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Home | Events | Summer School | Introduction in Genome-Wide Data Analysis

Introduction in Genome-Wide Data Analysis

July 18-22, 2022 in Amsterdam, Zuidas (confirmed)


The 2022 lecturers are assistant professor Aysu Okbay, assistant professor Ronald de Vlaming, and Hermon Kweon, all affiliated to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Meet the lecturers.


Decades of twin studies have established that any conceivable human trait has a heritable component, including biologically distal traits such as personality traits, educational attainment, and income. This insight, combined with a rapid increase in the availability of genetic data, has paved the way for the integration of genetics into the social sciences and conversely, better integration of social sciences into fields such as medicine and epidemiology.

In such interdisciplinary research, important gaps in knowledge are bound to exist. For those with a background in the social sciences, the very nature of genetic data, and how to organize and analyze such data requires a solid training in quite technical concepts in biology. Conversely, for those with a background in biology and medicine, learning to use genetic data from a social-scientific perspective can yield novel insights with medical and biological relevance.

This interdisciplinary summer course bridges knowledge gaps that participants from different backgrounds may have. Specifically, social scientists will get a formal introduction to genetics, while students from medicine and genetics will benefit from the formal treatment of statistical methods as well as the discussion of how investigating the genetics of social-scientific outcomes may lead to medically relevant insights.


The summer course welcomes (research) master students, PhD students, post-docs, and professionals from various disciplines (e.g. behavioral genetics, economics, medicine, sociology, political sciences, and psychology) who are interested in learning state-of-the-art methods for genome-wide data analysis.

Program information

For information about the program, pleasefind the 2020 syllabus here. The syllabus for the 2022 edition will become available soon.

Admission requirements

A formal background in statistics or econometrics is required from students (at the level of a first-year course, in a graduate school or PhD program, in economics, psychology, or epidemiology) but, no formal training in genetics will be assumed. The course is taught in English and will be accessible to students from both in- and outside the Netherlands.

Academic director Dr. Ronald de Vlaming
Degree program Certificate
Credits Participants who joined at least 80% of all sessions will receive a certificate of participation stating that the summer school is equivalent to a workload of 3 ECTS. Note that it is the student’s own responsibility to get these credits registered at their university.
Mode Short-term
Language English
Venue Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1082 MS Amsterdam
Capacity 30 participants (minimum of 15)
Fees Tuition Fees and Payments
Application deadline June 20, 2022
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