News and announcements

EMBO practical course in population genomics in Italy

ELIXIR-IIB is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the EMBO practical course in population genomics, this year there will be added emphasis on programming and machine learning applied to population genomics.

Registration deadline is 28 January 2020

This EMBO Practical Course will cover coalescent theory, the effect of demography in space and time, genetic clustering, the detection and quantification of admixture and selection. Lectures on these topics will be complemented by hands-on computer practicals introducing a wide range of software packages, both in R and Python.

This course is aimed at evolutionary biologists who already have basic bioinformatics skills. The main criterion for selection will be how much a candidate can benefit from the course. This implies that PhD students and Postdoc researchers will likely be favoured; however, applications from candidates at all levels will be considered.

Fellowships to cover travel expenses and for childcare are available.

ELIXIR Weekly News 13.01.2020

ELIXIR Spain will be hosting ECCB 2020 in Sitges, near Barcelona 5 - 9 September 2020. Please note the deadline for the call for workshops/SIG applications and tutorial applications is 30 January

publication on “Data Stewardship Wizard” has been released in the Data Science Journal. The Data Stewardship Wizard is a tool for data management focusing on getting the most value out of data management planning.

The Galaxy Machine Learning workbench is now available in Galaxy and provides you with the a Swiss Army knife of scikit-learnKeras (a deep learning library based on TensorFlow) and various other tools to manipulate, convert and plot your data.



Weekly news 16.12.2019

The last Gallantries Project face-to-face meeting took place at INAB | CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece 9-10 December. During this meeting the R and RStudio lessons within Galaxy were refactored, along with a pop-up course on making volcano plots in R. Helena Rache put out a blog-post on this, and materials were shared by the Galaxy twitter channel.

ELIXIR-CZ have created a very engaging animated video all about ELIXIR and the Czech Node. Features FAIR data and ELIXIR AAI. Well worth a watch! 

ELIXIR Finland has published a new article about ELIXIR Compute Platform for life and health sciences. Read to find out about how the Compute Platform has helped research across multiple ELIXIR Communities. 

The Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL) have released their 2019 highlights newsletter. Read on to find out about their activities with ELIXIR and beyond. 

FAIRplus Innovation and SME Forum: Implementing FAIR data principles in industrial life science research
29 January 2020 | Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Innovation and SME Forum: Data Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector
24 -25 March 2020 | Lyon, France

Weekly news 09.12.2019

The Finnish IT Centre for Science (CSC) have published a new video: 'How do I authorise access to my sensitive data?'. Explaining the process of making your data open, the data access committee and authorisation tool. 

recent article published in Science on how GDPR affects international biomedical research features comments from members of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) including Deputy Head of Node for ELIXIR Spain Salvador Capella. 

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Life project recently released their second newsletter. You can sign up here to find out about their news and events. 

Best practices in research data management and stewardship 27 - 28 January 2020 | Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Data visualisation for biology: A practical workshop on design, techniques and tools 16 - 20 March 2020 | Hinxton, Cambridge, UK


Weekly news 02.12.2019

Galaxy have loaded fully consented genome sequences from 10 individuals from the Personal Genomes Project (PGP) along with transcriptomic and methylomic data in collaboration with PGP to facilitate training within the platform. These data are open and available to be looked at within Galaxy and please feedback to if you require specific analysis on this data.

The ELIXIR Tools Platform published a paper "Towards FAIR principles for research software". The paper analyses how FAIR principles can be applied to software, as opposed to data. It also explores whether existing FAIR principles can be applied directly to software, or where they need to be adapted or reinterpreted. This publication coincides with the launch of website, which provides recommendations on ways to improve the quality and reproducibility of software.

The programme of SIB training courses for 2020 is now online. Over 20 courses are already planned, and lots more are yet to come!  The topics covered span areas such as NGS and other omics data analysis, single-cell, statistics, programming, machine learning, and several SIB resources.