GOBLET (Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training) and ELIXIR have formed a Joint Training Strategy, which sets out how the two initiatives will collaborate on training going forward.
Developed on behalf of ELIXIR by the Training Coordinator's Group (TrCG), the Strategy sets out the areas for collaboration, including:
At the beginning of March representatives of eleven Czech universities and research institutes met in Prague to formally sign a consortium agreement setting up the Czech bioinformatics infrastructure, ELIXIR CZ.
Hinxton, UK - Tuesday 31st March 2015
Major EU funding will support efforts to facilitate access to data, medical and biological facilities for life-science research.
The report sets out a number of examples of the value of open data resources to industry, and recommendations for how ELIXIR could develop links with Industry and Industry relevant initiatives and help industry make better use of these resources.
The IAC is made up of experts from users, including SMEs, suppliers and publishers and is appointed by the ELIXIR Board to provide ELIXIR with high-level, strategic advice and input from industry.
At the meeting Mark Forster of Syngenta was elected Chair of the ELIXIR IAC for 2015, and Wendy Filsell of Unilever Vice Chair.
The ELIXIR Hub is delighted to announce that Ilkka Lappalainen will help develop ELIXIR’s strategy for enabling clinical research using human data.
Since establishing the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) in 2008, Ilkka has helped establish the resource with the scientific community. The EGA, recognised as a gold-standard database for biomedical research data, has been at the centre of two ELIXIR Pilot Actions. One is a collaboration with ELIXIR Finland on AAI, and the other establishes the EGA as a joint venture between EMBL-EBI and ELIXIR Spain.
As a Visitor to the ELIXIR Hub, Ilkka will bring to ELIXIR his considerable expertise in the secure sharing of genomic data, and will help shape our strategy for managing human data. This will involve developing and evaluating future ELIXIR Pilot actions and grant-funded activities, and building collaborations with external partners such as the Biobanking and BIoMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) consortia.
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.
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.