Immersive visitors training programme.

The Immersive Visitors Training Programme offers a structured way to engage with training at EI. Liaising with both the training team and faculty members you will help to craft a bespoke training programme of activities for the duration of your visit, which will be delivered on a one-to-one basis.

For more information, please contact Emily Angiolini, our Scientific Training and Education Team Manager at

Emily Angiolini

Emily Angiolini
Scientific Training and Education Team Manager


Andrea Pubela, INTA (Argentina)

Andrea joined EI for one month to train in NGS library construction, Long Mate Pair (LMP) in particular, and interpretation of quality values for an ongoing project to sequence Sunflower, which is an important crop in Argentina and for which there is currently no reference genome. Speaking of the training period, Andrea said that:

Open quote marks

[Everything] developed during the training will be used for daily work in the Genomic Unit of Institute of Biotechnology of INTA …

Closing quote marks


Sergio Gonzalez, INTA (Argentina)

Sergio was able to acquire theoretical concepts relating to different aspects of NGS assembly of genomic and transcriptomic datasets, discuss different strategies relating to his project working on sunflower and begin to apply the knowledge learned to carry out QC, trimming and filtering of a dataset generated by a previous visitor. Speaking about his training, Sergio said:

Open quote marks

The training allows an interactive participation with the trainers and the possibility to discuss concepts and ideas to use in further analysis plus some training programme modification due to the direct relationship and week-by-week control over the programme which is focussed on the trainee interests and on possible future applications…

Closing quote marks


Bich Hai Ho, Institute of Information Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

Hai joined TGAC to undertake metagenomic data analysis training using publicly available datasets. She gained hands-on experience in NGS technology, pre-processing of raw data, including QC, whole genome assembly approaches (both de novo and comparative), plus design, development and execution of pipelines for taxonomical and functional analysis.

Open quote marks

The training was very good for me because it fitted very well with my research interests but I had very little knowledge before. This training really acted as a kick off for my project as upon returning to my institute I have now managed to apply my learning and approaches to analyse the data and I have even given training on it.

Closing quote marks


Open to UK, European and Non- European applicants.

Please note, applicants are responsible for visa applications as well as securing funding for travel, subsistence, commuting, health insurance, registration fees for on-site training events attended as part of the secondment, and appropriate bench fees as agreed between EI and the applicant’s normal place of work.

How it works.

  • Express of interest 12 months before expected secondment
  • Discussion with us and content experts. We’ll have a Skype call and confirm dates six months in advance
  • Letter of support (visa applications etc)
  • Weekly activity log
  • Long term feedback to assess impact (6 & 12 months)
  • Continued collaboration
  • Final report, evaluation and feedback


The first stage of application is an expression of interest form (EOI). Please complete the form here and send to

If you have already begun discussions with a member of faculty at EI and have identified who would be best placed to host you during your visit, please complete the full IVTP application form here and send to