Netherlands, Groningen

Understanding Biology with Python

when 5 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 250

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

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.

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.

Course leader

Dr. Leonid Bystrykh, senior scientist from ERIBA institute, University of Groningen

Target group

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.

Course aim

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.

Credits info

1 EC
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.

Fee info

EUR 250: The fee for the course.

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 within 3 weeks before the start of the summer school are liable to pay the full amount.
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.