Previous events

4 May 2015

ELIXIR Finland will be holding an event to celebrate its launch at the Finnish Natural History Museum (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13) in Helsinki on 4th May 2015 at 15:00- 18:00.

The event will include keynote presentations from members of the life science community and the Ministry of Education and Culture; and demonstrations of the impact of infrastructure services offered by the Node. Refreshments will also be provided.

Register for the event here by 20th April,  or by email to johanna.latti [at]

30 Mar 2015 to 31 Mar 2015

On 30th and 31st March 2015 the first ELIXIR 'all-hands meeting' took place at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK, with 150 participants attending from across the ELIXIR Nodes.

The programme encompassed plenaries, updates on the pilot actions, as well as breakouts to plan for 2016.

Photos from the meeting can be found here.

The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found below.

18 Mar 2015

In this third event of the ELIXIR Webinar series, representatives from ELIXIR's Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) task force will present an update on the outcome from the ELIXIR AAI Pilot for distributed authentication of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) first launched in 2012. The webinars are open for anyone to join and will consist of a presentation, which will then be opened up for discussion.

More information about the event can be found here.

If it 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. 

18 Mar 2015 to 19 Mar 2015

As a part of  the ”Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR” pilot, the Finnish ELIXIR Node is hosting a Data Carpentry workshop.
The Data Carpentry workshop is aimed at researchers in the life sciences at all career stages. Data Carpentry is designed to teach basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- How to use spreadsheet programs (such as Excel) more effectively, and the limitations of such programs.
- Getting data out of spreadsheets and into more powerful tools (R).
- Using databases, including managing and querying data in SQL.
- Workflows and automating repetitive tasks, in particular using the command line shell.
For more details and registration, visit:

18 Mar 2015 to 19 Mar 2015

The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: 'Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries' took place in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 18-19 March 2015.

Jointly organised by the ELIXIR-NL and the ELIXIR Hub, the event was attended by 80 participants including over 50 companies from large and small companies active in the plant sciences, food and livestock domains. The event:

  • Introduced delegates to some of the free tools, data resources and services that are available through ELIXIR;
  • Stimulated interaction between participants and support the long term innovation of the participating companies; and
  • Allowed for networking and exchange of ideas between companies and ELIXIR partners during a 'snakepit' discussion 
16 Mar 2015 to 17 Mar 2015

The ELIXIR collaboration workshop on marine informatics takes place at Hinxton, UK on 16 and 17 March 2015.

The workshop aims to bring together the marine informatics community to discuss infrastructure needs for reference genomes, metagenomics and host-parasite (salmon-lice) research.

Draft agenda and registration

8 Mar 2015

Representatives from ELIXIR will take part in a Research Data Alliance (RDA) plenary on large scale infrastructures being held in San Diago on Sunday 8 March.

More information about the event can be found on the RDA website.

26 Feb 2015

The ELIXIR Industry Advisory Comittee (IAC) met for the first time at Hinxton on the 26 February 2015.

The agenda of the meeting is here. At the meeting Mark Forster of Syngenta was elected Chair for 2015, with Wendy Filsell of Unilever as Vice Chair.

19 Feb 2015

BioMedBridges will be hosting a one-day workshop at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) headquarters - in Garching, outside of Munich, Germany - on Thursday 19 February 2015. A day after the BioMedBridges AGM held in Munich.

The day will provide an opportunity to learn more about the management of biological data within research infrastructures and to exchange ideas on good practices in the area. The workshop will allow participants a chance to better understand the data management needs of their infrastructures, and assist them in preparing long-term plans.

14 Feb 2015

ELIXIR Director, Niklas Blomberg, will take part in a session on big data at the forthcoming AAAS meeting in San Jose on 14 February 2015. Niklas will offer his view on data sharing in the life sciences, outlining how a big data infrastrucutre is required to solve global challenges. Other panel members include Frank Wuerthwein, University of California, who will talk on shared computing as a driver for discoveries from the Large Hadron Collider to viruses and Davide Salomoni from the National Institute for Nuclear Physics who will offer his perspective on the future of distributed computing. 

Further information is available here