The workshop “Introduction to Bioinformatics” took place in Kiev, Ukraine from 3rd to 7th June 2019. The workshop was conducted by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) and implemented in partnership with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). Eight participants from two Ukrainian research institutes - State Scientific Research Institute of Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary and Sanitary Expertise and State Scientific Control Institute of Biotechnology and Strains - joined the workshop.
During the workshop, the participants learned basic principles of bioinformatics covering (1) genome assembling and mapping, (2) sequence alignments, (3) basics of molecular epidemiology (phylogenetic analysis), and (4) variant calling. Lectures were supported by hands-on trainings applying the introduced methods using Galaxy (https://usegalaxy.org/), an open source, web-based platform for biomedical research.