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Practical Linux

Date:  t.b.d. probably in second half of January, LUMC, Leiden

Organizer: Mihai Lefter.
After completing this short, half day, course attendees will be able to swiftly start using Linux both on a server as well as on their personal computer.
There are no prerequisites, but the Linux course is mandatory for the courses: Shark, Code and data management with Git, Scripting for life science researcher, and Python programming.

For more information and pre-registration or pre-register directly via
If you pre-register you will be informed as soon as the new date is known and it gives you priority for this upcoming edition

Code management with Git
Date: 14 November, 11:00 - 17:00, Location: LUMC, J1-82, Building 1, Leiden

Organizer: Mihai Lefter
This course aims at everyone who works in the Bioinformatics field. We cover a version control system named Git. This system is widely used by software developers but can also be used for project management. By keeping track of all versions, history, etc. collaboration with colleagues is easy and your analysis will be reproducible. Knowledge of Linux is required to follow this course.
For more information and registration or register directly via the link

Protein aggregation disorders: from clinic to therapy

Date: 24-25 November, Location LUMC, J1-78 and J1-117

Organizers: Ronald Buijsen, Wim Mandemakers, Vered Raz, and Willeke van Roon-Mom

Provisional Program 2022

This course will discuss the main molecular mechanisms regulating protein homeostasis and protein folding with a focus a mechanistic foundation in protein aggregation disorders. We will focus on four selected diseases and will discuss genetic, clinic, and current knowledge of disease mechanisms and models for examples. The end point of this course will be development of novel therapeutic strategies to combat protein aggregation in pathological conditions.

The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes. Participants from outside these organizations pay 250 euro.
For registration follow this link.

 Python Programming

Date: 29 November - 2 December, LUMC

Organizer: Mihai Lefter

The course is targeted at PhD students, postdocs, or anyone willing to learn how to program in Python. Participants are assumed to have some experience with programming, but not necessarily in Python, and the UNIX shell. Knowledge of Git is required to attend this course.
There will be a focus on bioinformatics and programming to support scientific research in general. The program consists of four mornings with lessons and some assignments to be done in your own time (i.e., during the afternoons).
The course is free of charge for all personnel from MGC institutes. Participants from outside these institutes pay €400. There is a maximum of 20 places. Should the course be oversubscribed then places will be allocated based on a first-come first-serve basis. If there is sufficient interest, a next edition of this course will be given again around March 2023.

For more information or (pre-)register directly. 

Scripting for life science researchers

Date: 8 and 9 February, 2023, Location J1-82, LUMC

Organizer: Mihai Lefter

This course is designed for researchers, who frequently handle large datasets or large numbers of files (images, sequence reads, mass spectra etc.) and who need a more efficient way of working with such data. The goal of the course is to empower students and researchers with backgrounds in biology or biomedicine to navigate, manage and perform operations on files and data and metadata in tabular text formats. The data may be microscopy images, FASTA sequences, gene ontology files, chromatograms, mass spectra or tables with data on genes or proteins. The course is not a general introduction to programming and will not deal with XML data, Web services or more advanced topics. For the Scripting course it is required to have followed the Linux course first.

Course is free of costs for MGC members, for non-MGC members the course fee is 200 euro. In case of no show participants from the MGC associated institutes will be charged 50 euro, other participants have to pay the full price.

There is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 participants.

Registration via

Safely working in the Laboratory

This course is temporarily not offered face to face. You can request login details of the video recordings of the lectures of the course from 2020 at