North African Workshop of the AfricaBP Open Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

Oct 11-13, 2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT+1

Instructors: Alia Benkahla, Oussema Souai, Bairem Jemmali, Melek Chaouch

Helpers: Amal Boukteb, Meriem Hannachi

General Information


This workshop aims to establish and connect scientists and institutes that are role players in the African BioGenome Project (AfricaBP) initiative, create awareness and galvanise institutions and researchers at the regional level to drive the vision and objectives of AfricaBP. Days 1-2 are seminar-style hybrid workshops focusing on current understanding on biodiversity genomics across Northern Africa. Days 3-5 are practical-based, hands-on in-person parallel workshops focusing on sample collections, stakeholders and policy-related engagements, genome sequencing using several technology platforms. In Tunisia, the practical session will cover data management and analysis for genomics research including: best practices for organization of bioinformatics projects and data, use of command-line utilities, use of command-line tools to analyze sequence quality and perform variant calling, and connecting to and using cloud computing.

This lesson assumes that learners have no prior experience with the tools covered in the workshop. However, learners are expected to have some familiarity with biological concepts, including the concept of genomic variation within a population. An equipped informatics classroom is available for the participants.

Where: 13, place Pasteur, B.P. 74 1002 Tunis, Belvédère, Tunisia. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Oct 11-13, 2023. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants will have access to a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email or for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Who can attend?: Anyone interested in genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology and related fields.

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Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey



To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Genomics workshops can be found at the workshop overview site