Bioinformatics, is an exciting, fast‑moving area analysing and simulating the structures and processes of biological systems. BioInfoSummer provides bioinformatics training to students, researchers and others working in related areas.

The 2015 event includes both specialist lectures and hands on introductory and advanced computer workshops.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Introduction to Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Epigenomics
  • Translational Genomics
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Systems Biology, Networks and Data Integration

Key dates: Registration

Earlybird extended:    1 November 2015 (NOW CLOSED)
Poster abstract submissions close:    6 November 2015
Registration closes:    27 November 2015

Key dates: Travel Grants

Applications open:    20 August 2015
Applications close:   16 October 2015


National & international speakers will be speaking at this year’s BioInfoSummer.

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Build your networks and share your work with other researchers from around the country.

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Travel Grants

Students living outside Sydney could be eligible for up to $500 in travel support.

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  • Bioinformatics is an exciting, fascinating and high-paced field that has real potential to make a difference to people.

    Dr Alicia OshlackHead of Bioinformatics, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • I attended BioInfoSummer in order to take steps towards becoming a bioinformatician which I felt was quite ambitious for a molecular biologist who spends 100% of her time in the lab. The first few talks were fantastic because I felt they eased everyone - statisticians, mathematicians and biologists alike into the world of bioinformatics. The environment provided by BioInfoSummer made me feel as if by the end of the week I'd met almost everyone at the workshop. I was excited to meet and network with PhD students, research assistants, technicians and post docs from all over Australia.

    Pamela AjuyahUniversity of Technology Sydney
  • Perhaps the most invaluable facet of BioInfoSummer was making lasting connections with other postgraduate students. I met students from other states and institutions and even students from my own city who otherwise I would not have met, and have kept in contact following BioInfoSummer. The AMSI student travel awards available to attend BioInfoSummer meant more students had the opportunity to travel nationally and attend. I am grateful to have received one such award and remain in contact with four other award-winners.

    Shila GhazanfarUniversity of Sydney
  • When I registered for the BioInfoSummer I expected a lot of bioinformaticians to come but instead it turned out to be diverse group of people including researchers from the biological and also mathematical field. The level of knowledge was very different which posed a challenge in the communication but I enjoyed hearing about projects in totally different fields and it let me think about my own presentation of my research. As a PhD student in the quickly growing field of bioinformatics it is important to stay on top of many fields and BioInfoSummer was a great platform for this. The AMSI Intern presentations were very informative and definitely encouraged me to apply for this program. This is a great opportunity for PhD students to experience the world outside of academia.

    Westa DomanovaUniversity of Sydney
  • The atmosphere at BioInfoSummer was great. To be surrounded by people working towards a shared goal reinforces my passion for science. And, as a researcher, it is great to bounce ideas off others trying to bridge the same gap: incorporating informatics into biology.

    Ellen FortiniHarry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • In my opinion, BioInfoSummer 2013 was the most successful, not just in the large numbers that came along, but in the reach to different fields of science. It wasn’t just the mathematically-inclined people from universities and research institutes who came along, but others from health, agriculture and other bio-fields”

    Professor Terry SpeedWEHI
  • The merging of statistics, biology and medicine is the way forward. The way to, hopefully, discover new cures and prevent diseases.

    Dr Ville-Petteri MäkinenSouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • One of the most useful conferences I’ve been to in a long time. Perfect for what I need.

    Patrick Laffy
  • The thing that I enjoyed most was the opportunity to talk to researchers in different fields and improve my knowledge.

    Hamdan AwanThe University of New South Wales
  • It was a steep learning experience for me about bioinformatics methods and some of the underlying biology - I learned a lot about next generation sequencing and differential expression. I also found the practical sessions very useful.

    Sinead English
  • At BioInfoSummer I was able to refresh my knowledge from studies in biochemistry and molecular biology. It also gave me the opportunity to see greater connections both within these fields, and with subsequent other areas of study.

    Timothy KellyLa Trobe University
  • The fact that I was able to gain knowledge in the different fields and methods in bioinformatics within 5 days and meet people from different backgrounds providing an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding not only from my field of study but from others as well.

    David ChisangaLa Trobe University
  • BioInfoSummer gave me a great introduction to what the field of Bioinformatics provides, and the numerous opportunities that it offers. As an Undergraduate Student, I was able to talk to many experts, and PhD students to discover the specific niches in bioinformatics.

    Phillip LuongMonash University
  • Bioinformatics is such a broad topic... and it was amazing to hear from speakers that can make the difference for our generation!

    Heloisa MilioliUniversity of Newcastle
  • The best thing about BioInfoSummer was getting an introduction to some new mathematical and biological concepts and frameworks. Also finding out about recent research and advances (using bioinformatics) in fields such as cancer

    Mark BekThe University of Melbourne


BioInfoSummer is funded jointly by the Department of Education and Training and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, with support from EMBL Australia, Bioplatforms Australia, ABACBS and DNAnexus.

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