Introduction to Python Programming

Malvika Sharan   2017-07-24   Comments Off on Introduction to Python Programming

Date(s) - 2017-07-24 - 2017-07-26
09:30 CEST - 17:00 CEST

About the course

Python has grown in the last ten years to become one of the most widely-used programming languages in biology. This increasing popularity reflects how easy Python is to learn compared with other languages, and how adaptable it is to a wide variety of different tasks. Simultaneously, the rise of data-driven approaches to science means that programming skills are becoming more and more important for biologists.

Course content

  • The basic concepts and building blocks of programming in Python
  • Automating repetitive tasks and calculations
  • Handling different types of data using the concept of Data Structure
  • Reading and handling data from a file
  • Introduction to Python modules
  • Introduction to the regular expression
  • An optional half-day supervised practice session will be offered for the participants to work on their dataset or specific problems

After attending the course, you will have a good understanding of the core themes of programming, and be able to write your own Python programs, to automate repetitive analysis tasks.

Learning goals

This course aims to teach basic programming skills to the life scientists who wish to carry out repeated tasks to deal with biological data. The goal of the course is to enable them to use Python scripting to automate their tasks and carry out analysis of their data reproducibly.


We do not expect the participants to have any prior knowledge of scripting. This is a course for the researchers who wish to automate their tasks such as dealing with a large number of files to carry out identical or similar analysis using Python programming language.
Note: The computers will be available at the workshop venue but participants can bring their own laptop with the Anaconda Python Distribution (version 3.5) installed.

Course Fee

90 Euros


Please register for the course here.

About Malvika Sharan

I am a Community Outreach Coordinator for Bio-IT and Training Coordinator for ELIXIR Germany. Find me at EMBL-HD office 101 or at Bio-IT drop-in Sessions on Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 at the EMBL staff lounge. Contact Details: email -, Twitter -, GitHub -