Fiches de cours 2017-2018


Python Bootcamp


Lecturer(s) :

Bois Justin
Saladi Shyam




Every year


Next time: July 9-13, 2018


An intensive, hands-on, pragmatic introduction to computer programming. Students learn basic concepts like data types, control structures, string processing, functions, input/output. They perform simulations, write scripts, and analyze and plot biological data. Python is the language of instruction.


Greetings students and postdoctoral fellows in the biological sciences!  Addressing the big questions in biology increasingly requires help from computers.  We are therefore excited to offer the fifth edition of our Caltech course for graduate students, BE/Bi/NB 203: Introduction to Programming for the Biological Sciences Bootcamp. The first at EPFL!

Our aim is to bring you up to speed with programming skills that you can immediately put to use in your research.  Because intensive, hands on training is a great way to learn practical skills efficiently, we are offering this course as a weeklong bootcamp this summer, starting on Monday, July 9, ending on Friday, July 13.  All you need to bring is yourself, your laptop, and a power supply.  A typical day in the bootcamp is as follows:

8-noon (with 15 minute break in the middle): Hands-on instruction

noon-1: Lunch with research talk from EPFL faculty highlighting use of computation in biology

1-6 (with a 15 minute break in the middle): Hands-on instruction followed by exercise session

You can check out the Caltech version of the bootcamp here:


This course is for biology students who want to use Python programming in their work.

Requirements: Students should bring their own laptop for Python installation.


Minimum 10 participants

Maximum 30 participants

REGISTRATIONS: Please do not register on IS-Academia, but by contacting directly, as the seating is limited and split between PhD students and Master/Bachelor-6 students.


Full attendance all week is required to be able to register for the course.


Python Bootcamp

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:



In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German