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Monash University, Clayton Campus

Nov 21, 2016

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Steve Androulakis, Grischa Meyer, Jason Rigby

Helpers: Adele Barugahare, Kirill Tsyganov

Thank You and Congrats. All 40+ places have been filled within 24 hours. Feel free to add your name to the waitlist and you might get into the course when others cancel. All names on the waitlist will be notified about the next Python workshop before its publicly advertised.

Intro to Python

The Monash Bioinformatics Platform want to help make introductory bioinformatic approaches part of the research landscape in Biomedicine. To do this, a foundation level of expertise amongst as many researchers as possible is an important step forward. The Python programming language is versatile and popular in the bioinformatics community.

This workshop aims to equip participants with the fundamentals of programming and give them the skills needed to take bioinformatic approaches to research questions.

The workshop will be taught in a similar style to Software Carpentry workshops. Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: E365 Menzies Building, 20 Chancellor's Walk (lvl3 East wing). Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Setup Requirements: BYO Laptop. No software installation required.. tools will be provided on the day.

Contact: Please mail for more information.


10:00 Welcome and Setup
10:30 Intro to Python
12:00 Lunch Break
13:00 Intro to Python
14:30 Break
16:30 Wrap-up


  • Using libraries
  • Working with arrays
  • Reading and plotting data
  • Creating and using functions
  • Loops and conditionals
  • Defensive programming
  • Using Python from the command line
  • Reference...

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.