ScienceEurope and OECD have published a report on optimising the use of national research infrastructures

ScienceEurope and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a joint report on how to improve national research infrastructures. The report is focused on the state of infrastructure in 12 OECD member states: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, UK and USA. The report can be accessed at this link .

European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) is taking place

The 19th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) is taking place between August 31 and September 8. The event this year is virtual because of the Covid-19 pandemics. It is organized by ELIXIR Spain since the event was originally planned to take place in Barcelona in the traditional face-to-face format. The ECCB 2020 is a forum that brings together scientific communities from all over the globe for networking and keeping pace with cutting edge research in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology fields. It is the largest meeting for these scientific disciplines in Europe this year. The meeting program is available at this link .

Anyone interested to attend the event can still register (here is the link to the registration form). Participation fee has to be paid when you register – the fee is between 10 and 90 €, depending on the country, academic position and membership in the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). There is a reduced fee for group registration. The price list is available on the registration form page.

Registration for Virtual ELIXIR Biohackathon is still possible

ELIXIR Biohackathon is a yearly event that brings together developers working on all major ELIXIR projects, as well as external partners from countries outside ELIXIR such as the United States and Japan. This year the Biohackathon will take place November 9-13 in a virtual format due to the Covid-19 pandemics. There are less than 100 seats still left so everyone interested to participate should hurry up and register for the Biohackathon at this link. Registration is cost-free. In the registration form you can hand-pick the project that you want to attend at the Biohackathon from a long list of exciting topics (check out the list of topics here).

Webinar: ELIXIR Training Platform resources & services for Communities

The webinar is intended for ELIXIR Community members who want to develop training courses and materials. It will take place on Wednesday, 9 September 2020 at 12:00-13:00 CEST.

The presenters will cover how you can contribute to the Training Platform and benefit from its services. The presenters will also cover the impact of training, the best impact metrics, and training optimization strategies.

You can register for the event at this link.

1+MG survey about genomic datasets

The European 1+ Million Genomes Initiative (1+MG) wants to find out which genomic datasets and corresponding phenotypic/clinical information are already available in the participating countries. The initiative also wants to know the obstacles for sharing data.

The survey is available on the European Commission’s EU Survey platform. The survey results will be used to develop technical and policy solutions.

The bioinformatics wealth of nations

What is the impact of bioinformatics publications from countries around the globe? Colleagues from ELIXIR Greece wrote this revealing paper that highlights the high productivity of top 40 countries in the world in bioinformatics research. These countries generate 96 % of the entire world’s scientific output in bioinformatics.

Published article

We are proud to announce that an article where ELIXIR-SI members are co-authors has been published. You can read the article “A framework to assess the quality and impact of bioinformatics training across ELIXIR” here.

ELIXIR-SI eLearning Platform among ELIXIR Training Platform services

The ELIXIR-SI eLearning Platform (EeLP) is now listed on the ELIXIR Europe website as one of the ELIXIR Training Platform services. This is another recognition for the creators of the platform which enables a single access point to all materials, information, tools and services for ELIXIR training courses.

In a little more than four years since the platform launch we already hosted 37 courses, and this number is expected to grow as existing face-to-face courses are transformed into e-learning courses due to the COVID-19 pandemics.

Virtual ELIXIR All Hands Meeting concluded successfully

The ELIXIR All Hands Meeting (AHM), an annual meeting of all ELIXIR contributors, took place online on June 8-12. Our Node actively participated in the presentation of the Service Bundle concept for education about rare diseases. The Bundle will link e-learning with cloud computing infrastructure. Our goal is to organize training courses using high-performance computers for practical training. ELIXIR Slovenia also took part in the presentation of the ELIXIR Training Platform at the Human Data Community annual meeting that was part of AHM.