The summer is a time for research institutions to focus on research (or go on holiday). This causes a decrease in our Ensembl Outreach and Training (at least, workshop-wise!) However, we are giving a few workshops in July.

2 July: Internal Developer’s Course (let’s see what the developers themselves have to say about browsing Ensembl!)
6-7 July: Browser modules in EBI roadshow, Poznan Summerschool of Bioinformatics, Poland
9-10 July: Browser workshop in Seoul, Korea (Korea National Institute of Health)
13 July: Browser workshop in Daejeon, Korea (KRIBB)
13 July: Browser workshop at Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, for campus employees
14-15 July: Browser workshop in Pusan, Korea (Pusan National University)

Don’t forget, we have loads of training videos on our tutorials page (and YouTube channel!)

For June we have the following Ensembl events:

4-5 June : Browser workshop at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
11 June: Demo for the National Genetics Reference Lab, Manchester, UK
15-16 June: Browser workshop at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
18-19 June: Developers workshop at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
22 June: Browser workshop for NHS Molecular Genetics Laboratories at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK
24-26 June: Ensembl module in the Bioinformatics for Vascular Biology course at the EBI, Hinxton, UK
29 June: Browser workshop at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany

For details about these and other upcoming events, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.

The Ensembl Genome Browser project is pleased to announce a workshop on 22 May as a satellite meeting of the European Human Genetics Conference in Vienna, Austria. This full-day workshop is aimed at geneticists and life scientists, and will explore genes, variations, and comparative information using the browser’s new interface released Nov, 2008. An introduction to large-scale data retrieval with BioMart will be included. We will also feature brief introductions into the European Genotype Archive (EGA) and the 1000 Genomes Project. The format of our browser workshops are described on our outreach page.

The course on 22 May is held at a central location- the Vienna University Computer Service.

The workshop is free, however limited places are available. Please register if you will be attending.

For May we have the following Ensembl events:

29 April – 1 May: Ensembl Developers workshop at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
8 May: Browser workshop at Imperial College, London, UK
11-13 May: Ensembl module in the Wellcome Trust Open Door Workshop – Working with the Human Genome Sequence, Hinxton, UK
11-15 May: Ensembl module in the EBI hands-on training A walktrough EBI Bioinformatics Resources, Hinxton, UK
12-13 May: Ensembl module in the EBI roadshow at the Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France
19-21 May: Ensembl module in the EBI roadshow at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
22 May: Browser workshop at the European Human Genetics Conference, Vienna, Austria
26 May: Ensembl Developers workshop at the VIB Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology, Ghent, Belgium
27-28 May: Browser workshop at the Erasmus MC Molecular Medicine Postgraduate School, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

For details about these and other upcoming events, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.

Though the overall response has been good, a few Ensembl users are finding it difficult to switch from the old interface to the new browser launched Nov, 2008. For those users, functionality has not been lost. You should still be able to do the same tasks as before in a faster interface.

We will post a series of tips to show you how to make the switch from the old interface to the new. If you still have trouble, please watch our video tutorial: Browsing Ensembl.

TIP: I want to use ExonView. Where is this now?

To view the full genomic sequences, exons and introns, go to any transcript. (Exons are transcript information. To see the exons page, go to a transcript tab, not the gene tab.) Click on the ‘Exons‘ link under ‘Sequence’ at the left of any transcript page.

To show the full introns, click on ‘Configure this page‘ at the left. Select ‘Show full intronic sequence’. Click ‘Save and Close’ at the top right corner of the menu window.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Email us.

For April we have the following Ensembl events:

31 March – 1 April : Browser workshop at the IGC, Oeiras, Portugal
2-3 April: Ensembl Developers workshop at the IGC, Oeiras, Portugal
16 April: Demo for the National Genetics Reference Lab, Manchester, UK
17 April: Browser workshop at Imperial College, London, UK
22 April: Browser workshop at Imperial College, London, UK *postponed to 8 May*
27-29 April: Ensembl module in the EBI roadshow at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
27-29 April: BioMart module in the EBI hands-on training Programmatic Access to Biological Databases (Java), Hinxton, UK
29 April – 1 May: Ensembl Developers workshop at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

For details about these and other upcoming events, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.

In March, explore Ensembl in the following events:

1-3: Presentation at the EURATools Annual meeting in Barcelona
5,6: Browser workshop at the Department of Genetics in Cambridge, UK
10: Browser workshop in Leuven, Belgium
13: Browser workshop at the Faculty of Science, Montevideo, Uruguay
16-19: Ensembl Module in the Open Door Workshop, Montevideo, Uruguay
19: Demo at the Bioinformatics Course, National Genetics Reference Lab, Manchester, UK
20: Browser workshop at the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin, Germany
31: Browser workshop at King’s College, London, UK
31 March, 1 April : Demo and Browser Workshop at the IGC Oeiras, Portugal
2,3 April: Ensembl API workshop at the IGC, Oeiras, Portugal

Check out microorganisms at Ensembl genomes featured in the EBI ‘Sequence to Genes‘ Workshop, EBI, Hinxton, UK

For details about these and other upcoming workshops, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.

In February we will have the following Ensembl workshops:

10 Feb: Browser workshop at the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright
11 Feb: Browser workshop at the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Prague, Czech Republic
12 Feb: Developers workshop at the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Prague, Czech Republic
23 Feb: Ensembl module in the EBI Roadshow at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics in Nicosia, Cyprus
24-25 Feb: Developers workshop at the e-Science Centre in Edinburgh
26 Feb: Browser workshop at the Institute for Animal Health in Compton

For details about these and other upcoming workshops, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from Ensembl!

The new year will start with some workshops given by our Outreach team on how to use our new interface (and the data behind the scenes!). We hope you have had time to explore and learn the layout! Remember to send any questions to our helpdesk.

Upcoming workshops in January, 2009:

11 Jan Ensembl Demo at the PAG XVII conference, San Diego, CA, USA
13-14 Ensembl 2-day browser workshop at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
15-16 Modules in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow, UCLA, USA
19-20 Modules in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow, City of Hope, USA
22-23 Modules in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow, UCSF, USA
24 Browser course in the Computational Biology Workshop, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
26 Browser course in the 9th BioSapiens European School of Bioinformatics, Brussels, Belgium

That’s all for now!

There are still a few more Ensembl training events before the end of the year.

Browser workshops:

UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico (1-2 Dec)
UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico (5 Dec) (+ departmental seminar 4 Dec)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (19 Dec)

Developers workshop:

University of Cambridge, UK (1-3 Dec)

In addition, Ensembl will feature as part of the following courses:

Wellcome Trust Open Door Workshop ‘Working with the Human Genome Sequence’ (1-2 Dec, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK) and Genes en evolución, ecologia e conservación (8-9 Dec, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico)

For details of these workshops, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.