Press Releases

ELIXIR position on EU Data Protection Regulation

ELIXIR has produced a short paper outlining the potential impact the European Parliament's proposed amendements to the new EU Data Protection Regulation. If the proposed ammendments on informed consent are introduced in the final Regulation, the impact on medical science would be grave and Europe's capacity to deliver world-leading science would be severely undermined. 

ELIXIR's position on the impact of the EU Data Protection Regulation

ELIXIR UK seeks Node contacts for Data and Software Carpentry pilot

ELIXIR UK is looking to identify contacts to help support their pilot "Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR" which will include a series of initial events across different ELIXIR Nodes; and to act as first point of contact for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry issues within their Node. More information about the role can be found at

Academy of Finland grants funding for ELIXIR-Finland

The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI), the Academy of Finland's expert body for research infrastructures, has recently granted over EUR 16 million funding for a total of 41 infrastructure projects, including ELIXIR.

The funding will be used by ELIXIR Finland, hosted at the CSC- IT Centre for Science, to help establish ELIXIR Node services in coordination with national stakeholders like the Finnish biocenters and the national counterparts of the European research infrastructure for biomedical sciences (e.g. biobanks).

More information about the funding and how it will be used can be found on the CSC website.

Launch of the ELIXIR Webinar series

This month sees the launch of a new ELIXIR Webinar series covering one topic per session, led by those involved in the activity in question (ELIXIR Pilot Action or Technical Task Force etc), the webinars will be one hour long, typically with 30 minute allowed for presentation and 30 minutes for discussion, and open to anyone interested in participating.

The first webinar is scheduled to take place next Wednesday 21st of January 2pm UK time / 3 pm CET, and will be hosted by ELIXIR Director Niklas Blomberg, providing a general introduction to ELIXIR, plans for the series and an update on ongoing activities.

To join the webinar visit:

If this is your first time using WebEx, we would suggest joining the meeting 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, in order to quickly install the relevant software and optimize the audio before the webinar starts. 

The webinar series will then continue on a regular basis, at the same time every third Wednesday of each month (2pm UK time / 3 pm CET). 

A full schedule will be made available shortly and advertised via various channels including the all-at-nodes mailing list, twitter, the ELIXIR newsletter and ELIXIR home page.

In the meantime please save the dates in your diary.

Research Software Engineer required

The University of Oxford, e-Research Centre (part of ELIXIR-UK), is seeking a Research Software Engineer to join their team.

In this varied, interesting and challenging role the successful candidate will provide technical knowledge, software engineering and leadership ability for (i) a growing portfolio of data and knowledge management projects - including the ISA software suite (, the BioSharing registry ( - funded by UK, EU and NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, and (i) activities for the ELIXIR UK node ( of the ELIXIR programme. The application deadline is January 19th 2015.

Details on how to apply, link to application form and detailed job description at:

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: