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Linux Training Course for Life Science Researchers 

3rd Jul 2019 - 5th Jul 2019

Dear ACGT Community

The Africa Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT), in conjunction with the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB), is organizing a Linux Training Course for Life Science Researchers from the 03 – 05 July 2019 at the University of Pretoria, Hatfield campus. The ACGT has organized this workshop because of the awareness of the advancements in sequencing platforms and the amount of data generated. Linux is not only a useful alternative operating system for data analysis and visualization; but is also a key requirement for some future ACGT workshops that require background in coding such as the RNA-Sequencing and Transcriptomics workshops. The course will provide a jump-start into the use of the Linux terminal and teach delegates to perform tasks that are critical for effective use of Linux by any user.

The topics outlined below will be covered during the course:
·       The shell
·       The file system
·       Files and directories
·       Permissions
·       Find files
·       Basic system commands
·       Redirection with command and file pipes
·       Basic Grep, sed and awk
·       Processes
·       Environment variables
·       Basic shell scripts.

The course will be facilitated by Mr Shaheem Sadien from the Cisco Networking Academy at CPUT. Mr Sadien is a renowned lecturer and skilled technician with a wealth of over 13 years of experience and knowledge on networking, operating systems and applications. Below are some testimonials from those who have attended this course before:

“This course is great for those who have no exposure to Linux and need to learn the basics” – Delegate A
I believe ANY student performing bioinformatics research, irrespective of whether it is in the field of genomics, transcriptomics or proteomics (the last is me), will benefit from this course. 
The course equips you to access and manipulate your data from any server without graphical interfaces (as most institutions/organisations) are moving away from this.” – Delegate B
“The lecturer was approachable and adapted the material to our needs. I am also glad that I was able to obtain a certificate.” – Delegate C
“I am more confident now to search for commands online that are applicable to my work and modify them to fit my own objectives. 
All of this was made possible by having a hands-on experience with Linux during this course and this is why I would recommend this course. 
For everyone who is interested in sequencing, this is definitely a course they should be attending.” – Delegate D

Should you be interested in attending this course, please apply  before Friday 21st June 2019 for the course by using the link below:

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. KIndly be as descriptive as possible in answering questions as selections will be based on the answers you provided. Registration is free to researchers from ACGT partner institutions. Reading materials will be provided to successful applicants to prepare for the course. If you know someone else who stands to benefit from this course, kindly forward this email to the relevant party.

We look forward to receiving your applications.


3rd Jul 2019
5th Jul 2019
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University of Pretoria