E-science: New information technologies for research with Big Data (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course E-science: new information technologies for research with Big Data.

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Information technology has become an essential ingredient of biomedical sciences. The aim of this course is to bring attention to new approaches that can be used for handling large-scale data in biomedical research, including processing, data management and collaboration. At the end of the course, the participant will (1) be familiar with new concepts and state-of-the-art, (2) understand how these new approaches relate to his/her own research, and (3) be able to apply some of these technologies and tools in practice.


    The course is composed of 5 sessions in one week, including presentations by lecturers, invited speakers and students; hands-on exercises; and group discussions.

    More information on: AMC e-Science (teaching)

      Scheduled dates:

      • October 10, 11, 14 and 15, 2019.


      1. Basic concepts, examples and state-of-the-art of research infrastructures and e-science.
      2. Introduction to distributed computing (grids, clouds, clusters).
      3. Data and Scientific workflow management (concepts and examples).
      4. Hands-on experience with the AMC e-science platform.
      5. Discussion about study cases from students.
      6. Advanced topics (big data, science gateways, etc.).

      Target Audience:

      AMC PhD candidates, who handle large amounts of data to carry out biomedical research. Participants are expected to have a general familiarity with computers.


      The course is given in English.


      To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all lectures and workshops, and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered.

      Study load:

      20 hours, which is comparable to 0.6 ECTS points.

      Number of participants:

      Maximum 15 per course.


      No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates. Employees of the AMC or AMC Medical Research BV can participate provided slots are available. All other participants are charged a fee of 625 euro.

      Course Coordinator:

      Dr. S. Delgado Olabarriaga / Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (KEBB) / s.d.olabarriaga@amc.uva.nl / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4660.

      More information:

      From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / graduateschool@amc.uva.nl /E2-172 / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4618.


      AMC Graduate School
      E-mail: graduateschool@amc.nl
      Tel: +31 (0)20 - 566 3108