Bioinformatics is defined as the collection, classification, storage, and analysis of biochemical and biological information using computers especially as applied to molecular genetics and genomics [Merriam-Webster dictionary, 2018].

The University of Liège has been a pioneer in Bioinformatics with research papers from the Life Sciences Department dating back to 1977!
Nowadays research labs involved in Bioinformatics are spread all over the university, in life sciences but also in engineering sciences, veterinary sciences, agronomy and medical sciences. Those labs cover a wide range of sub-disciplines from phylogeny to systems biology.

In terms of bioinformatics education, the university of Liège has also been a pioneer institution. The university of Liège is, since 2003, one of the very few Belgian universities delivering a complete Master (120 credits) in the field. In 2018, the Bioinformatics and Modeling Master has been revamped and one of its specificity lies in its focus on students having a strong biological background but not necessarily strong programming skills. In some cases the Master can even be completed in one-year (more info here).