Introduction to Viral Bioinformatics


Viruses infect all life forms, including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and archaea. They are the most abundant type of biological entity and are found in almost every ecosystem on Earth. This 1-day course gives a comprehensive introduction to bioinformatic resources relevant to viruses, the basics of viral ‘omics (genomics, proteomics, metagenomics, and interactomics) data analysis, and problems faced when analysing viral data.


This course is intended for bioinformaticians, scientists and clinicians, from academia or industry, who are interested in handling viral data.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:
* List bioinformatic resources relevant to viruses
* Describe the type of information that the resources provide
* Explain the analyses that can be performed using this information
* Understand the structure of the data and eventual pitfalls in its analysis


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed for beginners. Basic knowledge of ‘omics data is required.


This course will be streamed; you are thus required to have your own computer with an Internet connection.


The registration fees for academics are 100 CHF and 500 CHF for for-profit companies.

While participants are registered on a first come, first served basis, exceptions may be made to ensure diversity and equity, which may increase the time before your registration is confirmed. You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

Applications close on 16/01/2024. Deadline for free-of-charge cancellation is set to 16/01/2024. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

Venue and Time

This course will be streamed using Zoom.

It will start at 9:00 CET and end around 17:00 CET.

Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn, SIB Training group.

We will recommend 0.25 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

SIB abides by the ELIXIR Code of Conduct. Participants of SIB courses are also required to abide by the same code.

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Keywords: genes and genomes, infectious disease, medicine and health, services and resources, training

Authors: Philippe Le Mercier, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

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