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:

30 September - 01 October 2019

Bioinformatics Workflows with Snakemake



28 October - 01 November 2019 Bioinformatics for Genomics OPEN


04 - 08 November 2019 Introduction to Linux and Workflows for Biologists OPEN


14 - 15 November 2019

R for Genomics  OPEN


18 - 20 November 2019 Introduction to RNA-seq Data Analysis  OPEN


04 December 2019 Introduction to Linux for Genomics  OPEN


09 -13 December 2019 Advanced Python for Biologists  OPEN


TBC Alignment, Analysis and Visualisation with Jalview


TBC Data Manipulation and Visualisation with Python   N/A


TBC Metagenomics and Metabarcoding N/A


TBC Introduction to Python for Biologists 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.