Press Releases

Prof. Arlindo Oliveira appointed new Head of ELIXIR Node in Portugal

Arlindo Oliveira has been appointed new Head of ELIXIR Node in Portugal, following a successful nomination to the Board of FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - Research and Technology Foundation in Portugal).

Data Carpentry hackathon and workshop at ELIXIR Netherlands

 The University of Utrecht in the Netherlands hosted two Data Carpentry events on 22-25 June 2015, as part of the ELIXIR Data and Software Carpentry Pilot action. Coordinated by ELIXIR UK, the pilots aims to develop training programme across the ELIXIR infrastructure.

ELIXIR examines the use of Galaxy platform in Europe

ELIXIR is launching an online survey to learn more about how the Galaxy platform is used across the ELIXIR infrastructure and beyond. It is intended for IT experts and developers maintaning and developing Galaxy services. Any Galaxy administrator or developer is invited to take part.

Go to the survey!

Call for ELSI experts to join the ELIXIR Scientific Advisory Board

The ELIXIR Board is inviting experts on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) to put themselves forward to join the nine existing members of the ELIXIR SAB in order to ensure ELSI considerations are firmly embedded into ELIXIR’s scientific review processes.

For those interested in taking part, the summary CV document below should be completed and returned to Nicola Kay (nicola.kay at by no later than 14 September 2015.

The ELIXIR Board will then appoint the additional members to the ELIXIR SAB in October.

ELIXIR publishes its first Annual Report

The ELIXIR 2014 Annual Report covers the major events and activities in 2014 and outlines ELIXIR's plans for the future. The goals in the first year  of operation were to lay solid ground bringing together Europe's life-data resources and start delivering tangible services to the scientific community.

Lighting beacons for data access in genomic research

ELIXIR has partnered with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to provide data-discovery services for genomics that balance efficient data sharing and data protection.

ELIXIR Hub strengthens its communications team

premysl vela photoELIXIR is delighted that Premysl Velek has joined the ELIXIR Hub as Communication and Outreach Officer. Premysl will lead the day to day communications and outreach activities of ELIXIR, supporting the dissemination of ELIXIR-related activities across the ELIXIR Nodes. He will lead on content production for the ELIXIR website, newsletters, printed materials and social media.

Open Bridges for Life Science Data

Steffi Suhr, ELIXIR Senior Project Manager, has recently produced a guest blog post for Scientific Data. Entitled 'Opening the bridges for life science data', the post provides an update on the BioMedBridges project and welcomes the opening of registration for the Symposium Open Bridges for Life Science Data, which takes place in Hinxton on 17-18 November. 

Read the blog post here

ELIXIR accelerates with major Horizon 2020 funding

11 May 2015, Hinxton, UK – ELIXIR has been awarded €19 million from the EU to accelerate the implementation of Europe’s life-science data infrastructure over the next four years. From September 2015, ‘ELIXIR-EXCELERATE’ will facilitate the integration of Europe’s bioinformatics resources, supporting all sectors of life-science R&D. It will deliver excellence to ELIXIR’s users by fast-tracking the development and deployment of essential data services. 

ELIXIR Hub appoints Stephanie Suhr as Senior Project Manager

ELIXIR is delighted to announce that Stephanie Suhr will join the ELIXIR Hub as Senior Project Manager with responsibility for further development of good project management practice within ELIXIR and to lead the project management unit for externally funded projects.