Previous events

3 Jul 2015 to 4 Jul 2015

Preceding the Galaxy Community Conference, the annual BioJS Conference will bring together experts in visualisation of biological datasets, bioinformatics developers, pharmaceutical industry, and anyone interested in data visualisation in bioinformatics.

The Conference is hosted by The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich, UK, part of the ELIXIR UK Node. Register at:

22 Jun 2015 to 25 Jun 2015

The second event of the ELIXIR Pilot Project ”Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR” will be hosted by the ELIXIR Netherlands on 22-25th June 2015.

9 Jun 2015

The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: 'Data-driven innovation in the pharma and biotech industries'  took place in Basel, Switzerland, on 9 June 2015. Organised by SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and ELIXIR, alongside the successful Basel Computational Biology Conference (7-10 June 2015), the event was attended by over 70 participants. Companies in attendance included Novartis, Sanofi, Lonza Bioscience, 4-Antibody AG, ALK, IBM, QIAGEN and many more.

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 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 
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. 

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.