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ELIXIR Estonia

The purpose of ELIXIR is to construct and operate a sustainable infrastructure for biological information in Europe to support life science research and its translation to medicine and the environment, the bio-industries and society. These resources include databases, software tools, training materials, cloud storage and supercomputers.

The goal of ELIXIR is to coordinate these resources so that they form a single high quality infrastructure. This coordinated infrastructure makes it easier for researchers to find and share data, analyse their experiments, exchange knowledge, and agree on best practices.

Estonia joined ELIXIR as a full member in December 2013. The Estonian node focuses on developing and maintaining software tools and databases, linking of bioinformatics and biobanking, and last but not least, training researchers across borders.

Estonian ELIXIR Node is led by University of Tartu. Other partners are Tallinn University of Technology, National Institute for Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn University, and Estonian University of Life Sciences.


Autumn semester 2024 free ELIXIR courses in Estonia will be announced in the second part of the year

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ELIXIR Estonia participated in Infectious Diseases Toolkit (IDTk) Contentathon 2024

Last week of May BY-COVID Project partners from SciLifeLab, The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, BBMRI-ERIC, ELIXIR Belgium and ELIXIR Estonia gathered to Tallinn to advance the Infectious Diseases Toolkit content. We published 5! new pages and a few more will be released soon.

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Online workshop: Strategies for training and knowledge exchange with a consulting perspective

Join this workshop if you are interested in:

  • learning evidence-based best practices for teaching
  • how to create a positive environment for learners at your workshops
  • how to provide opportunities for you to practise and improve your teaching skills.
  • how to survey people’s training needs
  • learning how to get the most out of any consulting possibilities you offer
  • how to effectively manage tasks and projects
  • how to initiate new projects and how to prioritise
  • learning how to balance consultancy, training, and IT tasks

Registration deadline: June 7, 2024

Date: June 25, 2024 - June 26, 2024, From 09:00 to 16:00 (CEST)

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Course in Zürich, Switzerland: Enzymes: Best Practices in Programming

If the answer to two or more of the following questions is “yes”, then this course is for you.

  • Do you write software to analyze data or implement in-silico models as part of your daily work?
  • Do you write scientific publications based on software you created yourself but do not know what unit testing, refactoring or version control are?
  • Are you writing code that you find hard to understand some weeks later?
  • Do you have thousands of lines of code, but no automated way of verifying that the code works correctly?
  • Do you find yourself regularly using “copy & paste” to re-use code you wrote earlier?
  • Do small changes in your code later cause trouble in other unexpected places?

Registration deadline: 17 June 2024

Date: 03 - 04 July 2024

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Webinar: Where do I start with FAIRification of sensitive data?

This workshop will present a general overview of data sensitivity in relation to sharing and reuse; two presentations on aspects of sensitive data in different research areas; a focus on Persistent Identifiers and data handling of sensitive data; and an opportunity to join in the discussion with the presenters and with each other.

Date: 25th June at 14:00-15:15 CEST

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Webinar: How FAIRsharing helps you enable FAIR: focus on standards, repositories and policies

This workshop is designed for trainers, anyone developing or maintaining repositories, standards, and policies, librarians, data stewards, and those assisting researchers. However, all Life Science research data community members and beyond – including researchers themselves – are most welcome.

Date: 27 June 2024

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Webinar: Make your research FAIRer with Quarto, GitHub and Zenodo

This course is addressed to computational biologists, bioinformaticians, researchers, scientists and trainers working in the life sciences who want to learn how to make their research and training FAIRer with reproducible notebooks and websites.

Application deadline: 28 June 2024

Date: 12 July 2024

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Course at Luxembourg: Train the Trainer

This ELIXIR Train the Trainer (TtT) course is aimed at everyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher. In particular, this training is aimed at those who want to become a experienced ELIXIR instructor, run workshops and develop training materials. You don’t currently have to be an instructor or a teacher to attend this workshop, but you will be expected to be willing and committed to becoming one and to improve your teaching techniques.

Date: 3-5 July

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Course in Lausanne, Switzerland: Biodiversity bioinformatics- from large-scale phylogenomics to gene families and functions

This course is aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral and other researchers in the life sciences who are planning how to proceed with comparative genomics analyses to investigate biological or evolutionary questions of importance to their study system, particularly to leverage comparative genomics tools and resources to characterise the gene repertoires of their non-model species.

Application deadline: 16 July 2024

Date: 26 - 28 August 2024

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Webinar: ISMARA and CREMA: automatically inferring gene regulatory networks from gene expression, chromatin accessibility or epigenome data

This course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs and researchers in life sciences wanting to make computational inferences about gene regulation from gene expression data, chromatin accessibility and epigenetic mark data. The course is targeted to a wide audience ranging from computational biologists and bioinformatics researchers who regularly analyse transcriptome and epigenome data, to experimental researchers interested in inferring key regulatory interactions in their own data.

Application deadline: 28 August 2024

Date: 30 August 2024

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Course in Uppsala, Sweden: FAIR Training Material by Design

This course is composed of 7 sessions, based on the FAIR training handbook and 10 simple rules to make material FAIR publication. All sessions are structured in a way that complement each other aiming to introduce participants with a theoretical & hands-on approach of how to create FAIR material by design.

Registration: 11. April 2024 until 23- August 2024

Date: 18 - 19 September 2024

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MOOC: Reproducible Research II: Practices and tools for managing computations and data

In this MOOC, we will show you how to improve your practices and your ability to manage and process larger amounts of data, complex computations, while controlling your software environment.

Enrollment: Apr 02, 2024 to Sep 04, 2024 Course: May 16, 2024 to Sep 12, 2024

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Asynchronous e-learning course: Identifiers in Bioinformatics

Want to learn about identifiers used in bioinformatics? This asynchronous e-learning course can be completed online, at the desired pace and in the absence of an instructor.

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Asynchronous e-learning course: Interoperable File Formats

In an era when data is being produced at unprecedented speed and in many different formats, data interoperability is key to sharing and archiving data. In this 1-h course, you will learn why file format is essential to interoperability, the criteria that file formats must fulfill to be interoperable, common interoperable file formats and how to convert a file to an interoperable format.

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