15 May 2024
Application deadline:
09 May 2024
Cancellation deadline:
09 May 2024
Frédérique Lisacek, Catherine Hayes
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No future instance of this course is planned yet


The next frontier in understanding protein function is deciphering the “PTM code”. Glycosylation as the most variable posttranslational modification complicates the picture with its own challenging glycocode borne by eukaryotic surface glycoconjugates or microbial membrane polysaccharides. The ability of lectins to non-covalently bind glycans makes these proteins the key readers of information encoded by glycans. The roles of glycans and glycoconjugates are manifold and revealed in various medical, biochemical and biotechnological applications. Glycoinformatics provides useful means to browse, search, analyse and visualise information relative to the molecular entities involved in glycosylation. A selection of relevant resources will be presented during the course with a broad variety of use cases, ordered in levels of difficulty.


This course is intended for life scientists (students, postdocs, researchers) with minimal knowledge of proteins as well as glycobiologists

Learning outcomes

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

  • Have raised their awareness of the range and purposes of glycoinformatics resources
  • Manage navigation in specialised glycoinformatics resources
  • Have grasped the specificity of glycan-mediated protein-protein interactions
  • (for advanced users only) Manage SPARQL queries for fine detail information extraction


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed as a progression in acquiring skills in glycoinformatics starting with beginner level (Tutorial 1 to 3) and gradually accommodating advanced users (Tutorial 4 and 5). It can be joined at any stage.

Schedule - CET time zone

Time Topic
9:00-9:45 Lecture: general introduction in glycoinformatics
9:50-11:00 Tutorial 1: from experimental (mass spectrometry) data to interpreted glycomes (GlycoPOST, GlyTouCan, GlyConnect, Compozitor)
11:15-12:30 Tutorial 2: Exploring glycome and glycoproteome data in GlyConnect
13:15-14:30 Tutorial 3: Exploring lectome profiles in UniLectin
14:40-16:00 Tutorial 4: A unified view from GlyConnect to UniLectin and back, via glycan epitopes
16:10-17:00 Tutorial 5: Advanced queries with SPARQLSweets


This course is full with a long waiting list and application is closed.

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Venue and Time

This course will be streamed.

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

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