Uppsala February 24-26, 2000 and Gothenburg March 23-25, 2000

The course is arranged by Gothenburg Stochastic Centre at Chalmers, Department of Mathematical Statistics at Uppsala University, Linnaeus Centre for Bioinformatics in Uppsala and the Stockholm Bioinformatics Centre.

Course commitee:
Tom Britton (, Mathematical Statistics, Uppsala University.
Olle Nerman (, Gothenburg Stochastic Centre, Chalmers University of Technology.
Siv Andersson (, Linnaeus Centre Uppsala
Jens Lagergren (, Stockholm Bioinformatics Centre.


To get an understanding of some of the concepts and ideas of molecular biology, molecular genetics, and biological evolution and to learn the basic mathematics, statistics and algorithmic tools for some problems in computational biology. The course is primarily intended for graduate students in mathematical statistics, mathematics and computer science, but is also open for senior scientists in these fields, and aims at meeting the increasing demand of statistical and computational skills in the area of bioinformatics.


The course consists of two parts. The first part in Uppsala will give some basic biological knowledge as well as present some statistical and computational methods related to the analysis and comparison of DNA sequences and interesting biological applications.

Lecturers in the Uppsala part will, among others, be given by Chalmers Jubilee Professor; Michael Waterman, University of Southern California, Sophie Schbath-Grammagnat, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France and Siv Andersson, Linnaeus Centre of Bioinformatics, Uppsala, Sweden.

In Gothenburg lectures will again be given by Michael Waterman, and, among others, also by Jotun Hein, University of Aarhus.


Maturity in mathematics, mathematical statistics and computer science. An introductory course in molecular biology/genetics helps.

Course material

The lecturers will, during the course, give suitable references to study material. The main part of the text will be from articles and papers of various books. Some material will be distributed to the participants before and/or during the course.


At the moment we do not plan a full examination procedure in the course framework. However various practical exercises will be handed out during the course, some of which can serve as a major part of a formal examination. This however will have to be handled by the graduate students examiner/supervisor. The recommended credit for the course will be 3-5 units (weeks work), depending on the requirements, the examination procedure adopted, etc.


There is no conference fee, but travel expenses, accommodation and meals will not be covered by the course.

Local organisation Uppsala

Local organisation Gothenburg

Extra activity

Finally, we recommend the nordic bioinformatics conference called BIOINFORMATICS 2000 which will take place in Marienlyst, close to Helsingör in April 27-30. It is an excellent opportunity for those of you that want to get a broader perspective of bioinformatics than our small course can deliver.


Participants of the course should register to Tom Britton,, phone 018-471 3222, postal address: Dept. of Mathematics, Uppsala University, Box 480, 751 06 Uppsala, before December 15, 1999. Please include: name, affiliation, address and e-mail. You shall also tell if you want accommodation at NHV, and indicate which nights you want to reserve. The number of participants is limited to 80, out of which 50 are reserved for graduate students.
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