2015 Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology

Queensland Bioscience Precinct
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

6-10 July 2015


Mathematical, statistical and computational techniques are increasingly being applied to discover, analyse and simulate the structures and processes of biological systems. Gene regulation, protein folding and localisation, macromolecular assembly, tissue and organ development, organismal behaviour and ecosystem dynamics are among the important processes susceptible to mathematical description, modelling and simulation. A broad interface exists between computational bioscience and bioinformatics, the development and application of algorithms, software tools, databases and technologies to manage and extract knowledge from biological data.

The series of winter schools is designed to introduce bioinformatics, mathematical and computational biology to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and others working in the fields of biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, information technology, complex systems analysis, and chemical and medical sciences and engineering.

Winter School is structured to present one important topic each day. Each day will consist of a mixture of extended lectures, software demos, and interactive discussions. Our lecturers, many of whom are leading national and international authorities, have been selected for their ability to make their topic accessible to and exciting for a non-specialist audience. Presentations each day will range from introductory to advanced, and will focus on both mathematical and biological issues.

This year Winter School also features a Software Carpentry Bootcamp hosted by Brisbane Software Carpentry. The bootcamp will run on Thursday and Friday (2 – 3 July 2015) independently before the Winter School at St Leo’s College, College Road, St Lucia. Topics covered will include the Unix shell, Python programming, Git version control and data management with SQL. More information and registration can be found here.

**The Bootcamp has now reached its full capacity. If you wish to put your name on the waiting list, please email b.weaver@uq.edu.au or m.stantoncook@gmail.com.**

Also, a special Genomic Virtual Laboratory training workshop will be run during the Winter School in the afternoon of Wednesday 8 July 2015. The workshop is intended for bench scientists, and no previous informatics experience is needed. This workshop is free to those registrants who registered to attend full 5-day of the Winter School and is limited to 36 places only. Please go to the “Registration” for more information on how to register for this workshop.

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Feedback from previous Winter School attendees:

“Great networking opportunities.”

“Fantastic speakers.”

“Very well organised.”

“I got heaps out of the week. Very worthwhile for my research.”

“The speakers are fantastic, a logical sequence of ideas were presented through. I am really excited for my future in bioinformatics.”

“It takes special talent to pull off a conference people actually enjoy attending and it was thanks to some of the more charismatic orators, that I was able to enjoy the Winter School so much.”

“I would strongly encourage all biologists even without any mathematical background to attend the Winter School of Mathematical and Computational Biology.”

“Gave me the confidence I need to talk to other people and bioinformaticians about the analysis of my NGS data. Thanks.”

“The discussion panels were very useful and a more relaxed format to discuss the topics.”

“Being a medical diagnostics background and relatively new to the area of NGS, I found the clinically focused talks the most useful particularly the currently used applications and their limitations.”

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