News and announcements

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.



Boost your Bioinformatics Backchat - ELIXIR ESFRI 5y Celebration week 17.12.2018

Boost your Bioinformatics Backchat

Facilitating communication between individuals from different academic backgrounds in the bioinformatics space





Date: 17 December 2018

Time: 9:30-14:45 

Venue: University of Tartu, Estonia (Ülikooli 17 115/116)

Trainer: Kim Gurwitz, University of Cambridge

ELIXIR ESFRI 5y Celebration Week


Audience: Biologists and Computer Scientists (and others) working in the field of Bioinformatics - maximum 14 participants. Registration is available here


This workshop aims to:

- enable workshop participants to develop an understanding of what the other bioinformatics subgroups actually do

- act as a springboard to improve communication between Bioinformatics subgroups (i.e. Biologists and Computer Scientists)

- facilitate the development of a culture of knowledge-sharing between Bioinformatics subgroups



Time (EET)


9:30 - 10:00


10:00 – 10:10


10:10 – 10:30

What do Biologists and Computer Scientists do?  No seriously, what do they really do?

10:30 – 10:45

How did you get into Bioinformatics, anyway?

10:45 – 11:15

tea/coffee break

11:15 – 11:45

What is a cluster? What is DNA?

11:45 – 12:00

Bioinformatics users vs. scientists vs. engineers

12:00 – 12:15

Opening up dialogue

12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 13:30

Continuing dialogue

13:30 – 14:00

Action plan write up and commitments

14:00 – 14:15

Action plan feedback

14:15 – 14:30

Workshop reflections



*subject to slight changes

Mini workshop about data management 13th December 2018

Most researchers know that data management is an important part of their work and is essential for getting the most out of your data. But what exactly is data management and what can you do to ensure that you’re managing your data well?

In this mini workshop you will learn what to consider when managing life science data and gain hints and tips for submitting your data to a public resource.

Dr. Melissa Burke and Dr. Sarah Morgan from EMBL-EBI training team (see more about them) will share best practicies, trips and tricks about managing your scientific data.

Registration and participation is free of charge. Up to 20 participants can take part. Please register here.

The workshop will take place at Ülikooli 17 (Paabel) on 13th of December at 9:30–12:30.