Press Releases

ELIXIR cited in RDA report

ELIXIR is one of the data sharing projects cited on page 14 of the Research Data Alliance 'Data Harvest Report' which examines how sharing research data can yield knowledge, jobs and growth. The report will be presented to the EC and the audience at the RDA meeting in Rome next week.

ELIXIR Holds First Innovation and SME Forum in Copenhagen

The presentations given at the ELIXIR Innovation and SME forum event in Copenhagen on 24-25 November are now available below. The photos from the event are available via ELIXIR's Flickr page.

Presentations from the Innovation and SME forum:
Anders Krogh, The Bioinformatics Centre, University of Copenhagen

Outcomes of the autumn ELIXIR Board meeting

The ELIXIR Board held its autumn 2014 meeting in Hinxton, Cambridge, on 3-4 November. The key decisions and outcomes of the meeting included:

Spain takes formal decision to ratify ELIXIR Consortium Agreement

On 30 October, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain took a formal decision to join ELIXIR as a full member. Prof. Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, confirmed that the inter-departmental process for approving the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA) had been put in place. Spain is now expected to formally sign the ECA before the next ELIXIR Board meeting in April 2015, following the completion of the internal approval process.

Announcing the first Data Carpentry workshop in the UK!

ELIXIR UK is bringing the first Data Carpentry workshop to the UK to help researchers in life sciences become more productive and efficient in their work with data. The workshop will take place at the University of Manchester, 27-28 November 2014

For more details and registration please visit:

SIB Awards 2015 - Call for Applications

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, the Swiss Node of ELIXIR, has announced a call for applications for the SIB 2015 Awards. 

More information can be found here.

ELIXIR Programme for 2014-2018 now Published

ELIXIR's scientific and technical Programme for 2014-2018 has now been published. The programme sets out the focus of activities that ELIXIR partners will carry out over the current five-year period. 

This programme has been developed by over 100 scientists from across ELIXIR partner organisations. We'd like to place on record our thanks to all of those who particiapted in its development, including the ELIXIR Board, Heads of Nodes, Technical Coordinators and everyone who participated in the work streams. 

Finland joins ELIXIR

Finland has signed the Consortium Agreement establishing ELIXIR. Finland is the eleventh country to sign the agreement, after the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

ELIXIR UK Node seeks Scientific Programmer to work on ELIXIR metrics design and implementation

The UK Node is currently advertising for a Scientific Programmer to join their team at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich, in order to work on the design and implementation of the infrastructure that will track impact metrics for bioinformatics services across the ELIXIR network. More information about the post can be found here: The close date for applications is 23 September 2014

Bring Your Own Data

On 24- 25 June, the first of a series of Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) parties took place in Leiden, the Netherlands, in the context of an ELIXIR Pilot Action for a broader data FAIRport. In this first workshop data providers of MycoBase and the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) worked together with experts in semantic web technologies to make their data available in a findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable manner (FAIR).