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Bioinformatics training

We’re excited to offer a new training programme in collaboration with the Glasgow Bioinformatic Core, to equip wet-lab immunologists, biologists and other life scientists with the skills and confidence to perform their own bioinformatic data analysis

Bioinformatics is becoming ubiquitous within the life sciences and is now a potent driver of scientific development. With the increased use of bioinformatic tools to complement wet-lab research in immunology, knowing how to effectively analyse omic datasets is becoming an essential skill for all researchers. 

Effective and affordable courses in this area are few and far between, which is why we’re offering a low-cost, highly rated training option designed for wet-lab life scientists and available at a discounted rate for all BSI members.

Do you want to do some omics and raise the impact of your research? Scroll down for more information and to book your place!

Are you a wet-lab scientist…

  • Who is doing or planning on doing an omic experiment as part of a project?
  • Keen to learn R and bioinformatics to advance your career, for example after finishing a PhD or in future post-docs?
  • Who needs to understand omics in the current literature?
  • Who’s been on a course but is missing the practical skills and confidence to put it to use?

Sign up to this top-rated bioinformatics training programme now! You will get:

  • Digestible classes that fit around your lab schedule – they are mornings-only on Zoom
  • Low-cost training, significantly more affordable than other courses – just £390 for BSI members
  • Sought-after skills that will expand your career prospects – add it to your CV!
  • Confidence to carry out bioinformatic data processing and analysis of your own or public datasets
  • Lessons on making beautiful plots using R (e.g. PCA, heatmap, violin, MA, volcano, pathway analysis, etc.)

And much more!

Courses open

Omic data analysis and visualisation using R
  • Monday 9 to Friday 20 September, running every weekday morning for two weeks - register here
  • December - more information coming soon
Further omics, statistics and clinical data in R
  • Courses will take place in 2025 (booking will open winter 2024)
Essential command line bioinformatics and genome analysis
  • Starting on Monday 29 July 2024, this top-rated course will take place each Monday (9:30–12:30 and 13:30–16:30 BST) until 2 September - register here
Single cell and spatial omics
  • October

More details coming soon. Please keep an eye on this page and our social media @britsocimm

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

Which course is right for me?

The first course ‘Omic data analysis and visualisation using R’ is essential for complete beginners, covering the foundations of bioinformatics, R-coding and omic data visualisation. In addition, there are optional extra courses, depending on need, which build on specific lessons obtained in the first course. They allow for specialisation into advanced topics.

 Omic data analysis and visualisation using RFurther omics, statistics and clinical data in R*Essential command line bioinformatics and genome analysis*Single cell and spatial omics*

*These courses are aimed at those who have carried out the entry-level course ‘Omic data analysis and visualisation using R’ or have a comparable level of experience.

What do previous attendees think?

The course has had over 1,200 attendees since 2020, with a mean rating of 9.4/10 for content and delivery, and 93% of participants thinking the session length and pace was “about right”, after 332 reviews.

“Great course! Never thought that something so complex like R could be explained in such clear and simple manner.” 

“The content of the course was great and was clearly relevant to biological data analysis from start to finish. I really appreciate that each line of code and each function within the code was explained, as this has left me able to write and customise my code and plots in hundreds of ways.”

“Really enjoyed this outstanding course – allowed a complete novice (me) to become R-functional – I will continue to improve as the course tutorial structure/course materials make it easy to revise/hone skills.”

“I've been on other R courses and this was the best by far as I actually finished it feeling a lot less scared of R and omics generally!”

"I think the course was excellent. I had very little knowledge of bioinformatics at all, and I now feel I have a firm understanding of the different aspects of sequencing, data presentation and what said presentation shows."

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The programme has been developed and is delivered by the Glasgow Bioinformatic Core and is being offered by the British Society for Immunology.