Call for applications: A training course on advanced genomics and bioinformatics

Workshop dates: 7 – 18, September 2015
The BecA-ILRI Hub seeks to strengthen the capacity of the African scientific community, to conduct bioscience research and significantly contribute to improved agricultural products that can enhance livelihoods of farmers in the region. 

As part of this capacity building programme, the BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with SLU will hold a training workshop on Advanced Genomics and Bioinformatics commencing from 7th– 18th September 2015. The workshop aims to provide a learning forum for researchers in bioinformatics, computational biology as well as scientists utilizing computational methods in their research.

We are seeking applicants from East and Central Africa who require advanced skills in Bioinformatics to support their research. A total of 25 graduate students and early career researchers will be selected based on evidence of productive research and relevance of the training to their current research. Applicants who are currently engaged in agricultural research within a national research institute or a university are highly encouraged to apply.
Selected participants will attend an intensive 2 weeks training workshop at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The program includes comprehensive lectures and hands-on training sessions in Linux, Genomics and Next generation sequencing technologies, Genome and transcriptome assembly, Metagenome and metagenomic analysis tools and their applications to biological research.

A team of creditable facilitators from the SLU, New York University and BecA-ILRI Hub (Kenya) will conduct the training.

Applicant requirements
•    A national of one of the BecA countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
•    Affiliated with a national research program or university in the East African BecA region
•    Currently engaged in biosciences research
•    a minimum of MSc in biological sciences
•    Good working knowledge of written and spoken English
•    Online application form completed by 10th August 2015:

Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications received after deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by 14 August 2015.

The workshop concept note is attached.
Thank you for considering this opportunity and we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information about the BecA-ILRI Hub visit

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  • Dear Adil,
    The BecA-ILRI Hub is doing its best to support the African scientific community in achieving our common goal of food and nutritional security in Africa. We hope this dream soon comes true for all of us!

  • Guest (Hailay Gebremedhin)

    Dear organizer's of the workshop
    I'm Hailay from Ethiopia.
    Your announcement for the training workshop on Advanced Genomics and Bioinformatics very crucial impact on our research quality and practicality for young researchers in Ethiopia. Hence, please try to consider us in the training.

  • Dear Hailay,
    Thank you for your interest in the workshop. We do receive many applications from Ethiopia and have been fortunate to host a number of young Ethiopian researchers in the past.

  • Guest (Tadesse)

    In reply to: Ethel Makila, Communications Officer

    Dear organizers
    My name is Tadesse abate from Ethiopia.
    First of all i want to appreciate what ILRI is doing for the development of our continent. For this purpose this training is very essential to upgrade the knowledge of African bioscience researchers
    I am glad to attend this training

  • Guest (Kaggwa)

    How do I make sure if my application was received. It was sent ion saturday and please let me know if the system is up in weekend too.

  • Dear Kaggwa
    The system works even over the weekends therefore if you sent your application on Saturday then it is fine. Please send an email with your details directly to me. I will confirm and get back to you.

    Thank you.

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