ACENET Training at Acadia

Fri, Oct 13, 2023 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Status: Upcoming


This is a beginner level, in-depth workshop for participants with no prior experience using bioinformatics tools.

The workshop will be conducted over two days, with a break for lunch each day and short breaks in the morning and afternoon sessions.


Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Atlantic time)

Thursday, May 25, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Atlantic time)


Day 1 - Topics covered will include the following.

  • Introduction to cluster computing - getting started on ACENET, job scheduling and ACENET resources.
  • Introduction to R - an overview of R and data packages, accessing and manipulating datasets, plotting data.
  • Statistical programming with R - single and multivariate analysis, classification models, regression models and model visualization.

Day 2 : Participants will have the choice of attending one of the following two sessions:

  1. RNA-seq — This session will examine key concepts of RNA-seq analysis, as well as quality control, read alignment, quantification, differential gene expression and gene ontology.
  2. Microbiome analysis — This session will examine amplicon sequence analysis including the QIIME2 analysis pipeline, alpha and beta diversity analysis, differential abundance analysis and metagenome sequence analysis.


Wednesday, May 24: Mona Campbell Building Room 1108 (9 - 5 pm).  

Thursday, May 25: Mona Campbell Building Room 1108 (9 - 3 pm)

Thursday, May 25: Mona Campbell Building Room 1107 (9 - 3 pm)

There will not be an option to attend this workshop online.


  1. You need to bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc) on which you have administrative privileges, as you will need to pre-load specific software packages.

This session will be delivered in-person.

Participants must register using their institutional / organizational email address (not a personal email, ie. gmail).

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Mona Campbell Building, 1108
1459 Lemarchant Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3P8