Press Releases

UN designates SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics a reference centre for bioinformatics

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as a FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics. SIB will collaborate with the FAO on the screening, monitoring and follow-up of zoonotic diseases. These are animal infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans such as avian influenza, and animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease. 

First ‘green’ Bring Your Own Data workshop on interoperability

The first “green genetics” Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) workshop took place on 21 and 22 January 2015, organised by the Virtual Lab for Plant Breeding foundation (VLBP), the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL) and ELIXIR.

The workshop brought together international experts on FAIR together with data providers to combine results from four datasets into a single query.

More information about the event can be found here.

ELIXIR registry now live

ELIXIR Denmark has launched the ELIXIR Tools and Data Registry. This is a gateway to databases and tools for life science data analysis. It was designed with focus on both discovery and integration of these resources. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date catalogue of resources that are interactive and downloadable, and that offer programmatic access. The registry also allows the community to upload their own resources to the registry following a simple log in procedure.

DTL: Enabling data intensive research in the life sciences

The Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), which acts as the ELIXIR Netherlands Node, has published an article showing the role it plays in facilitating life science research. DTL is a not-for-profit organisation made up of academic and industry partners and the article gives the background on its role, remit and focus of future activities. 

ELIXIR partners team up for success

Two separate ELIXIR collaborations have recently been awarded highly-prized grants from the Horizon 2020 WIDESPREAD Teaming Call. 

Translational medicine 

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: