Bioinformatics Spring School 2020

Bioinformatics Spring School 2020 is a week long training event for researchers, supported by NeSI and Genomics Aotearoa.

We will combine talks from researchers and hands on computational workshops (influenced by The Carpentries), covering example workflows of DNA variant calling, genotyping by sequencing (GBS), RNAseq analysis, and environmental DNA (eDNA).

This event is organised by Murray Cadzow, Ngoni Faya and Ludovic Dutoit.

When and where?

  • 9:30 - 16:30, 23 November - 27 November 2020
  • Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

This is an in-person event.


This event will only cost your time (there isn’t a $ charge).

Is this for me?

This event is designed to give researchers (including students - 4th year and above) the opportunity to learn about and practice some bioinformatic skills. We’ll be covering bioinformatic workflows such as:

  • DNA variant calling from next generation sequence data
  • Genotype-by-Sequencing analysis (i.e. RAD-Sequencing)
  • RNA-sequencing differential expression analysis
  • Environmental DNA analysis

along with computational topics such as:

  • Introduction to the Unix commandline (Bash)
  • Introduction to R
  • Introduction to working in a high performance computing environment (provided by NeSI)
  • Introduction to version control using git

This week long event is designed to be an immersive experience so we ask that you commit to the entire week. We have chosen to interleave the computational topics throughout the week so that we can build on them throughout the entire week, so this ensures participants have the key knowledge at the right time.

The underlying workshop content is extremely similar to previous workshops run by Genomics Aotearoa so if you’ve already attended the Genomic Data Carpentry and RNAseq workshops you will have already covered the majority of the content.

To view the full curriculum and apply to attend, visit the event website.

More information

Applications close 5pm 27 October NZT. Successful applicants will be notified by the 30 October.

Any queries please email

Event Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 09:30 to Friday, November 27, 2020 - 16:30