Press Releases

New ELIXIR staff to drive ELIXIR's data management activities

The ELIXIR Hub is pleased to announce that Andy Jenkinson has joined the ELIXIR Hub as a visitor to help develop ELIXIR’s data management architecture and activities.

CORBEL project Grant Agreement signed

The Grant Agreement for the CORBEL cluster project has been signed by the European Commission. This four-year project will start on 1 September 2015, with the kick-off meeting set for 19 November in Hinxton, UK.

ELIXIR at ISMB/ECCB 2015 in Dublin

Around 1,500 delegates gathered on 10-14 July in Dublin for the ISMB/ECCB 2015 conference, this year's largest and most important meetings in bioinformatics and computational biology. The conferences provided a forum for disseminating the latest developments in the field and brought together scientists from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics and related areas. 

Towards European Galaxy Community

Users, administrators and developers of the Galaxy platform gathered this week in Norwich, UK, for the Galaxy Community Conference 2015. The goal was to present and share best practices in using Galaxy, exchange experience and discuss latest developments.

New ELIXIR Pilot action to lay ground for ELIXIR rare disease community

A three-day hackathon on 30 June - 2 July in Rome kicked off a new ELIXIR Pilot action on rare diseases. The event - organised jointly by RD-CONNECT, Leiden University, Istituto Superiore di Sanità and ELIXIR - gathered experts from biobanks, registries and biomolecular resources for the rare disease community to work on linking materials and data from biological and clinical repositories for rare diseases.

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).

Twelve ESFRI BMS Research Infrastructures sign Mou

Twelve biological and medical science Research Infrastructures on the ESFRI roadmap have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate through a new BMS Strategy Group. The Strategy Group will provide a stable platform for the Coordinators and Directors of the Research Infrastructures to discuss issues of strategic importance such as European research policy and joint engagement with other relevant European initiatives.

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.