Python for biologists - Basics

Date: November 13th 2019, 12.00-17.00 (first hour = installation and lunch), 17:00- 19:00 (individual assignments)

Description: The workshop 'Python for Biologists' is intended as a basic Python tutorial, not assuming any prior knowledge of the programming language. It is however useful and desired for participants to have had prior exposure to a different programming language (such as R, bash, Perl, etc.). During this half-day workshop we will cover the basic python syntax, starting with the basic objects such as strings, lists, dictionaries and arrays. During the workshop students will learn how to import packages into python, enabling a variety of third party functions, with a focus on common applications in biology (packages related to sequence data, and reading of data frames). There is potential for a follow up workshop at a later point, starting at a slightly more advanced level.

Course teachers: Tobias Andermann, Matthias Obst

Recommended background: No Python knowledge required, but previous exposure to other programming languages desired

Course level: PhD level (motivated Master's students welcome)

Food: Lunch will be provided for all course participants

Application: A short motivation (5 lines stating goals and expectations) should be submitted to latest by 28th October 2019.

Contact: Tobias Andermann (, Matthias Obst (


ForBio will cover travel and one night of accommodation for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions. Contact Hugo de Boer for more information.

Published Aug. 26, 2019 1:19 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2019 1:42 PM