News and announcements

Weekly news 25.11.2019

The ELIXIR TeSS portal has a variety of interesting events and courses organised by the ELIXIR Nodes.

ELIXIR events

Webinar: Nextflow: Introduction and practical demonstration
TODAY 25 November 2019 | 11:00 CET | Webinar

Online: Training Platform "Ask us anything"
27 November 2019 | Teleconference

ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data management in the life sciences - a driver for innovation
27 - 28 November 2019 | Milan, Italy

Introduction to statistics (in R) 
20 - 23 January 2020 | Lausanne, Switzerland

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

CORBEL - Data visualisation in Biology (DEADLINE for applications 29 November)
16 - 20 March 2020 | Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Weekly news 21.10.2019

The slides and recording of the presentation on the ELIXIR Beacon & Beacon Network as a service are now available on the ELIXIR website.

ELIXIR Innovation and SME forum highlights from 'Distributed data analysis - the (health) data train' in Utrecht are available in the industry news release.

DNAstack have launched Clinical Evidence Beacons, extending from the GA4GH approved Beacon standard, as detailed in their latest news release.

We're pleased to announce the publication of the Intrinsically Disordered Protein (IDP) community's white paper in the ELIXIR F1000 channel. 

FAIDARE, the Plant Data Lookup service, is now fully operational both with Phenotyping and Genotyping data! Five data repositories from EBI, INRA, VIB, CIRAD and iBET are connected to this service, and others from Europe and beyond will be available soon.

BrAPI, the plant Breeding API, has a new publication out in Bioinformatics: BrAPI-an application programming interface for plant breeding applications.

We are delighted to announce a Memorandum of Understanding between FAIRsharing and DataCite to identify a set of criteria for the recommendation of research data repositories for the benefit of the broader research community. This project will be used to improve the recommendations that FAIRsharing provides to journal publisher and funder policy makers. 

Are you attending ICSB in Japan this year? De.NBI are hosting a full day satellite workshop on 31 October - "COMBINE & de.NBI Tutorial: Modelling and simulation tools in systems biology" with an impressive speaker lineup and agenda that still has a few spots remaining for free registration. 

EMBL-EBI have launched a new sister resource to the GWAS catalog for Polygenic scores - the PGS Catalog. As a new resource, they are seeking input into how to develop the resource to meet user needs. Please fill in and share their survey. You can find out more from this twitter thread.

ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data management in the life sciences - a driver for innovation
27 - 28 November 2019 | Milan, Italy

EMBO practical course: Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions
10 - 15 May 2020 | Izmir, Turkey

Weekly news 14.10.2019

Take a look at our news release, ELIXIR as a global actor in bioinformatics training, to find out about how the ELIXIR Training Platform is supporting training across the world. 

Can you can help drive the open source software community and make a positive contribution by taking part in Hacktoberfest 2019? Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate!

The final report of the project Towards a community-endorsed data steward profession for life science research, funded by ZonMw, DTL/ELIXIR-NL, UMC Groningen, Radboud University and UMC Utrecht is out now. Full details on the project can be found on the Zenodo website.

ELIXIR Finland have published a new case study on using AI for health risk assessments, with a specific focus on cardiovascular disease, presenting work by Andrea Ganna at FIMM.

EJP-RD Workshop and Hackathon: Molecular pathways for rare diseases - (FAIR) data analysis
26 - 29 November 2019 | Maastricht, Netherlands

ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data management in the life sciences - a driver for innovation
27 - 28 November 2019 | Milan, Italy

Gentle hands-on introduction to Python programming
9 - 10 January 2019 | Leuven, Belgium

Helis Academy - FAIR Data Stewardship course by DTL in Utrecht Nov 2019

From 4-6th November, 2019, we will give another round of the Helis Academy - FAIR Data Stewardship course:  

FAIR Data Stewardship – digital data scholarship for life scientists

The target audience is life scientists – from industry and academia – and graduate students in the Life Sciences who wish to improve their digital scholarship on data handling. Some basic experience with programming and scripting languages like python, perl, R, matlab, etc. are an advantage, but not needed. The course is also relevant for Data Stewards who are supporting the life science researchers.

The course will introduce the trainees to important concepts of data stewardship. We start with a general introduction covering the data life cycle, the FAIR principles and a definition of data stewardship and data stewards.

The course will introduce the trainees to important concepts of data stewardship. We start with a general introduction covering the data life cycle, the FAIR principles and a definition of data stewardship and data stewards.

We will pass the stages of the data life cycle in more detail in the training modules of this 3 day course.

  • Day 1: Why use a data management plan and what for? On day one trainees will investigate data management plans, which types are there and how they should be used. 
  • Day 2: Mastering the data chaos during the research phase. On day two the course highlights how to work with data during the research phase, explaining how to create well formatted data which helps in the second module of day two to make data interoperable already during the active research phase.
  • Day 3: Boost your visibility and get cited for your data! On day three trainees will have an in-depth at persistent identifiers, different use cases and types of identifiers. Finally we are closing the data life cycle by making data fit for sharing, archiving and publishing. The training is organised by DTLand delivered as a joint effort by DTL partners.


You can find all the information, including the full programme and registration possibilities here: This course is part of the Data Analysis and Stewardship theme of Helis Academy and is organised by DTL and DTL collaborators. Info about other courses in the theme of Data Analysis and Stewardship can be found on the Helis Academy website and on the Helis Academy page on the DTL website.


Weekly news 23.09.2019

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) have launched their 20th call for Proposals for Project Access. The call enables people to apply for access to high powered computer (Tier-0) systems. This year the applications are also open to Industry. Deadline 29 October 2019. 

The Data Platform have released a new paper in our F1000 channel "Understanding life sciences data curation practices via user research".   

ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Distributed data analysis - the {health} data train 10 - 11 October 2019 | Utrecht, Netherlands