Course Description

Hosted by the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Training Network (ITN)


Members of the QIIME 2 and Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Training Network (ITN) teams, will teach a three-day in-person workshop on bioinformatics tools for microbiome science. 

The workshop will include lectures covering QIIME 2 usage and theory, and interactive work with QIIME 2 to perform microbiome analysis from raw sequence data through publication-quality statistics and visualizations. This workshop will also feature several opportunities for attendees to network with other researchers in the field, as well as with QIIME 2 developers and other experts.

Topics will include:

  • Fundamentals of cloud computing 
  • Galaxy as a computing resource
  • Fundamentals for best practices for reproducible computation
  • Introduction to QIIME 2 
  • Core concepts 
  • QIIME 2 types, formats, and metadata 
  • Demultiplexing and quality control 
  • Phylogenetic reconstruction 
  • Measuring alpha and beta diversity 
  • Importing and exporting data 
  • Taxonomic analysis 
  • Differential abundance 
  • And more! 


This workshop applies toward the Bioinformatics Endeavor digital badge.


Software/Equipment Requirements

It is preferred that you bring your own laptop; however, FAES can lend a laptop if needed. Please contact registrar@faes.org prior to the workshop to inquire.

Important note: This workshop requires participants to have docker desktop installed on their devices beforehand. This may require coordination with your system administrators, so please plan accordingly.
System requirements: Windows requires Windows 10 (Professional, Business, Educational, and Home versions), 64-bit processing, 4GB system RAM, Windows Hyper-V and Container features, and BIOS-level hardware virtualization.
Macs requires a 2010 computer model or later, OS 10.13 or later, and at least 4GB of RAM.
Installation: Installer and instructions can be found here, 
For windows, please follow instructions listed under the Hyper-V backend and windows containers tab.

Additional Information


Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours. One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 2.1 CEUs.

Training fees

$199.00 – Student, Trainee, Fellow, .Gov, .Mil – A student, trainee, or fellow who is affiliated with an academic institution or a participant who is affiliated with the NIH, other US government agencies, or US military (and has a .gov or .mil email address). 
$500.00 – Academic Pro – A participant who is affiliated with an academic institution, and not considered a student, trainee, or fellow.
$750.00 - General – A participant who is not affiliated with the NIH, other US government agencies, US military, or any academic institutions

Self-Funded Participant

Limited number of scholarships are available.  Apply here.


Follow the link to review FAES Tuition Refund Policy.

Funding Justification Guide

Some labs and institutes may have specific funds set aside for trainees to continue their education and professional development. FAES has created a guide intended to help trainees request funds that may be available and, if they are available, request use of the training funds for continued professional development. More details

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