T3Connect – Course description


T3Connect – Data Science and Genomic Pathogen Surveillance Training Programme is a series of train-the-trainer courses, funded by UKRI, which aims to strengthen capacity in data science and pathogen genomics for applications in infectious diseases in the UK. A collaboration between the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance and Wellcome Connecting Science, the programme applies the concept of forward training and equip professionals who interface with pathogen genomics data science with the skills needed to train others.

Disease outbreaks, growing pathogen resistance and environmental threats demand full exploitation of genomics technologies to increase accuracy and boost capacity for clinical management, surveillance, and response to infectious pathogens. As a result, there is a rising demand for genomics data science which requires specialised expertise for its interpretation and application. Therefore, there is an urgent need for skilled trainers to support the work of researchers and healthcare professionals in the UK.

Train-the-trainer strategies provide an effective method for empowering scientists with tools and resources to pass on their knowledge and skills to their colleagues and multidisciplinary peers, thereby accelerating capacity for genomics in healthcare.

This FREE course provides participants with methods and techniques for training adult learners in analysis of genomics as applied in clinical management and public health. It integrates pedagogical aspects with pathogen genomic analysis, application and interpretation for management and surveillance of infectious disease. Participants will develop deeper knowledge of teaching and facilitation methodologies that they can later apply in their respective fields and work environments.

Using a project-based learning approach, participants are mentored on how to build their own training materials and design their own training. A combination of online training resources and in-person sessions is followed by ongoing mentorship and network building activities.

Target Audience

The course is aimed at researchers, healthcare and training professionals who are involved in any aspect of genomics or data science, and who are interested in building their capabilities to effectively share their knowledge and skills with others focused on pathogen genomic analysis, application and interpretation in management of infectious disease. This includes clinical, biomedical, and public health scientists, epidemiologists, bioinformaticians.

Participants may also be involved in genomics technologies and computational biology training programmes, and interested in developing training resources for potential application of pathogen genomics in healthcare and public health.