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BroadE 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


Hail as a tool for scalable genomics

Hail is an open-source library that provides accessible interfaces for exploring genomic data, with a backend that automatically scales to take advantage of large compute clusters. Hail enables those without expertise in parallel computing to flexibly, efficiently, and interactively analyze large sequencing datasets. Hail is the analytical engine behind projects such as the Genome Aggregation Database, the UK Biobank mega-GWAS, Pan UKBiobank analysis, eQTLs in GTEx, TOPMed, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, and the Centers for Mendelian Genomics. This workshop provides an introduction to Hail through hands-on exploration and analysis of public 1000 Genomes data. Following a brief conceptual overview, participants will be guided through a hands-on tutorial with interactive exercises. The workshop covers some of the most common use cases: general-purpose data exploration functionality; variant and sample quality control; common variant association; and rare variant burden tests. By the end, participants will be ready to begin using Hail to answer their own scientific questions.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Registration is closed
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