20th Bologna Winter School
Data Science for 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 20th 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).


Salvador Capella

Salvador Capella web mail
Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ES

Montserrat Corominas

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

Piero Fariselli

Piero Fariselli web mail
Department of Medical Sciences, University of Torino, IT

Edgardo Ferran

Edgardo Ferran web mail
Industry Programme office, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

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

Graziano Pesole

Graziano Pesole web mail
Institute of Biomembranes, Bioenergetics and Molecular Biotechnologies, National Research Council, Bari, IT

Martin Schaefer

Martin Schaefer web mail
European Institute of Oncology, Milan, IT

Davide Salomoni

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

Mauno Vihinen

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


Data Science for Bioinformatics
February 18-22, 2019
Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna

Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna, via Zamboni 31, Bologna (Monday and Friday morning)

February 18
Transcriptomics and Interactomics
Roderic Guigò, Montserrat Corominas
Morning session will be held at Accademia delle Scienze, starting at 10

February 19
Infrastructures for Bioinformatics
Graziano Pesole, Davide Salomoni

February 20
Data science for dissecting the complexity of gene and protein functions
David Jones, Martin Schaefer

February 21
Genomics: interpreting the effect of variations and translating knowledge into industrial applications
Edgardo Ferran, Mauno Vihinen

February 22
Algorithms and tools for Bioinformatics
Anders Krogh, Salvador Capella, Piero Fariselli
Morning session will be held at Accademia delle Scienze, starting at 10

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 40 students
For Application send a short C.V. to
You will be notified by e-mail of acceptance

Deadline for application: February 14, 2018

SCHOOL FEES: 500 EURO that covers material, courses, lunches, coffee breaks

School on Data Science for 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


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, Castrense Savojardo, Giacomo Tartari
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