News and announcements

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 

CodeRefinery workshop April 2-4

On April 2-4, 2019, Elixir Estonia together with the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) is hosting a CodeRefinery workshop for graduate students and researchers. The workshop will take place in Tartu.


The main focus is on professional tools for efficiently developing and maintaining research software.

Who the course is for?

Are you doing any of these things below:

  • You write scripts to process data.

  • You change scripts written by your colleagues.

  • You write code that is used in research by you or others.

If yes, then this course is for you. Most participants are not "professional code developers" or computer scientists.

Venue: University of Tartu Library, W. Struve 1, 51003, Seminar room Kodavere.


Space is limited and it will likely fill quickly. The workshop is free for everyone.


More information, agenda and registration here:


We hope to see you at the workshop!

Weekly news 25.02.2019

Radbound University (part of ELIXIR Netherlands) is organising a Summer School Integrative X-omics analyses empowering personalized healthcare on 1-5 July 2019 in Nijmegen.

Registrations are open for the SIB course on “NGS - Genome variant analysis”, in Bern on 29-30 April 2019.

The registrations are open for the ELIXIR Finland course Variant analysis with GATK in Helsinki, Finland, on 14.-17 May 2019.

5-6 March 2019 | Stockholm, Sweden ELIXIR Innovation and SME event: Genomics and Associated Data in National Healthcare Initiatives


Weekly news 14.01.2019

Application are open for CORBEL Data Visualisation for Biology: a practical workshop on design, techniques and tools in Hinxton, UK, on 11-15 March 2019. The registration deadline is on 25 January 2019.

The ELIXIR Plant Community is pleased to announce that MIAPPE version 1.1, an updated specification of the Minimal Information About a Plant Phenotyping Experiment, has been officially released. Work is now commencing on the next version of MIAPPE, v2.0 and further improvements can be suggested via

DTL & ELIXIR Netherlands in collaboration with the French, UK, and German Nodes, is organising an event Boost Your Visibility – Improving “F” of FAIR for Dutch Training and Data Resources through Bioschemas in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The pre-registration is now open.

EMBL-EBI is organising a training course Metagenomics Bioinformatics on 10-13 June 2019 in Hinxton, UK. The registration is now open.

Applications are open for the ELIXIR Italy course Single Cell RNA Sequencing and Data Analysis, on 7-10 May 2019 at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), Italy.

Applications are open for the ELIXIR Switzerland (SIB) courses NGS - Quality control, Alignment, Visualisation, Bern, 27 February - 1 March 2019 and Python for Life Scientists, Bern, 4-6 March 2019

ELIXIR Luxembourg is hiring Research Associate in the field of clinical and translational medicine informatics (postdoctoral position) to support the ELIXIR coordinated IMI project FAIRPlus.

IRB Barcelona (part of ELIXIR Spain) is currently looking to hire a talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology group.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (part of ELIXI Spain) is looking for a highly motivated Research Engineer to join the Computational Genomics group.

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (part of ELIXIR Netherlands) has an open tenure track position in Bioinformatics or Statistical Machine Learning. Applications need to be received by 19 December 2018.