Registration open for Genome Assembly and Annotation Course

Registration is now open for an advanced online course Genome Assembly and Annotation (GAA), which will take place May 3 – May 7 2021. The course is aimed at researchers interested in learning more about genome assembly and annotation, all the way from raw data to an assembled and annotated genome. There will be a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises using the Linux command line.

Please follow this link to register for the course. The registration is open March 30 – April 19. You will be able to access the course after your registration is approved by the course organizers. Confirmations will be sent out to accepted participants April 26. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance after the course.

  • Date: Monday May 3rd – Friday May 7th 2021 – every day from 09:00 CEST – 16:00 CEST
    • The course will take place online via a videolink.
    • Prerequisites: Mandatory to complete a short online Linux command line course prior to the event. Everyone who registers for the GAA course will get access to the Linux online course (see the registration form – link above – for more details).
    • Attendance limit: The course is limited to 25 people, and maximum 2 participants per national ELIXIR node (except Norway which allows participants from NORBIS). The course is an advanced course. The course organizers will select participants.
  • The course is free of charge.

Course teachers: Christophe Klopp (FR), Lucile Soler (SE), Mahesh Binzer-Panchal (SE), Nima Rafati (SE), Tomas Larsson (SE), Henrik Lantz (SE) and Erik Hjerde (NO).

HealthyCloud project launch

The HealthyCloud project (health research and innovation cloud) was launched on March 9. The project budget is €3million and the duration is 30 months (2.5 years). The goal is to build a system for the research use of health data, with a focus on Cancer and Atrial Fibrillations as case studies.

More details about the project can be found here.

Submit your project for BioHackathon Europe 2021

BioHackathon Europe is a yearly ELIXIR event for developers and bioinformaticians in the field of life sciences. It is attended by researchers from Europe, United States and Japan. ELIXIR membership is not required for participation. BioHackathon Europe 2021 will take place on November 8-12 in the face-to-face format in Barcelona (if the state of the Covid pandemic allows this), with an option to attend remotely.

Do you have a bioinformatics-related project idea that needs a little stimulus? You can submit your idea to BioHackathon organizers. The BioHackathon will bring together experts who can kick-start or drive your project forward. You can submit your proposals at this link. The deadline is April 1.

Elixir Innovation and SME Forum: Data-Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector

The ELIXIR forum for small and medium enterprises (SME) will take place online for 3 days between Wednesday, March 10 and Friday, March 12. The event features a mix of high-level keynote presentations and hands-on sessions. Participants will be able to interact with companies, academic institutions and ELIXIR partners from the fields of agriculture and biotechnology.

The target audience are researchers in academia and industry, large and small companies that develop services for data management and analysis, policymakers and funders, as well as anyone interested in the data-driven life sciences sector.

You can register for the event at this link where the event agenda is also available.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 February 2021

As the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is approaching, ELIXIR Members are preparing a campaign about inspirational women in science.

We are looking for:

  • Success stories that have improved gender equality in your Node.
  • Stories of forgotten women who revolutionised the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.
  • Inspirational women and men in ELIXIR.

Can you help us generate impact and celebrate the achievements? Nominate colleagues that inspired you and strived for gender equality. Tell us who was a role model that motivated you in your career.

You can vote anonymously at this link .

Webinar The importance of (open) infrastructures in responding to a pandemic

The webinar will take place online on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 17:00 – 18.00 CET. The webinar is the second session of the Galaxy-ELIXIR COVID-19 Webinar series. It will present data resources used to deposit and access SARS-CoV-2 data. You will also discuss the importance of open access data to efficiently respond to epidemic outbreaks.

The webinar requires registration. You can register (as well as learn more details about the event) at this link.