ELIXIR Portugal

ELIXIR Portugal is a consortium of four Portuguese research institutions which are part of the national biological information network, BioData.pt. Like ELIXIR itself, the Portuguese Node is organized as a decentralized network of specialized centers, under a common hardware and software infrastructure, and with shared training and industry/entrepreneurship programmes.

The main focus of ELIXIR Portugal is the Woody Plants domain.

Woody plants are a major natural resource in Europe, with a huge ecological and economical impact, supporting millions of jobs across diverse industries (e.g., wine, fruit, olive oil, coffee, paper, timber, cork) and strongly contributing to the European GDP. In Portugal, woody plants represent 10% of the GDP, and are a central research domain in both academia and industry. Elixir Portugal aims to provide data, tools, standards, and training in this domain and thus contribute to build an ELIXIR framework that is of added-value to all woody plant based industries.

ELIXIR Portugal is also a major contributor to the ELIXIR network in terms of Training, as it is building upon the renowned Gulbenkian Training Programme in Bioinformatics to provide workshops and training courses of excellence in key topics for ELIXIR.

Node Partners

iBET, a private non-profit research organisation in the area of Biotechnology and Life Sciences that bridges academic and industrial research through partnerships, in the areas of Health-Pharma, Agro-Industry, Forestry, Agriculture and the Environment.

IGC, a research institute which aims to promote multidisciplinary science of excellence in basic Biological and Biomedical research and to provide international graduate teaching and structured training programmes.

INESC-ID, a non-profit R&D institute dedicated to advanced research and development in the fields of Information Technologies, Electronics, Communications, and Energy.

ITQB, is an interdisciplinary research and advanced training institute with a strong expertise in Molecular Biosciences, covered by four broad scientific disciplines: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Molecular and Structural Biology, Biotechnology and Systems Biology, and Chemical Biology.