With the need for and understanding of bioinformatic tools and applications increasing dramatically, the CPGR aims at playing an active role in adding to the development of corresponding skills and knowledge in the scientific community. ,
Two fundamental beliefs are guiding our actions in this respect: (1) In order to play a fully
effective role in modern biotechnology, and the "omics" discipline in particular, Bioinformatics
as a scientific discipline must form an integral and integrating role in "omics"-driven, systems-scale
scientific endeavours; (2) future scientific leaders will be able to blend an understanding of fundamental
biology, statistics and computer sciences (Bioinformatics) in planning, managing and interpreting "omics" projects.
These role model scientists can be viewed as "in-silico" biologists who are capable of integrating scientific knowledge,
new technologies and computational applications to answer complex biological questions.
In keeping with this, the CPGR has a particular emphasis on educating "biologists" who aim at enhancing their
understanding of and skills in Bioinformatics. The CPGR "bioinformatics internship" offering is therefore
specifically aimed at inviting scientists of all disciplines and backgrounds to advance their practical
knowledge and skills in analysing and interpreting data. Programs will be custom-designed to cater for the needs
and interests of the individual candidates.
Typically, the program will be run on a part-time basis and based on a defined project with the opportunity
for participants to spend as much time as they like at the CPGR but otherwise apply the new knowledge in their
own work environment. Full access to CPGR software packages and bioinformatics expertise is part of the program
in order to enhance the learning experience.