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Hands-on workshop on
"Bioinformatics and genome annotation at Ensembl and REST Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)"
May 16-27, 2022

     Ensembl Genome Browser                     Nextgenhelper                     European Bioinformatics Institute

        https://www.ensembl.org           https://www.nextgenhelper.com                  https://www.ebi.ac.uk/

We are organising this workshop of high quality, for the participants interested in the genomics, bioinformatics, and genome annotations. In this workshop, different trainers from European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) will provide the hands-on training sessions of 'Ensembl Genome browser, and Ensembl REST Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)'. This workshop will cover the topics from basics to advanced techniques of genomics data handling. This workshop will be equally useful for the researchers working with any domain of life (e.g. microbes, animals, fungus, and plants). At the successful completion of this workshop, participants will be become expert of all the modules of Ensembl Genome browser, and Ensembl REST Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for their research.  


Who can participate: Students (B.Sc./B.Tech/M.Sc./M.Tech), Research Fellows, PhD Student, Faculty, Scientists, and Company Personals. 

Workshop Schedule

Date: May 16-27, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Indian Standard time)



Last date of registration: May 14, 2020

Registration Fee: Rs. 800/- Indian Participants, $20 (USD) for International Participants.



We will provide e-certificates to all the registered participants, duly signed by EMBL-EBI Project Leader and our CEO. 



  • The entire workshop will be online and interactive.

  • We will provide the link (e.g. Webex) to join the workshop two day before the event.

  • Participants do not need to install any software package/tool for this workshop. 

  • Workshop material will be available for the registered participants. 

  • All the training sessions will be delivered by EMBL-EBI project leader (resource person). 


  • Participants must have access to the laptop/desktop with a stable internet connection.

  • Basic knowledge of molecular biology/genetics.

  • Basic knowledge of R or Python (only for last day of workshop).

Help and Support


Pre-course survey (Please fill this form before registration)


Workshop Material

Ensembl Browser: http://training.ensembl.org/events/2022/2022-05-16-Nextgenhelper_Browser_May_106
Ensembl REST API: http://training.ensembl.org/events/2022/2022-05-23-NextGenHelper_REST_May_106

Day 1, May 16, 2022

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Introduction to Ensembl and browsing regions with exercises 


Day 2, May 17, 2022

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Ensembl Gene and Transcript annotation

Day 3, May 18, 2022

06:30 - 8:00 PM: Variation data in Ensembl and exercises

Day 4, May 19, 2020

06:30 - 8:00 PM: Comparative genomics data in Ensembl and exercises

Day 5, May 20, 2020

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Exploring Regulatory Data

Day 6, May 21, 2020

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Basics to advanced learning of Python.

  • Introduction to Python and code editors

  • Basic programming concepts

  • Conditionals and loops

  • Introduction to BioPython

  • Useful modules and operations for biologists

May 22, 2020: No live session, you have to practice python for Biomart

Day 7, May 23, 2022

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Learning BioMart

Day 8, May 24, 2022

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Introduction to the Ensembl REST API

Day 9, May 25, 2022

06:30 - 8:00 PM: Accessing GET queries with the Ensembl REST API

Day 10, May 26, 2020

06:30 - 8:00 PM: Decoding json and chaining REST queries together

Day 11, May 27, 2020

06:30 - 08:00 PM: Accessing POST queries with the Ensembl REST API

Resource persons (trainers) of the Workshop
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Dr. Aleena Mushtaq

Ensembl Outreach Officer -

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI),

Wellcome Genome Campus

Hinxton, CambridgeUK 


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Dr. Louisse Mirabueno

Ensembl Outreach Officer -

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK 


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Dr. Benjamin Moore

Ensembl Outreach Project Manager - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Wellcome Genome CampusUK 


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Dr. Manish Datt

Bioinformatics Researcher and Educator, New Delhi



EMBL-Nextgenhelper workshop Registration & Payment

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