News and announcements

Weekly news 02.04.2019

Please note that registration is now open for the  ELIXIR EXCELERATE course "Single cell RNA-seq data analysis with R" which takes place 27.-29.5.2019 at CSC in Espoo (Helsinki), Finland. This hands-on course covers several aspects of single cell RNA-seq data analysis, ranging from clustering and differential gene expression analysis to trajectories, cell type identification and spatial transcriptomics. The course is organized by ELIXIR Finland in collaboration with ELIXIR Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands and France, and it is free of charge.

The application deadline for the course is 16.4.2019. Participants are selected based on their motivation description, and we will also do our best to ensure that every country / research group gets at least one representative in the course. For registration and more information, please see the course website at

The BioHackathon2019 call for hacking projects will close on 7 April. Submission of proposals will be coordinated through Easychair bh2019; if you have any questions contact Jen Harrow (

BioContainers presents two new features: (1) users can trace the usage of every container on the registry page. (2) a similarity component  between all containers taking into account the metadata. At the end for each container, there is a set of suggestions for similar containers. See blast


Registration is open for the BioExcel Summer School on Biomolecular Simulations, taking place in Pula, Italy on 30 June - 5 July 2019. The summer school includes lectures and hands-on sessions on Molecular Dynamics simulations, Biomolecular Docking, QM/MM, Free energy calculations and advanced sampling methods (Metadynamics).
Registration to the PRACE/BioExcel Seasonal School HPC for Life Sciences is now open. The programme will allow participants to get a comprehensive understanding of the usage of the different codes; their scalability and performance, as well as ways to avoid potential issues; and learn the best practices about using them on HPC systems.

The next CORBEL webinar titled “A Basic Introduction to Bioimage Analysis” featuring Christian Tischer from the EMBL Centre for Bioimage Analysis (CBA), will take place on 11 April 2019 at 15:30 CEST.

Advanced R Programming for Bioinformatics Summer School in Visby (10-20.06.2019)

Dear Colleagues, 


Between 10-20 June 2019, Elixir-SE (National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden) is organising RaukR, Advanced R Programming for Bioinformatics Summer School in Visby (Gotland, Sweden). 

We will cover a broad range of topics including writing R packages, reproducible research with R, using tidyverse packages, creating publication-quality plots with ggplot2 and working with GitHub, maps, machine learning and advanced statistics. W

Our guests, Jenny Bryan (RStudio, UBC), and Yhui Xie (RStudio) will share their knowledge and expertise with us!

You are welcome to register (no later than 01.04.2019) on:

More info on:

Please, spread the word! 


On behalf of the Organising Committee,

Marcin Kierczak, Sebastian DiLorenzo

Marcin Kierczak, PhD
Bioinformatics data scientist

Bioinformatics Long-term Support (WABI)
National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden at SciLifeLab

BMC E10:3206, entrance C11
Husargatan 3, SE-752 37 Uppsala

Weekly news 25.03.2019

Open-access online tutorial How to install and deploy Beacon has been launched on the ELIXIR Slovenia eLearning Platform. The tutorial is also registered as TeSS material. The tutorial contains learning materials provided by Beacon developers from ELIXIR Finland and ELIXIR Spain. They contain instructions for Beacon installation and deployment, available as text and video.

Registrations are open for the Advanced Bioinformatics Workshop held together with the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School at the ICTP in Trieste, Italy, from 19 - 23 August 2019. The workshop will provide an introduction to Machine Learning in omic data analysis, as well as automation approaches using CWL and Docker. The workshop is supported by ELIXIR and being organized by Fotis Psomopoulos (ELIXIR Greece)

The Galaxy Community is pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 2019 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2019) are now open.

Registrations are open for two HPC workshops in Utrecht Netherlands, organised by ELIXIR Netherlands and SURFsara: Cluster Computing for Life Sciences on 23-24 April 2019 and Deep Learning for Life Sciences on 9 May 2019.

Join full-day Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp organized by FOSTER, CESSDA, ELIXIR and DANS: Open Science and Research Data Management Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp, Wednesday 17th April 09:00-17:00, The Hague, The Netherlands.




Weekly news 18.03.2019

The first ELIXIR Bioinformatics Supplier Forum will take place in London on 7 May 2019. The programme and registration are available through the ELIXIR webiste.

The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum took place on 5 March in Stockholm, Sweden. The topic was Genomics and Associated Data in National Healthcare Initiatives, the presentations of Illumina, Genomics England, AstraZeneca and others. The photos and slides are now available online.

The BioHackathon2019 call for hacking projects is now open and will close on 7 April. Submission of proposals will be coordinated through Easychair bh2019 and if you have any questions please contact Jen Harrow ( 

If your role involves the management, storage, transformation and annotation of data in order to answer biological questions, take part in an online survey to map the landscape of biocuration, the resources and tools used and the training that is available and required.

Registrations are open for the Bioinformatics Education Summitaimed at bioinformatics trainers and educators. The event will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 14-17 May 2019 and is being organised by H3ABioNet in collaboration with ELIXIR, GOBLET and the ISCB Education Committee. The meeting will focus on developing guidelines and materials for bioinformatics trainers.

Registrations are open for four SIB courses:

Registrations are open for the ELIXIR Software Carpentry in Ljubljana on 16-17 May 2019. The workshop is organised by ELIXIR Slovenia in cooperation with Data & Software Carpentry and will focus on the basics of the R programming language. There is no registration fee. The limit of participants is 20.

University of Ljubljana and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia is organizing a Symposium Systems Medicine in Clinical Practice under the ERA-NET initiative ERACoSysMed. Ljubljana, Slovenia, 10-11 June 2019. Registration is open!

Registrations are open for the course PDA19 - Proteomics Data Analysis on 1-5 April 2019 with Lennart Martens, Harald Barsnes and Lieven Clement. The deadline for applications is on 25 March.

Registrations are open for the ELIXIR Greece Carpentries workshop, June 3-4, at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens Greece. The course will address core concepts on Unix, Git and Data Analysis and Visualization in R.

Registrations are open for the course, Summer School - Bioinformatics for Biologists: An introduction to Data Exploration, Statistics and Reproducibility, 1-5 July 2019, Cambridge, UK.  The course will focus on solutions around handling biological data and will cover introductory lessons in data manipulation and visualisation in R, statistical analyses, and reproducibility.  The Registration is now open!

Registrations are open for the ELIXIR-UK course Transcriptome Analysis for Non-Model Organisms, April 15-17, Cambridge, UK. This course provides an overview of modern applications of transcriptome sequencing and popular tools, and algorithms, for exploring transcript reconstruction and expression analysis in a genome-free manner.

Registrations are open for the Genome assembly and annotation course 5, to take place in Milan, Italy, on 1-5 July 2019. The course is organized by ELIXIR Italy in cooperation with ELIXIR France, Sweden and Slovenia.

Registrations are now open for the ELIXIR Finland course Variant analysis with GATK on 14-17 May 2019 in Espoo, Finland.

ELIXIR Luxembourg is running its annual R tidyverse course in Luxembourg, May 14-17, 2019. In this four day course, D1 and D2 are devoted to introduction to the basic tidyverse packages, D3 are advanced topics and changes, D4 is BYOD/project work. Registration is open!

Registrations are open for the ELIXIR Belgium workshop on Computing skills for reproducible research: Software Carpentry on 16-17 April 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

Registrations are open for two HPC workshops in Utrecht Netherlands, organised by ELIXIR Netherlands and SURFsara: Cluster Computing for Life Sciences on 23-24 April 2019 and Deep Learning for Life Sciences on 9 May 2019.





Biocuration survey

On behalf of our ELIXIR colleagues, please find time to contribute to a biocuration survey.


Dear colleagues,

we would need your help to disseminate a survey among all scientists you may know. Please forward it as much as possible.

This survey is part of an ELIXIR Implementation Study designed to map the landscape of biocuration, the resources and tools used, and the training that is available and required.

It is addressed to scientists who may have a role in the management, storage, transformation and annotation of data and that in order to help answer biological questions. Your answers would help us understand who does this work, which tools and resources are used, or what are the training needs.

You can launch the survey by following this link: 

We greatly value your contribution and look forward to sharing the outcomes with you.

Best wishes,

Sarah, Alex, Melissa (ELIXIR-EMBL-EBI),  Pete (FAIRsharing/ELIXIR-UK), and Patricia (SIB/ELIXIR-CH).

On behalf of the Elixir Implementation Study - Mapping the landscape of Biocuration in ELIXIR: Practice, capability and training requirements