Here are some common questions and answers regarding the workshops of the UC Davis Bioinformatics Training Program. If you have a question and don’t see your answer here, please don’t hesitate to email us at training.bioinformatics@ucdavis.edu.

 

Are your workshops open to non-university attendees?

Our bioinformatics workshops are open to all scientists, both within the UC system and from other universities & industry professionals. Our goal is to educate on emerging technologies, and the more knowledge we can share, the better.

 

Can I get a fee waiver/scholarship/financial assistance?

At present, we are unable to provide any financial assistance for our workshops due to lack of available funding.  If that changes in the future, we will send out announcements for how people may apply.

 

Does my fee include hotel/transportation?

Registration fees for our workshops include light breakfast, catered lunches and breaks, but do not include hotel, parking or transportation accommodations. Those are up to the individual participant to coordinate. Our accommodations page has some recommendations for those coming to visit us from afar. Additional information about all-things Davis can be found at daviswiki.org.

 

What’s the best way to get around?

Bikes are the preferred method of transportation in Davis. There are other options though, which you can find on our Getting around Davis page. Visitor parking at UC Davis is currently $9 per day (taps.ucdavis.edu).

 

What do I need to bring to the workshops?

Some of our workshops require each person to bring a laptop with a functioning web browser. Laptops running Windows, Mac OS or Linux are fine. You may need administrator accounts on your laptop in order to install the software tools and packages necessary for working with the example data. However, some workshops are held in campus computer rooms, and do not require participants to bring laptops. These requirements will be clearly stated in the workshop announcements.

 

I need an invoice for my records, where can I get it?

Registration confirmations and invoices will be emailed automatically upon registration. If you do not receive a confirmation or it is incorrect, please email us at training.bioinformatics@ucdavis.edu. Proof-of-attendance may also be obtained at the end of each workshop.

 

I need to cancel. What are your policies on that?

Registrants are entitled to a 75% refund of the total registration price if cancelling no later than 2 calendar weeks before the start of a workshop. Within 2 weeks of workshop dates, no refund will be given. No credits or other arrangements may be made. In order to cancel, you must send a written request to training.bioinformatics@ucdavis.edu within the allowed time. (Note that you may substitute another person from your organization at no charge, but please advise us as soon as possible so we can update our contact records.)

 

What is your current Galaxy and Command-Line AMI ID and how do I launch it?

Our current Amazon Machine Image ID is ami-f4733f94. It is publicly available for anyone to use on the Amazon Cloud. Go to our software page for instructions on how to launch it, on how to use FTP to transfer files to Galaxy on your instance, on increasing your Galaxy data volume size on the fly, and on how to use DataManagers to add built-in/locally cached indexed genomes to Galaxy.