Broad Workshops

Demand for BroadE workshops is so high that they often fill quickly. To manage demand, we are continuing to increase the number of times we offer our workshops, and we have implemented a one-week registration period for all BroadE workshops. Participants are selected from the pool of applicants who register during this period.

Everyone who registers has an equal chance of being accepted. Registrants are given a priority number at random, and registrants with high priority numbers are put on a participant list. This list may be revised to ensure that BroadE workshops reach a diverse group of Broadies based on the following factors:

  • the applicant’s home institution
  • the applicant’s lab
  • whether the applicant has previously participated in this particular workshop
  • whether the applicant was previously waitlisted for this particular workshop
  • whether the applicant was previously selected to attend this particular workshop and failed to attend without notifying the BroadE organizers

We offer our most popular workshops several times throughout the year. If you are not selected to attend a workshop the first time you register, we encourage you to apply for a future session. 


Upcoming Workshops

FireCloud Workshop for Tool Developers
FireCloud is a cancer genome analysis platform with co-located TCGA data. Modeled after the Broad Institute’s Firehose analysis infrastructure, FireCloud democratizes data access and facilitates collaboration by providing a robust, scalable platform accessible to the community at large. Using the elastic compute capacity of Google Cloud, FireCloud empowers analysts, tool developers, and production managers to perform large-scale analysis, engage in data curation, and store or publish results.
Users can upload their own analysis methods to the FireCloud Method Repository or run the Broad Institute’s best practice tools and pipelines. FireCloud also includes pre-loaded workspaces with curated TCGA data and results that users can clone.
The aim of this workshop is to introduce tool developers to the FireCloud environment through hands-on exercises. We will introduce core FireCloud concepts such as the workspace data model, method configs, and billing projects. In addition, we will cover the steps needed to upload tools to FireCloud, and provide an overview of Docker and Workflow Description Language (WDL).
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with bioinformatics tools and command-line interfaces. We will send out software installation instructions ahead of the workshop.
  August 12   Registration is closed
Using GeNets for network based analyses of genomic & proteomic data
We regret to inform you that due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, we must cancel this workshop. We anticipate offering it again later this year, and we hope that you will be able to join then.
The recent advances in genomics and proteomics have produced many lists of genes and proteins likely to be involved in disease processes, but the molecular networks they integrate into remain obscure in many cases. This limits our progress towards biological insight and therapeutic intervention. Computational analyses that systematically integrate such lists with biological networks (i.e., networks in which genes are connected if they are functionally associated in transcriptional, protein-protein interaction, phylogenetic or text mining data) have emerged as a powerful approach to functionally interpret gene sets emerging from many different technological platforms.

This BroadE workshop will introduce the audience to the Broad Institute web platform for Genome Networks - GeNets - a new unified and flexible web platform for analyzing, integrating, and visualizing gene sets using any biological network. Through GeNets, users can easily share interactive network analyses with collaborators and obtain publication-grade figures of the results.
  March 25   Canceled
Primer on Medical and Population Genetics
The Primer on Medical and Population Genetics series includes informal discussions of basic topics relevant to medical and population genetics by speakers drawn from across the Broad community. The target audience includes technicians, grad students, postdocs and established investigators just entering the field of complex trait genetics with the goal of bringing all up to speed on basic principles of human genetic variation, genotyping and sequencing methods, statistics, and analysis.

Please note: When the weekly MPG meeting is cancelled (due to weather, conflicting events, etc.) Primers are also cancelled.
September - January

  No Registration Necessary