Learn about Ensembl – online, live and free

Do you want to learn more about the Ensembl browser? Are you unable to host or attend an in-person Ensembl workshop? Do you still want to learn in real-time with instructors on hand to help you out?

The new Ensembl online training series might be for you.

What is it?

The Ensembl online training series consists of a series of live webinars, once a week over seven weeks. In each webinar you will learn about a specific aspect of Ensembl data or tools – see the online course for details. You will then have access to exercises so that you can practice what you’ve learnt.

You can dip in and out of webinars, taking only those that interest you. If you miss one, we will post the videos to our YouTube channel and embed them in the online course so that you can catch up.

What makes it special is that the course is fully interactive. If you attend the live webinars, you will have an opportunity to ask the instructors questions in real time. Afterwards, while you work on the exercises, you can interact with the instructors and other participants via our dedicated Facebook group. If you prefer not to use Facebook, you can also email us for help. Plus, you’ll be able to re-watch all or part of the videos at your leisure.

When is it?

We start on the 24th March, and will hold seven webinars on Thursday afternoons, up until the 5th May. The live webinars will take place at 4 pm British time (GMT before 27th March, BST after 27th March), but if you are unable to attend live, the videos will be posted shortly afterwards.

After the live course finishes, we will leave the full course of recordings and exercises online, so that you can take it independently whenever you choose.

How do I sign up?

You can visit the course pages to see what’s going on without signing up. If you want to attend the webinars live, you will need to sign up, but there’s no charge for doing so. You may also wish to join the Facebook group.

4 thoughts on “Learn about Ensembl – online, live and free

  1. Thank you! I already sing up. Any plans for a train the trainer course with this same format? For biologist that teach the use of databases and bioinformatics in general.

    • Hi Gloria

      This is the first time we’ve ever held a course in this format, so it is something of a tester to see how it works. If it is successful, we will certainly be looking at further courses that we can hold. There are, however, no plans to hold a Train the Trainer course in this format.

      Since we are leaving the full course up on EBI Train Online after the event, in the form of YouTube videos and accessible exercises with answers, you will be able to use the course itself as a future teaching aid.

      Emily