This course was a part of the on-site training program of European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and it took place at the EBI Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge from March 02 - 06, 2020. EBI has a dedicated training program aimed at postgraduates, professionals and scientists which invites applications from all around the world.
There were about 30 participants in the course, which included scientists, doctoral candidates, master students and professionals working with multi-omics data. It was quite an enriching experience to meet people from different research backgrounds and nationalities.
This introductory course familiarised us to the many challenges of integrating multi-omics data. Apart from lectures by EBI experts, there were several keynotes by guests from other institutions. Some of the topics highlighted were about data standards, curation, ID mapping, quality control for data integration, analysis and visualisation and best practices for working with multi-omics data. We also did a group project and presented it at the end of the course. During the poster sessions, there were ample opportunities for helpful discussions and networking. The part about statistical methods for data integration was really insightful. Overall, it was a great learning experience and shall help me in my future work with multi-omics data.
EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, Cambridge, photo: RTG 1743, Arunabh Sharma