Topic outline

  • Overview

    Researchers often have access to or generate multiple omics data (RNAseq, metabolomics, lipidomics, proteomics…) within a single study. Although each omics data is usually analyzed individually, combining complementary data can yield a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in biological processes. Several integrative approaches are now available to combine such data, coming essentially from two families of methods, namely multivariate statistical analyses and network-based approaches. During this summer school both methodologies will be covered, introducing RGCCA and mixOmics for multivariate analyses and WGCNA and SNF for network-based strategies. To get meaningful biological information, the interpretation of statistical results needs to be done contextualizing them in the available biological knowledge. To address this major step we need to be able to access and interrogate databases. We will harness this subject introducing semantic web and knowledge graphs in the context of metabolic networks.

    During the School, significant time will be devoted to hands-on and the program will be divided into three phases / topics:

    • Multivariate statistical analyses (Instructors: Arnaud Gloaguen & Jimmy Vandel)
    • Network-based approaches (Instructors: Morgane Térézol & Marie-Galadriel Brière)
    • Results contextualisation: an introduction to metabolic models, web semantic and knowledge graphs (Instructors: Jean-Clément Gallardo, Maxime Delmas & Marco Pagni)

    The participants will work in groups and shortly present the application of what they have learned to their own project.


    This course is addressed to life scientists and biomedical researchers (mostly PhD students and postdocs) working with more than one omics data.

    Learning outcomes

    At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

    • analyze their data in an integrative manner
    • contextualize their results with available databases


    Knowledge / competencies
    The level of this course is intermediate, with the following requirements:

    • experience with at least one omic technique
    • basic statistics
    • R programming

    You are required to bring your own laptop, more instructions will be communicated to the course participants.

    Schedule - CET time zone

    D0 - Sunday 3 September
    Evening: arrival, check-in, dinner

    D1 - Monday 4 September
    Morning: general overview
    Afternoon: Multivariate statistical analyses

    D2 - Tuesday 5 September
    Morning: Multivariate statistical analyses
    Afternoon: Network-based approaches

    D3 - Wednesday 6 September
    Morning: Network-based approaches
    Afternoon: social activity

    D4 - Thursday 7 September
    Morning & Afternoon: Results contextualisation: an introduction to metabolic models, web semantic and knowledge graphs

    D5 - Friday 8 September
    Presentations: Application to your research project
    ~14h: End of the event.


    Application is now closed, with a long waiting list.

    Please note that while the school is oversubscribed, we will need to start the validation process early June. Thank you for your understanding.

    The registration fees (including accommodation in double rooms and meals) for academics are 650 EUR/CHF and 1000 EUR/CHF for for-profit companies. A special discount price will be available for the members of the SIB PhD Training Network and for the members of IFB.

    Venue and Time

    This course will take place in the Centre de Vacances et Colloques Paul Langevin (CNRS), in the village of Aussois (Savoie, France).

    The event will start on Sunday evening and end on Friday around lunch time.

    Additional information

    Coordination: Olivier Sand, Florence Mehl, Grégoire Rossier, Hélène Chiapello.

    Scientific committee: Guillemette Marot (University of Lille), Marija Buljan (EMPA/SIB), Anaïs Baudot (Marseille Medical Genetics), Julien Boccard (University of Geneva)

    We will recommend 2 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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  • Topic 1 MOFA & RGCCA

  • Topic 2 Network theory

  • Topic 3