Specific details are here, but basically, my facility is hosting two workshops for the scientific community (around the latter half of February 2008). One is a 5 day session that focuses on a myriad of molecular techniques, and incorporates both a practical hands-on portion, as well as the all important biochemical (as in what the hell is going on?) angle. Not to toot our own horns, but we've garnered consistently excellent reviews, and I would say that if you're the practicing scientist (and on occasion engineer, statistician, computer scientist, lawyer) who wants a course to get up to speed in molecular biology, then this is the course for you. Check out the link, and give me a buzz if you need more details.
As well, we are also offering a new basic bioinformatics workshop, to be run by my colleague, the always excellent Dr. Joanne Fox. This three day session is intended to get folks with little to no background, comfortable around the often overwhelming range of tools that bioinformatics has to offer. Details for this workshop are also found in the same URL as above, right here.
Of course, what most of our clients don't realize is that all revenues from our professional workshops go directly into our outreach programs. Here we've been lucky enough to develop high school programs, programs working with developing nations, programs aimed at broaching global issues in interdisciplinary ways, science writing initiatives, and more recently, science of sustainability type programs. All good stuff - our head count is wide and varied, but as an example, our field trip program cater to approximately 1500 high school students every year.
Anyway, spread the word if you can. Print out the ad (pdf) and pin it up on your bulletin board, if you so feel inclined, and thanks for reading.
While an excuse to go to Vancouver would be welcome, I couldn't convince anyone that a Bioinformatics workshop was a true professional necessity for me. Sigh.
I want to commend you for using your workshop fees to support your outreach program. That is truly admirable!