Coronavirus Update:

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are postponing some of our courses in the coming weeks. We will be in contact with you should a course you have registered for be affected. If you decide you do not wish to attend a course due to health and safety concerns we will offer a full refund of course fees or transfer your registration to the next instance of that course. In some cases, remote online courses will be offered as an alternative at reduced prices. Our courses later in the year will hopefully remain unaffected: However, we will continue to monitor the situation and will be abiding by any advice from the University of Edinburgh and the Scotish Government.  

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.

We have a limited number of National Environment Research Council (NERC) bursaries for any of our courses. These full-fee bursaries are available to students or researchers funded by NERC or working on NERC remit projects. Please contact for further details and to check eligibility.

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:

30 - 31 March 2020 R for Genomics  Postponed


7 -8 April 2020 Introduction to Linux for Genomics VIRTUAL EDITION! FULL


14 - 15 April 2020 Introduction to Linux for Genomics VIRTUAL EDITION#2! FULL


6 - 10 April 2020 Data Science for Everyone Postponed


30 April - 1 May 2020 Alignment, Analysis and Visualisation with Jalview Postponed


11- 15 May GATK - Best Practices Workshop OPEN


25 - 29 May 2020

Bioinformatics for Genomics OPEN


13 -17 July 2020 Introduction to Python for Biologists OPEN


TBC Advanced Python for Biologists N/A


TBC Essential Bioinformatics N/A



Introduction to RNA-seq Data Analysis  N/a


TBC Introduction to Linux for Genomics  N/A



Bioinformatics Workflows with Snakemake



TBC Data Manipulation and Visualisation with Python   N/A


TBC Metagenomics and Metabarcoding N/A



Network Analysis of High Dimensional Biological Data N/A


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.