19th Bologna Winter School

Big Data and Bioinformatics

Bologna - February 12-16, 2018

International Master in Bioinformatics and Interdepartmental Centre "Luigi Galvani" of the University of Bologna

with the support of:
Department of Phamacy and Biotechnology of the University of Bologna
the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SIB)

19th Bologna Winter School
Big Data and Bioinformatics

Technological advancements are promoting a shifting of paradigm in Life sciences: low cost and high-throughput data generation is leading Biology towards the Big Data era. The possibility of collecting voluminous datasets offers unprecedented opportunities to increase the basic biological knowledge and to maximize the impact on applied sciences, including Precision Medicine, Drug Design, and Biotechnology for new agricultural or industrial processes and products. This scenario raises new challenges for Bioinformatics: it is necessary to build new infrastructures and tools to store massive datasets, to make them accessible and interoperable. Moreover, new algorithms are required to analyze and integrate in a manageable time data from different sources, in order to extract biologically relevant information. In this context, unsupervised and supervised machine-learning paradigms, including Deep learning algorithms, are emerging as effective tools able to extract correlations and to recover information hidden in the mass of heterogeneous data.

The 19th edition of the Bologna Winter School will present the state-of-the-art of the available Bionformatics algorithms and Cloud-based strategies for collecting and storing and processing data out of large-scale experiments (including genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, microbiomics).


Patrizia Brigidi

Patrizia Brigidi web mail
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna, IT

Andrea Cavalli

Andrea Cavalli web mail
D3 Compunet, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, IT

Montserrat Corominas

Montserrat Corominas web mail
Department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, ES

Piero Fariselli

Piero Fariselli web mail
Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, IT

Roderic Guigo

Roderic Guigó web mail
Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme, Center for Genomic Regulation, ES

David Jones

David Jones web mail
Department of Computer Science, UCL and Francis Crick Institute, UK

Anders Krogh

Anders Krogh web mail
The Bioinformatics Centre, University of Copenhagen, DK

Pietro Liò

Pietro Liòweb mail
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

Sara Madeira

Sara Madeira web mail
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, PT

Davide Salomoni

Davide Salomoni web mail
CNAF, National Institute of Nuclear Physics, IT

Silvio Tosatto

Silvio Tosatto web mail
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, IT

Mauno Vihinen

Mauno Vihinen web mail
Dept of Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, SE


Big Data and Bioinformatics
February 12-16, 2018
Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna

February 12
Computational models for biological Big Data: Pietro Liò, Andrea Cavalli, Anders Krogh

February 13
Protein structure, function and variations: Mauno Vihinen, Piero Fariselli, Silvio Tosatto

February 14
Cloud computing and machine learning for biological Big Data: Davide Salomoni, David Jones

February 15
Metagenomics and strategies for high-dimensional data reduction: Patrizia Brigidi, Sara Madeira

February 16
Transcriptomics and Epigenomics: Montserrat Corominas and Roderic Guigò

Lectures will be given at Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna from 10.00 am to 1pm and from 3 to 5.30pm.

Lunches and coffees are included.


APPLICATION should be submitted by e-mail to:

Maximum number of participants is limited to 30 students
For Application send a short C.V. to
You will be notified by e-mail of acceptance

Deadline for application: February 7, 2018

SCHOOL FEES: 500 EURO that covers material, courses, lunches, coffee breaks
Special fee for SIB Members: 300 EUR

ACCOMODATION at the ERASMUS COLLEGE, in downtown Bologna:
180 EURO per person for a double room (6 nights)
270 EURO per person for a single room, if available (6 nights)
Dues will be payed upon acceptance with modalities to be specified

School on Big Data and Bioinformatics
c/o Prof. Rita Casadio
Department of Pharmacy and Biotecnology
Via Selmi, 3
40126 Bologna - ITALY

Organisation: AIRBBC
Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Biofisica e Biologia Computazionale


ERASMUS College: via de' Chiari, 8
Tel: +39 051 276711

How to get to the ERASMUS College
from the airpot: BUS BLQ (AEROBUS) from Airport to Central Station
from the station: BUS C from Central Station to Cartolerie or BUS #11 from Autostazione to Garganelli

Il Caffè della Corte: corte Isolani, 5B
Tel: +39 051 261555

How to get to Il Caffè della Corte:
From the train station take the public bus, #27 or #25, and get off at the first stop after the Due Torri. The entrance to Corte Isolani is located at #19 on Strada Maggiore.

From the Due Torri, the two towers at Piazza della Mercanzia, follow along Via Santo Stefano. The entrance to Corte Isolani is located at #18 along this street.

From the highway we recommend driving towards the center of Bologna and leaving the car in a parking area along the viali, which is the street that circles the perimeter of the historic downtown. Traffic is limited in the downtown area and allows only those vehicles with proper permits to drive inside the historic area.

Bus schedules can be obtained at the official TPER website.

People & Contacts


Scientific Committee: Rita Casadio, David T. Jones
Organising Committee: Pier Luigi Martelli, Giuseppe Profiti, Castrense Savojardo
Local Committee: G. Babbi, D. Baldazzi, S. Bovo, T. Tavella

Organising Secretary
AIRBBC: Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Biofisica e Biologia Computazionale
c/o Biocomputing Group - Dept. of Pharmacy and Biotecnology, University of Bologna
Via San Giacomo, 9/2
40126 Bologna - ITALY
tel: (+39) 051 2094005