American Society of Plant Biologists, KBase and the iPlant Collaborative are pleased to offer a Software Carpentry Workshop immediately after the conclusion of Plant Biology 2014, on July 17-18, approximately 9 am -5 pm each day.

Software Carpentry’s mission is to:

“Teach researchers basic lab skills for scientific computing: the tools and techniques that will help them get more done in less time, and with less pain.” Their core two-day curriculum includes:

  • the Unix shell (and how to automate repetitive tasks);
  • Python or R (and how to grow a program in a modular, testable way);
  • Git and GitHub (and how to track and share work efficiently); and
  • SQL (and the difference between structured and unstructured data).

With high-throughput sequencing and other technologies making computation critical to all areas of biology, we are confident this course will provide skills and training needed to get the most out of your data, time, and effort.  At the conclusion of the workshop each day, iPlant and KBase trainers will also demonstrate how to use your newly acquired skills analyzing your data with their platforms.

Who should attend?

This content is very well suited to those who have limited or no experience at the command line, but who need to acquire these skills to have more control over their data and analysis. More advanced topics can also be covered according to participant needs and interests.

What should I bring?

You will need to have a Wi-Fi enabled laptop to participate.

What does the registration fee cover?

The fee of $75 covers the cost of your internet connection, some AV support, coffee, and modest snacks. You will be responsible for your own lunch. REGISTER NOW

Graduate and undergraduate students involved in research are especially encourage to apply, as are faculty from PUIs. iPlant Collaborative will be providing a limited number of registration refunds to some attendees in this category.


Portland Hilton
921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

This is the Plant Biology 2014 headquarters hotel, only a short distance from the convention center.