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Python for Biosciences

Python for Biosciences
Date: 03.12.2018 9:00 - 04.12.2018 17:00
Location details: The event is organised at the CSC Training Facilities located in the premises of CSC at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland. The best way to reach us is by public transportation; more detailed travel tips are available.
Language: english-language
lecturers: Janne Ravantti Jussi Enkovaara
  • 120 for-finnish-academics
  • 560 for-others
The fee covers all materials, lunches as well as morning and afternoon coffees.
The seats are filled in the registration order. If a cancellation is received five (5) business days prior to the course, the course fee will be refunded with the exception of a handling fee of 10 €. For no-shows and cancellations after the cut of date no refunds will be made. Registration can be transferred to someone else from the same organization without additional charge.

Payment can be made with electronic invoicing, credit card, or direct bank transfer. Note that for electronic invoicing you need the operator and e-invoicing address (OVT code) of your organization. Please also note that invoice reference is needed for electronic invoicing in your organization, so please have this available when registering.
Additional Information

Python is a popular scripting language that is widely used in scientific computing and data analysis. This course is intended for bioscientists who would like to start using Python programming in their research.

The first day of the course starts from beginner level and provides basic overview to python. The content is essentially the same that is covered in the first day of the CSC course Introduction to Python.

The second day focuses on examples that introduce  some of the python tool libraries frequently used in biosciences ( for example  Biopython ).

After the course, the students are familiar with the basic features of python language and are able to write simple python scripts and do simple modifications to existing python programs. They also know how tool libraries can be implemented in python programming.



Monday 3.12.
Lecturer: Jussi Enkovaara


  • Introduction to Python
  • Control structures
  • Functions

12:00 Lunch


  • File I/O and String processing
  • Modules
  • Functions

17:00 End of day 1

Tuesday 4.12.
Lecturer: Janne Ravantti

9:00 Examples of applying python in biosciences

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Using python at CSC servers ( Kimmo Mattila)

13:15 Python lectures and exercises continued

17:00 End of day 2

Course materials