Advanced Bioinformatics Annual Training Workshop, 2013 - Call for Applications

BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU) in Nairobi, Kenya October 7th - 18th, 2013

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 its capacity building programme, the BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU), Sweden, will hold a training workshop on Advanced Bioinformatics from 7th – 18th October 2013. 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 eastern and central Africa who require advanced skills in Bioinformatics to support their research. We will select 25 graduate students and early career researchers, based on evidence of productive research and relevance of training to current research and who are engaged in agricultural research within a national research institute or university. 

Selected participants will attend an intensive 10-day workshop at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The program includes comprehensive lectures and hands-on training sessions in Next generation sequencing technologies and it's applications to infectious diseases, metagenomics and microbiome analysis–tools and computational approaches to studying viral genomes.

A team of creditable facilitators from the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU), Sweden; South African Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), South Africa; Université d'Aix-Marseille (AMU), France; the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK; the Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland; Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Kenya; Inqaba Biotechnical Industries Ltd, South Africa; and BecA-ILRI Hub (Kenya) will conduct the training sessions.

Applicant requirements

  • A national of one of the BecA countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda..
  • Affiliated with a national research program or university in the East African BecA region
  • Currently engaged in biosciences research
  • BSc, MSc or PhD in biological sciences
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Online application form completed by 22nd September 2013: 

 Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications received after the 22nd September 2013 deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by 30th September 2013. The workshop organizers will cater for travel and accommodation costs. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided during the workshop.

The workshop is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through a partnership between Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the BecA-ILRI Hub; the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA); the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF); the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Thank you for considering this opportunity and we look forward to hearing from you.


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  • Guest (Musanayire Vestine)


    How can I find the application form for this workshop? I'm interested

    Comment last edited on about 8 years ago by Ethel Makila, Communications Officer
  • Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Bioinformatics workshop, Musanayire. The online application form can be found at this link:

  • Guest (Michael)

    Very good initiative.....

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