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Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB03)

3rd October 2016 - 7th October 2016

£600 - £720

Course Overview:

Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackle problems in their own research and (2) continue their Python education in a self-directed way. In biology Python is often applied to sequence analysis and data manipulation e.g. calculating base composition statistics, removing adapter sequences, translating DNA to protein, counting kmers, filtering tables etc. In this course we use these applications as examples during the exercises as a way of illustrating how to use the tools that Python has because it makes sense given the background of most of the people who attend. However, it should be possible to apply what you learn to any type of programming problem.

Intended Audience

This workshop is aimed at all researchers and technical workers with a background in biology who want to learn programming. The syllabus has been planned with complete beginners in mind.

Venue – Malham Tarn – Download directions PDF
Availability – 30 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English


We offer two packages
• COURSE ONLY – includes lunch and refreshments.
• ALL INCLUSIVE – for an additional £210.00. Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, minibus to and from meeting point and accommodation. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) and shared single sex showers and toilets. Arrival Sunday 2nd October and departure Friday 7th October PM.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ pleases scroll to the bottom of this page.

To book ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ first book ‘COURSE ONLY’ and then add accommodation and meals direct from the venue for £210.00 by clicking ALL INCLUSIVE

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PR~statistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PR~statistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Dr. Martin Jones


Dr. Oliver Hooker

Teaching Format
Course Programme


3rd October 2016
7th October 2016
£600 - £720


Malham Tarn Field Centre
Malham Tarn Field Centre,
Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU, United Kingdom
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