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Joint Spring School «Bioinformatics and Population Genomics»


May 29 to June 2, 2016

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Prof. Laurent Excoffier, University of Bern (CH)
Prof. Marc Robinson-Rechavi
, University of Lausanne (CH)
Grégoire Rossier
, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (CH)
Corinne Dentan
, Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CH)
Caroline Betto-Colliard
, Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CH)


Emilia Huerta Sánchez, University of California, Merced (USA)Ludovic Orlando, University of Copenhagen (DK) Yannick Wurm, Queen Mary University, London (UK) Marc Robinson-Rechavi, University of Lausanne (CH) Bart Deplancke, EPFL, Lausanne (CH) Stephan Schiffels, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena (DE) Laurent Excoffier, University of Bern (CH) Philine Feulner, EAWAG Beth Shapiro, University of California, Santa Cruz


Julien Roux, University of Lausanne (CH)
Yannick Wurm
, Queen Mary University London (UK)


Population Genomics and Bioinformatics share many common interests at the interface of modern integrative biology, which may generate enormous quantities of complex data, often through multiple sources. Efficient and accurate analysis of such data can only be accomplished through appropriate computational methods. Working together, bioinformaticians and population genomics scientists develop advanced approaches to study biological variation. This collaboration is imperative to establish new hypotheses and models to strike a new path towards the understanding of biology at the population level. We organize a joint Spring School simply entitled "Bioinformatics and Population Genomics'' to give our students access to the state-of-the-art bioinformatics techniques and the biological questions that population genomics has prompted. The objective of this course is to teach PhD students how to integrate, manage, and analyse experimental genomics data using advanced bioinformatics tools.




Sunday May 29: Welcome

17:00 Participants arrival

18:30 Welcome and presentation of the event

19:00 Dinner

20:30 Ice-breaking meeting (participants introducing themselves, drinks)


Monday May 30: Ancient DNA and Adaptation

09:00 Lecture 1.1: Emilia Huerta Sánchez

10:20 Coffee break

10:50 Lecture 1.2: Ludovic Orlando

12:15 Lunch

14:00 Practicals 1.1

15:45 Coffee break

16:15 Practicals 1.2

18:15 Free time

20:00 Dinner

21:30 Bar/armchair talk


Tuesday May 31: Evolution of Gene Expression

09:00 Lecture 2.1: Yannick Wurm

09:45 Lecture 2.2 : Marc Robinson-Rechavi

10:30 Coffee break

10:50 Lecture 2.3: Bart Deplancke

12:15 Lunch

14:00 Practicals 2.1

15:45 Coffee break

16:15 Practicals 2.2

18:15 Free time

20:00 Dinner

21:30 Bar/armchair talk


Wednesday June 1: Demography and Social Activity

09:00 Lecture 3.1: Stephan Schiffels

10:20 Coffee break

10:50 Lecture 3.2: Laurent Excoffier

12:15 Lunch

13:30 Social activity

16:30 Coffee break

16:45 Practicals 3.1

18:45 Free time

20:00 Dinner

21:30 Bar/armchair talk


Thursday June 2: Ancient DNA and Adaptation

09:00 Lecture 4.1: Philine Feulner

10:20 Coffee break

10:50 Lecture 4.2: Beth Shapiro

12:15 Lunch

13:45 Practicals 4.1 & 4.2

15:30 Coffee break & Concluding Remarks

16:00 End of the event



Loèche-les-Bains (Leukerbad), VS




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When?29 May - 2 June 2016 Where?
Regina Terme Hotel
, Leukerbad (VS)



Knowledge / competencies:

  • Basic understanding of working with command line tools on Linux or Windows-based operating systems. If you do not feel comfortable with UNIX commands, please take the SIB UNIX fundamentals e-learning module. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to attend the next SIB course "First Steps with UNIX in Life Sciences" that will take place in Geneva, 24 May 2016.


  • Please bring your own laptop
  • We will probably ask you to install a Virtual Machine, a guide will be provided

Workshop attendance (including room and board):

PhD students of the DPEE, StarOmics and SIB: Free. Please note that a guarantee of 100CHF will be asked to PhD students of the DPEE & StarOmics. This guarantee will be given back after the workshop. All other participants: 700 CHF


PhD students of StarOmics are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form to:

Corinne Dentan
Doctoral Program StarOmics
CIG-Le Génopode

University of Lausanne
1015 Lausanne



Deadline for registration 04.04.2016
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