07 May 2019
Cancellation deadline:
18 April 2019
Caterina Barillari, Henry Luetcke
Academic: 60 CHF
For-profit: 300 CHF
0.25 ECTS credits

No future instance of this course is planned yet


openBIS is a combined data management platform, Electronic Laboratory Notebook, and Inventory Management System. openBIS supports scientists meet requirements from funding agencies, journals, and academic institutions to publish data according to the FAIR data principles. Scientists can use openBIS to document their daily experimental or computational work, store any related experimental raw and derived data, and link everything to materials, samples and protocols stored in the lab inventory. The system ensures safe data storage and provenance tracking.

openBIS is open-source software distributed under the Apache v2.0 licence, developed by ETH Zurich Scientific IT Services (ETH SIS). Via the swissuniversities funded openRDM.swiss project, ETH SIS provides a data management service to the entire Swiss scientific community based on openBIS, either as a cloud-hosted version on SWITCHEngines or as a self-hosted version on local infrastructure.


This course is addressed to PhD and master students, post-docs and staff scientists working in experimental labs.

Learning objectives

In this course we will provide a general overview of openBIS followed by a practical training session.

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • be able to customise openBIS to their needs
  • understand and be able to create openBIS types
  • create an inventory of materials
  • register laboratory protocols
  • register an experiment and upload data
  • analyse data stored in openBIS with Jupyter & MATLAB


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed for beginners and does not require any previous knowledge.


You are required to bring your own laptop with an internet connection. A test openBIS server will be made available to participants on the day. Test cases will be provided by the instructors, however you are welcome to bring your own data for testing.


The course is now full, with a waiting list.

The registration fees for academics are 60 CHF. This includes course content material and coffee breaks. Participants from non-academic institutions should contact us before application.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set is set to 23/04/2019. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and Time

University of Lausanne, Amphipôle building, classroom 315.1 (Metro M1 line, Sorge station).

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Grégoire Rossier

You are welcome to register to the SIB courses mailing list to be informed of all future courses and workshops, as well as all important deadlines using the form here.

For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.