Online Course – 5th Edition
Introduction to Python for Biology
September 14th-October 12th, 2023
Python is a user-friendly and powerful programming language commonly used in scientific computing, from simple scripting to large projects. This workshop will provide hands-on practice in a biological context for beginners, with very limited prior programming experience. This course is designed to be very applied, and we will explore Python tools of immediate help to the working scientist.
After completing this course, participants will be able to apply Python programming automation to their own research problems and should be equipped to continue their own Python learning. While this course will focus on data analysis using Python, participants will gain language-agnostic principles of programming, like automation with loops and encapsulation with functions, that will serve as best practices for their scientific computing.
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Introduction to Python
Variables and Assignment
Looping and Repeating Actions
Lists and Dictionaries
Reading Text from a File
Working with Files in Pandas
File Contents and Manipulation
Plotting in Python
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Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life Sciences and basic knowledge of Statistics. While some Python knowledge is useful, the course will cover basic Python skills necessary to input, clean, and explore data.
All participants must use their own computer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux), with access to a good internet connection.
The University of Texas at Austin
United States of America
Dr. Jo Villa
KOTAI Biotechnologies, Inc.
Introduction to Python for Biology (online) – 3rd edition.
“Keep up the teaching Nichole, you did a great job! Your motivation and engagement is definitely a reason why people could stay focused on work enthusiastically over 5 days, 6h per week. Also Haris, great job in doing a flawless organisation!”
Introduction to Python for Biology (online) – 2nd edition.
“Thank you a lot for your course. Whole week was very intensive and I am really happy that I was a part of this great group of people. In the past, I have already visited some programming courses and I can try to compare it a little bit 🙂 I have to say that (I am not magnifying it :-)), that this is the best course for Python programming which I have already visited. It was great and thank you a lot once again for this great experience (experiences) and education.”
September 14th-October 12th, 2023
13:00-16:30 (Madrid time zone)
Weekly online live sessions on Thursdays:
14, 21, 28 September
5, 12 October
Total course hours: 35
17.5 hours of online live lessons, plus 17.5 hours of pre-recorded classes and supervised assignments.
This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.
The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.
This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom, pre-recorded lectures, and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.
Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.
Places are limited to 18 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.
Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end.
We offer discounts on the Course Fee.
Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.
We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.
5% Discount - Former participants
Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.
20% Discount - Ambassador Institutions
20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
40% Discount - Scientists based in Spain without funding
Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.