15 - 17 May 2023
Application deadline:
11 May 2023
Cancellation deadline:
01 May 2023
Geert van Geest
Omics data analysis
Academic: 300 CHF
For-profit: 1500 CHF
0.75 ECTS credits

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Next course(s):
22 - 24 Nov 2023 Bern
15 - 17 Apr 2024 Streamed
20 - 22 Nov 2024 Bern


Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods have had a large impact on many biological fields due to a very rapid decrease in cost and throughput. It often results in hundreds of gigabytes of data. This can make the downstream analysis challenging and requires bioinformatics skills.

In this module, we will introduce the most used sequencing technologies and explain their concepts. Using different datasets, we will practice quality control, alignment of reads to a reference genome and visualize the output.

The course materials can be found in the dedicated GitHub page.


This course is intended for life scientists who are already dealing with NGS data and would like to be able to start analysing them.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • understand the basics of the different NGS technologies
  • perform quality control for better downstream analysis
  • align reads to a reference genome
  • visualize the output.


Knowledge / competencies:

Participants should have a basic understanding of working with the command line on UNIX-based systems like Linux or Mac. If you do not feel comfortable with UNIX commands, please take our UNIX fundamentals e-learning module or attend one of the "First Steps with UNIX in Life Sciences".


Participants should bring their own computers. Software requirements will be communicated before the course.


Registration fees for academics are 300 CHF and 1500 CHF for for-profit companies. While participants are registered on a first come, first served basis, exceptions may be made to ensure diversity and equity, which may increase the time before your registration is confirmed.

Applications will close as soon as the places will be filled up. Deadline for free-of-charge cancellation is set to 01/05/2023. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

Location & Time

This course will take place at the University of Bern.

This course will start at 9:15 and end around 17:15 CEST. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Diana Marek, SIB Training group.

We will recommend 0.75 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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