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Title

Computer skills for biological research: an introduction to GNU/Linux and bash scripting

Dates

28 - 30 August & 2 - 3 September 2019

Organizer(s)

Dr. Mathias Currat, University of Geneva
Dr. Jose Manuel Nunes, University of Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Mathias Currat, University of Geneva
Dr. Jose Manuel Nunes, University of Geneva

Description

This course intends to present useful computer tools and techniques for young researchers in biology that substantially extend basic computer knowledge acquired at undergraduate levels. The course concentrates on GNU/Linux environment and tools because it is powerful, free and easy to install in any kind of computer. Moreover, most of the computer clusters available for scientists run Linux.

The course is intended for beginners and for more advanced people, its level of complexity increasing through the four days. Basic knowledge in computing and programming is a plus but is not mandatory. The first part of the course will consist in learning the basic of GNU/Linux: installation of the environment, useful shell commands to work with text files, simple command lines and the use of regular expressions, pipes, and short scripts. The second part will consist in developing more complex scripts, as well as exercises using a computer cluster. Upon conclusion of the course the attendees are expected to be able to:

- Use comfortably GNU/Linux workstations environments
- Work with shells and write shell scripts
- Manipulate data files and perform file format conversions
- Be able to read and write simple regular expressions
- Use GNU/Linux computer clusters.

The training will provide a minimal theoretical basis in each of the topics listed below and concentrate on practical aspects through numerous applications. It will confer a working autonomy to solve problems while handling data and conducting data analyses pertinent to the researcher in biology.

Topics:
1. GNU/Linux workstation, shell and command line utilities
2. Programming in the shell
3. Regular expressions
4. Working with computer clusters

Location

University of Geneva

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Credits

2.5 ECTS

Evaluation

Full attendance and personal work

Information

When? 28-30 August and 2-3 September 2019

9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00

Where? University of Geneva

Room TBA, Building Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest Ansermet, 1205 Geneva

Expenses
Reimbursement:

PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:

 Marta Bellone Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution PER04 building University of Fribourg Rue Albert-Gockel, 3 CH-1700 Fribourg

NO reimbursement of your meal expenses

Regarding reimbursement of accomodation, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral program (ecologie-evolution(at)cuso.ch) BEFORE the beginning of the course. NO reimbursement of accomodation without the agreement in advance of the course of the coordinator fo the doctoral program.

Registration

Through your myCUSO account

Priority is given to PhD students of the DPEE until 30th of June, 2019. After this deadline, first comes, first serves! 

Places

8

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