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Introduction to Python

Course description


Basic knowledge in Programming and Statistics is recommended, but not mandatory.

Course overview:

The participants will be taught how to get started with Python and will achieve a basic understanding how Python works. This course is an introductory programming course in Python designed for people with no or low knowledge in Python. However, we recommend to have already slight programming skills, for example in R, MATLAB, or similar.
The course is a prerequisite for the scanpy courses of the Computational Health Center.


This introductory course on Python covers:

  • Variables and calculation
  • Lists and sublists
  • Arrays and matrices
  • Data sets using pandas
  • Data management
  • Descriptive statistics using NumPy and pandas
  • Basic plots using Seaborn
  • Loops and functions


The course consists of lessons on how to use Python and hands-on examples with best-practice solutions.


  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Language: English
  • This course will be offered either on campus (in person), or online.
  • For online courses we use the software Zoom.


Dates and Application:


  • Courses provided for Helmholtz Munich:
    • You can check the current dates and whether the courses are already fully booked here*.
    • Please read the corresponding FAQ* before applying via the forms of the HR Development department*.

 * Links marked with * are only available for Helmholtz Munich staff.