-quality accommodation. If you prefer to stay in other accommodation, please make use of one of the many hotels in Groningen.

European Research Institute of the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA)
European Research Institute of the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA)
Last modified:31 March 2020 10.30 a.m.