Gentle hands-on introduction to Python programming


  • Learning the basics of Python programming: different variables, reading files, writing files, conditional statements
  • Being able to write a basic Python script from scratch


This course is organised over two full days. With the help of plenty hands-on exercises, you will get introduced into the different types of variables in python, the peculiarities of python and good programming habits. This course will provide you an ideal stepping stone for further developing programming skills in Python. 

Required skills

Aimed for people with no programming skills whatsoever. If you want to follow the Biopython  or the MySQL training and you have little/no experience with Python, please register for this training.

Training schedule

Day 1
- Short introduction to programming and Python
- Print statement - showing what your program does.
- Variables and operators - how to do math
- Conditions - deciding what to do
- Loops - doing the same thing with different information
- Lists and tuples - how to handle a range of variables
- File reading and writing - getting hold of data and dumping your results

Day 2
- Functions - re-using the same bit of code
- Imports - what functions does Python provide?
- Dictionaries - organising your variables
- Assert - stop before things go wrong
- Classes - get the most out of Python
Throughout the course we'll stress the importance of 'good programming practice', such as clear variable names and adding comments to your code.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Organised by the VIB Bioinformatics Core.​​



22 and 29 January 2018, from 9h30 to 17h00


Technologiepark 21
9052 Gent


Wim Vranken

Training material:

Registration is closed.

Registration start date:

27 November 2017

Registration end date:

8 January 2018