RIKEN-KI bioinformatics exchange program 2022 in Stockholm

October 12-21, 2022



SciLifeLab is a Swedish national research center located at Karolinska Institutet (KI), which focuses on state-of-the-art high-throughput molecular technologies and bioinformatics. RIKEN and SciLifeLab/KI have a long-standing collaborative relationship since 2001 and together achieved remarkable research outcomes, e.g. FANTOM (Functional Annotation Of Mammalian Genome) 5 Project. Promoting the scientific exchange of young talents between Japan and Sweden is one the major goals of the RIKEN and SciLifeLab/KI collaborative effort. To achieve this, we are organizing a short-term exchange program to support young researchers in Japan to experience the research life at laboratories of SciLifeLab/KI in Stockholm. This program focuses on bioinformatics (e.g. transcriptomics, epigenomics, single-cell genomics etc) and requires the participants to bring their own research project and datasets for discussion with the researchers in their host laboratories SciLifeLab/KI. We would identify a host laboratory for each applicant based on the contexts of their research project. Presentations will be organized at the beginning and the end of the program for introducing their scientific questions and summarizing their results respectively. The exchange program will be concluded with the RIKEN-KI-SciLifeLab Symposium 2022 (

2022/10/12 to 19 (7 days) : Working in the host laboratory
2022/10/20 to 21 (2 days) : Symposium and follow-up discussions

For more information about the Sympoisum, registration etc., check the homepage of the symposium (external site):

Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

[Organizing Institutions]:
RIKEN, Karolinska Institutet, SciLifeLab

・ up to 6 fully subsidized participants
・ up to 10 total participants

・ Early-stage researchers (including PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) in Japan working on a bioinformatics project related (but not limited) to these contexts: single-cell genomics, spatial transcriptomics, gene regulation of diseases, cancer genomics, epigenomics and population genetics;
The participant should have basic knowledge and skills in general bioinformatics (e.g. basic R / Python / Shell / Perl programming);
・ Applicants should obtain permission from their affiliation to participate in the course.

[Travel Costs]:
Full-time RIKEN researchers : travel and accommodation costs covered under RIKEN IMS regulations
・ Non-RIKEN researchers: self-funded (plus one quota with full subsidy)

[Program Format]:
・Bring your own research datasets for discussion with the researchers in the host laboratory;
・Experience full-time workdays in a host laboratory, e.g. attending seminars and lab meetings;
・Opening and closing presentations of your research project;
・Social gathering with all participants and host laboratory members;
・The program will be held in an international environment with English as the language;

[Host laboratories in KI/SciLifeLab]:

  • To be determined

[Program Directors]:
・Carsten O. DAUB (Karolinska Institutet/RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences)
・Chung-Chau HON (RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences)

Applicants should book their accommodations by themselves.
Hotel information in Stockholm with good access to the Karolinska Institutet:
Elite Hotel Carolina Tower - 4 star hotel. 500m walking distance to KI.
Wasa Park Hotel - Guesthouse with lower prices. 1,2 km walking distance to KI.

Connect Stockholm - further away but with good transport access to KI
Hotel Älvsjö - further away but close to the train station with good access to KI
Stockholm Hostel - Recommended hostel with choice of single rooms. 1,4 km walking distance from KI.
For other hostel alternatives:

RIKEN-KI Bioinformatics Exchange Program 2022 Secretariat
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, RIKEN Yokohama Institute
1-7-22, Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045 JAPAN
General inquiries: ki_riken_course.gsc[a] (please change [a] to @)

(Please indicate in the Email subject line that your query is about RIKEN-KI Bioinformatics Exchange Program 2022)

[Application Procedures]:
Researchers can apply for participation by filling the form below.

RIKEN-KI exchange program Application form

Applicants are screened based on the suitability of their research project contexts and statement of motivation. Deadline for application for students from Japanese universities is August 12th (Friday) in JST.

For details and inquiries, please contact ki_riken_course.gsc[a] (please change [a] to @)