Coronavirus Update:

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have moved our courses online. Our online courses provide the same level of interaction with instructors, the same great learning material, and are run on the same cloud-based virtual machines. 

We are trying to provide as many courses as we can during this period including some new ones. If you don't see the course you are interested online in please register your interest in one here and we will get back to you as soon as a new course goes live. 

The explosion in new sequencing technologies has changed genomics from being the province of a few to being a key part in many research programmes. To enable researchers to analyse their next generation sequencing data themselves, Edinburgh Genomics offers a range of hands-on bioinformatics workshops.

Started in mid 2014, our training portfolio is continuously being expanded. It contains core bioinformatics workshops, like “Linux for Genomics” and “Introduction to Python for Biologists”, as well as applied genomics workshops, like “Introduction to RNA-seq Data Analysis” and “Oxford Nanopore MinION Sequencing - Data Handling, Analysis and Applications”.

Workshops are given in our in-house training suite, or in training suites on the King’s Buildings campus. Instructors include staff from Edinburgh Genomics and The University of Edinburgh, as well as external experts. Our small class sizes ensure an optimal student-instructor ratio.

All workshops are advertised on this page and through various mailing lists and social media.

Our training programme has recently been recognised as a nationally-important training resource by ELIXIR-UK.

We currently offer the following workshops (all online for now with the same content as face to face courses):

5 - 8 October 2020

Variant Analysis OPEN


12 - 14 October 2020

Long-read Transcriptomic Data Analysis COMING SOON


27 - 30 October 2020

RNA-seq Data Analysis OPEN


2 - 4 November 2020

Long-read Genomic Data Analysis



16-20 November 2020

R for Biologists COMING SOON


30 November -  2 December 2020

Metagenomic Data Analysis



14 - 18 December 2020

Introduction to Python for Biologists COMING SOON


2021 TBC

Bioinformatics Workflows with Snakemake COMING SOON


2021 TBC Introduction to Linux for Genomics COMING SOON


2021 TBC Advanced Python for Biologists



2021 TBC Data Science for Everyone



2021 TBC Investigating the structure and function of Proteins, RNA and DNA using Jalview 



In addition we may offer workshops in collaboration with other trainers on: Oxford Nanopore sequence analysis; variant analysis; RAD-seq data analysis; ChIP-seq data analysis; GATK best practices for variant discovery. We have also delivered several BBSRC STARS Bioinformatics Schools.

Registration and Payment Information

For all OPEN workshops, you can register now. Please go to the workshop page for full details.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and a request for payment from our finance team. Once payment has been received, your place will be confirmed and full details will be sent to you. You will be able to cancel your place on the course up to 4 weeks before the workshop start date, minus a 30% administration fee. Cancellations outwith this period will be charged in full. Course fees must be paid in full within 7 days of our payment request being issued to you.

Please note: to reduce our environmental impact, our default catering option is vegetarian. If you require a specific menu (including meat) on one of our catered course please specify in our registration form.

For any questions regarding our training activities, please contact our training team (