17 — 18



Next Generation Biologists: Cloud and High Performance

A two-day workshop to train researchers in the skills and best practices in scientific computing and bioinformatics.

University of Leeds
17 Jun 2019 9:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.
18 Jun 2019 9:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Next Generation Biologists: Essential Computing Skills for Molecular Biology.

About is a BBSRC-STARs programme-funded project to introduce and train researchers in the skills and best practices in scientific computing and bioinformatics. The format of the materials and the nature of the delivery is based on the successful Software Carpentry blended-learning model, where students learn by developing skills through hands-on, live coding and peer programming sessions led by experienced Software Carpentry instructors and supported by a small team of helpers.

This is the seventh overall and the first “advanced” workshop in the series.


This workshop are aimed at researchers in the biological and life sciences who are comfortable with command line. Note that this is not a beginners workshop, we won't be teaching you how to program.

Preliminary Programme

MONDAY: HPC in a day (spinning-up-for-the-occasion of a cloud-based HPC cluster), HPC-based workflows, running and installing tools and applications

TUESDAY: Cloud in a day (setting up your own RStudio server in the cloud, look at Machine Learning tools, tour of the Azure Genomics platform)


The workshops are free of charge for all BBSRC-funded researchers, as well as staff and students from the Universities of Leeds and Huddersfield. For all other participants a course fee of £100 will apply that will need to be paid before the workshop begins.

Travel and accommodation costs are not covered by the organisers.

How to Apply

To apply for a place on the workshop, prepare a 200 words' summary of your curriculum vitae and a 200 word statement detailing why this course is of particular importance to your research.

Submit your information via the registration form at by Monday 3rd June. The selection committee will notify successful applicants by the end of the 4th of June. The workshops are limited to 25 participants, who are expected to bring their own laptops to the workshop.

More details about the project and the workshop are available on our website at We are also on Twitter at

Please note this event is not organised by N8 CIR but is certain to be of interest to bioinformatics researchers across the partnership.

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