Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Online Python course for PhD and Postdocs

Date: 18 March 2021 - 01 April 2021
Location: Online

After a successful online course in the summer, a second edition of the Python course will be given early 2021.

First target groupPhD candidates and postdocs registered with the graduate school EPS
Second target groupOther PhD candidates, postdocs; MSc students affiliated with EPS groups
(registration opens on 1. February 2021)
Prior knowledgeAimed for people with no programming skills whatsoever
Intended credits0.9 ECTS
Amount of participants25
Course fee55 Euro including a snack/drink package
Course organisationThe Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)

This course is organized over three days. With the help of plenty hands-on exercises, you will get introduced into the different types of variables in Python, the peculiarities of Python and good programming habits. This course will provide you an ideal stepping stone for further developing programming skills in Python. Throughout the course we’ll stress the importance of ‘good programming practice’, such as clear variable names and adding comments to your code.


  • Learning the basics of Python programming: different variables, reading files, writing files, conditional statements.
  • Being able to write a basic Python script from scratch.


James Collier (VIB Bioinformatics Core) & Tuur Muyldermans (VIB Bioinformatics Core & ELIXIR Belgium)

Tuur Muyldermans is a bioinformatics trainer at the VIB Bioinformatics Core and ELIXIR Belgium.

James Collier is a professional software developer with >10 years of experience working on software ranging from tiny embedded devices through to high-performance and web applications. He completed his PhD at Monash University on Australia and now works on scientific software within the VIB Bioinformatics Core.

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