Train-the-trainer workshop

This interactive Train-the-Trainer workshop aims to provide individuals new to training, or those wishing to develop their skills,  with guidance and tips for developing and delivering training in bioinformatics, exploring a range of methods appropriate to different learning styles, examining the requirements for a successful course and acquiring appropriate feedback.

The workshop will:

  • provide guidance on general training techniques and appropriate use of methods based on learner needs, including some general do’s and do not’s for successful training
  • provide a framework for successful curriculum design and further development, to enable trainers to build training appropriate to their learner’s needs

By the end of this workshop, trainers should be able to:

  • Recognise the elements of good and bad training
  • Describe the role they play in providing an engaging and comfortable learning environment for their trainees
  • Construct appropriate session / curriculum design for their target audience
  • Explore ideas and inspiration for developing training materials and apply these appropriately
  • Seek and act upon feedback to improve their training through reflective practice

Intended audience

This workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in bioinformatics training.


Dr Annette McGrath is currently a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader in life science informatics at CSIRO’s Data61 in Brisbane, Australia where she leads a team working in environmental and conservation genomics. The team focuses on developing new tools and methods to solve the unique data analysis challenges created by high throughput sequencing of either environmental samples or of specimens from Australia’s national biological collections. Additionally, she has a long-standing interest and passion for data science education and training in the life sciences and is a member of GOBLET’s Executive Board.

Annette holds postgraduate degrees in molecular biology (National University of Ireland) and statistics (University of Queensland). Following postdoctoral work on multiple sequence alignment, she has worked in a range of bioinformatics roles across the biotech, not-for-profit and government sectors within Australia and New Zealand. In 2011, she was recruited to CSIRO.