As every year, the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich organized a systems biology and bioinformatics spring school in Bertinoro in Italy. Financed by the RTG 1743 “Genes, Environment and Inflammation”, we (Wei-Hung Pan and Simon Graspeuntner) took part in this 5 days lasting course aiming to deepen our knowledge and gather ideas for future research as well as searching for collaborations.
The course was held by numerous experts from different countries, giving a comprehensive overview on the latest developments in the fields of bioinformatics and systems biology. It covered many main parts of bioinformatics studies such as text mining, network analysis, bacteria genome sequencing and protein-protein interaction etc. The lectures gave us a glance from practical methods over bioinformatics strategies and introduced some application fields. The excellent lectures not only brought us in operation level, but also took us up to philosophical question of the life sciences.
The course was surrounded by the nice landscape of Bertinoro. We had plenty of time for personal discussion between the doctoral researchers and the lecturers. Accompanied by the taste of good Italian wine and food, we exchanged our ideas and refreshed our mind.
We recommend this course to doctoral researchers and post-docs who work in the biological field. The aim of this spring school is to advice to solve problems by using bioinformatics tools but does not cover training of programming skills. We would like to thank the Research Training Group for the funding and thereby giving us the opportunity to participate in this valuable workshop.
Wei-Hung Pan and Simon Graspeuntner
Figure: View on Bertinoro with the old castle, the venue of the 14th Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Spring School. © Anna Zappe, Wien