Functional Genomics Summer School,
Cambridge, – 21st-23rd & 26th-27th July 2021

Each year, CRUK Cambridge Centre generously funds one or more Schools.
These are open (and free of charge) to CRUK-Funded Students & researchers. They are intensive (usually a week long) workshops. Places must be applied for and applications will be judged by scoring of pre-requisite skills and career stage (Please read the Notes to Applicants below).
To apply for a place follow this link: (Now Closed)

This year we shall again be running our extremely popular Functional Genomics Summer School. Summer School normally takes place on the Downing Site in Cambridge however given the pandemic the 2020 Summer School was a virtual one delivered by Zoom and the current intent is that this will also hold true the 2021 School.

Topics covered frequently include Experimental Design, NGS data formats, read alignment, Bulk RNAseq analysis, Single Cell RNAseq analysis and ChIPseq analysis (Please note this is a preliminary programme and changes are possible).

This is a very challenging event to take part in, however we work hard & play hard as well. We arrange social events to allow you to meet and network with your fellow students. Events usually include a Pub meet & greet event on the Sunday before the course, a Punting session on the Cam and the School Dinner at Downing College with a after-dinner talk .
The 2020 Virtual School had a Zoom pub quiz, a set of virtual tours of Cambridge including Punting and a talk on AI & Bioinformatics.
We also set up an e-mail list for students to keep in contact with each other post-event.

About 3/4 of the places go to external (non-Cambridge) applicants. 

Applications for 2021 are closed as of 30th April

After processing (1st week of May), initial allocation letters will be sent out (and a clearing process will be run for any places that become free).
Due to the pandemic situation this event will be online-only.

Notes to Applicants::

  1. The courses have following pre-requisites: Familiarity with command-line environments e.g. Unix/Linux, Use of the R Statistical language and Studio, Statistics (Relating to experimental design and distributions). These will form part of the scoring metric of your application. Please answer as honestly as possible – if you do not have the requested skill a) you will almost certainly reduce the workshops benefit to you and b) deprive someone else of a place.
    We barely have time to cover the training materials and therefore cannot take time to teach people the pre-requisite skills at the the workshop. This would be unfair to everyone – the trainers, the other students and to the person having to catch up.
  2. We also consider your career stage and favour early-career researchers (whom we believe benefit most) but we do (and have) take others on their merit and need.
  3. The final question is a prepared statement of why you would benefit from attending the Summer School and is also a scored aspect.

    Mark Fernandes CRUK-CC Bioinformatics Training Developer