About us


ELIXIR is an inter-governmental organisation which builds on existing data resources and services within Europe. It follows a ‘Hub and Nodes‘ model, with a single Hub located alongside EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK and a growing number of Nodes located at centres of excellence throughout Europe. Governments and ministries of countries are members of the ELIXIR consortium, and the scientific community in each member country develops their national Node.

ELIXIR Slovenia

ELIXIR Slovenia (ELIXIR-SI) is a Slovenian node of ELIXIR coordinated by Faculty of Medicine in the name of University of Ljubljana. Besides other members of University of Ljubljana (Biotechnical Faculty, Faculty of Computer and Information Science and Veterinary Faculty), ELIXIR-SI members are Slovenian research organizations who signed the National Node Consortium Agreement.


ELIXIR-SI is actively upgrading the existing and is establishing new infrastructure in the Slovenian research area through three pillars:

  1. national infrastructure for obtaining high-density data with high-throughput laboratory technologies (genomic technologies),
  2. a central national data node for life sciences and
  3. center for education and training in life sciences (usage of bioinformatic tools, analysis and services).

The upgrade was funded by European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. Funding has finished in mid 2021.

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ELIXIR-SI management

Brane Leskošek
Head of ELIXIR-SI node (HoN):
Brane Leskošek
contact: elixir@mf.uni-lj.si
Marko Cotman
President of ELIXIR-SI Board:
Marko Cotman
ELIXIR-SI SAB (Scientific Advisory Board)
Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon (France)
Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon (France)
Bengt Persson (Sweden)
Nils Peder Willassen (Norway)



DEPUTY: Tanja Kunej


DEPUTY: Blaž Zupan


DEPUTY: Brane Leskošek


DEPUTY: Gregor Majdič


DEPUTY: Tomi Dolenc


DEPUTY: Dragi Kocev


DEPUTY: Nada Kraševec


REPRESENTATIVE: Barbara Gerič Stare
DEPUTY: Jelka Šuštar Vozlič


REPRESENTATIVE: Kristina Gruden DEPUTY: Špela Baebler



DEPUTY: Tinka Hovnik



DEPUTY: Polonca Ferk

ELIXIR-SI Partners & Board Members

Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS)​

The Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS) is the leading research institute in the field of agriculture in Slovenia. It comprehensively deals with the issues of modern agriculture and is expanding its activities into the fields of environmental protection and ecology. As a public research institute KIS performs fundamental, applied and development research and specialist tasks in agriculture, publishes the results of scientific research work as well as professional and supervision work, performs tasks based on authorizations and accreditations and checks the quality of agricultural products and products used in agriculture.


The Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (ARNES) is a public institute that provides network services to research, educational and cultural organizations, and enables them to establish connections and cooperation with each other and with related organizations abroad.


As a member of GEANT, Arnes maintains national e-infrastructure for research&educational community, offering its cloud resources and services including computational and storage resources, videoconferencing and collaboration tools.


Arnes also co-ordinates Slovenian consortium for HPC, distributed high-throughput computing and open science data (SLING), and manages national authentication and authorization federation ArnesAAI (member of EduGAIN) to help users from R&E access services and resources.


National Institute of Biology (NIB)

National Institute of Biology (NIB, est. 1960) is the largest independent Public Research Institution for Life Sciences in Slovenia. NIB’s diverse research undertakings revolve around solutions to environmental, agricultural, food and human health issues. Its primary activity has been and continues to be basic, developmental and applicative research in the fields of biotechnology, biophysics, biomedicine, bioinformatics and systems biology.

At NIB, ELIXIR and ELIXIR-SI activities are coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology, with a strong focus on plant related bioinformatics and systems biology and is the co-leader of the Plant Science Community within ELIXIR.

Members of the Department have developed several tools and approaches to extract biological information from complex omics datasets. Starting with functionally describing gene products using functional ontologies (GoMapMan), an approach of experimental data set integration with prior knowledge networks was developed (DiNAR). Combined with network analysis the developed tools were successfully used for identification of important regulatory hubs in plant immunity, but their general nature allow use in different fields of plant biology and beyond. An extension of these analyses was the collaboration with the Department of Knowledge Technologies (IJS, Slovenia) in Biomine Explorer construction.

At the level of analysis of raw/primary data we developed tools for simplification of qPCR data analysis and organisation (quantGenious), pipelines for RNA-Seq data analytics and R-based solutions for differential gene expression analyses, plant-specific image analysis pipelines in Matlab and a tool for experimental project data organisation aimed at experimental scientists (pISA-tree). We are also involved in development of community standards, in the H2020 project ELIXIR-EXCELERATE consortium we have extended a plant standard for phenotyping (MIAPPE).


National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH)

National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH) is the central and largest Slovenian public health laboratory that handles environmental protection, diagnostic and public health microbiological services, chemical and microbiological analyses of different types of samples, and also performs research activities.


The laboratory provides services for the state, especially in area of surveillance, as well as official inspection and supervision under the competence of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, and the Ministry of Defence.


We also offer our services to clients on the free market. In collaboration with other Slovenian and foreign institutes, we participate in national and international research, applicative, and consulting projects.

Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS)

The Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS) is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering.


IJS accumulates and disseminates the knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology to the benefit of society at large through the pursuit of education, learning, research, and development of high technology at the highest international levels of excellence.


The relevant department at JSI for ELIXIR is the Department of Knowledge Technologies

National Institute of Chemistry (KI)

The National Institute of Chemistry (KI) is the second largest natural sciences research institute in Slovenia. Research at KI is divided into two major fields: life and materials science.
KI is expanding knowledge of chemistry and associated studies, transferring knowledge to younger generations and applying newly acquired knowledge in industry.

University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UKCLJ)

University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UKCLJ) is the largest tertiary health care institution in Slovenia and one of important drivers of biomedical research in the region.

UKCLJ pursues health care, education and research and is committed to providing safe, high quality and standardised patient care.

Clinical Institute of Special Laboratory Diagnostics (CISLD), University Children’s Hospital, UMC Ljubljana

a) Genomics Department

  • Unit of molecular genetics
  • NGS unit
  • Unit of Bioinformatics

b) Cytogenetic Department

  • Cell Lab
  • Karyotype and FISH analysis unit

c) Biobank

d) Clinical Genetics Department

We are:

  • Administrators of National contact point for rare diseases
  • Administrators of Slovenian Rare Disease registry

The University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UMCL)/Department of Rheumatology

UMCL is the largest public medical institution in Slovenia providing diagnostics and therapy, as well as promoting clinical research and education, with the aim of encouraging innovative/applicable knowledge for the benefit of patients. The national research program entitled »Systemic Autoimmune Diseases« (#P3-0314), within the Department of Rheumatology/Laboratory of Immunology, represents a dynamic environment for research of inflammatory rheumatic diseases with multidisciplinary approaches. In the future, our research will be geared toward new technologies, such as single-cell RNA sequencing and spatial positioning, in order to reflect our overall strategy for comprehensive understanding of cell/tissue functional organization and pathophysiology, providing insight into disease mechanisms/processes and novel therapies.

University of Ljubljana (UL)

University of Ljubljana (UL) is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. It is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured in accordance with the Bologna Declaration.

UL participating institutions in ELIXIR-SI are:

  • Faculty of Medicine (UL MF)

    • ELIXIR-SI centre
      • National archive of genomic and connected (clinical) data

        • part of federated EGA

        • including internal Archive UL MF

      • Laboratory for Single cell analyses (LePA) at UL MF
      • Central laboratory for high-throughput genomic technologies in Maribor (ELIXIR-SILVR)
      • Laboratory for general molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell culture and bacterial culture work
      • Laboratory for high throughput transcriptome and genome analyses
      • The CFGBC laboratories are registered for:
        • Genetically modified organisms safety level 1 (GMO-1)
        • Genetically modified organisms safety level 2 (GMO-2) and Biological safety level 2 (BSL-2) are in the process of certification
  • Faculty of Computer and Information Science (UL FRI)

  • Biotechnical Faculty (UL BF) 

    • Biotechnical faculty, Department of Animal Science
    • Biotechnical faculty, Department of Biology
    • Biotechnical faculty, Department of Food Science
    • Biotechnical faculty, Department of Agronomy
  • Veterinary Faculty (UL VF)

University of Maribor (UM)

University of Maribor (UM) is with its 19 members (17 faculties, University Library and Student Homes) the second largest and second oldest university in Slovenia. It hosts around 13500 students and around 2000 employees and plays a vital role in the cohesion region East Slovenia. It represents an autonomous research and education facility which fosters development of new knowledge and its transfer into environment in the areas of natural, social, technical and medical sciences. It strives to attract the best students as well as to host scientific and educational excellence.
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