is a non-for-profit private association of 14 R&I organizations. is the Portuguese distributed infrastructure for biological data and the Portuguese ELIXIR node. supports the national scientific system through best practices in data management and state of the art data analysis.

It interfaces with both academia and industry, making research available for innovation, namely in sectors such as agro-food and forestry, sea, and health. services include ELIXIR services such as our training programme and computing facilities, as well as consulting services in data analysis and management, and a number of community services.

Who we are



Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo (CEBAL), Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR), Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL),Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET), Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID), Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC-FCG), Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Aveiro (UAveiro), Unidade de Ciências Biomoleculares Aplicadas (UCIBIO), Universidade de Coimbra (UCoimbra), Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa (FMUL), Universidade do Minho (UMinho), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA).

Our organisation


organograma is overseen by the General Assembly, composed by the legal representatives of its associates.

The Administration Council is responsible for managing 

The External Advisory Board is composed of 3-5 external experts providing regular assessment and advice to the technical and scientific activities of

The Fiscal Council oversees accounting.

The ELIXIR PT Head of Node leads the Portuguese Node of ELIXIR and ensures the fulfillment of its commitment before the European ELIXIR consortium.



The operational branch of is organised in three categories:

Communities - gather researchers that identify gaps in data management, tools and computing resources in different life science domains (e.g. plants, microbiotechnology, sea and health). 

Platforms - support communities to fill the gaps, creating new services and training modules. 

Services - developed and maintained by for the national and international  R&I community.

Board of the General Assembly

President: Ana Teresa Freitas

1st Secretary: Ricardo Leite

2nd Secretary: Isabel Pereira Rocha


Administration Council

President: Miguel Pereira Rocha

Vice-President: Cátia Calisto Pesquita

Vice-President: Irina de Sousa Moreira

Member: Cymon Cox

Member: José Luís Oliveira


Executive Director: Inês Chaves



Head of Node: Ana Teresa Freitas (IST)

Deputy Head of Node: Inês Chaves (

Node Coordinator: Mariana de Freitas (

Deputy Node Coordinator: Gil Poiares-Oliveira (INESC-ID)

Technical Coordinator: Sérgio Matos (UA)

Deputy Technical Coordinator: Jorge Oliveira (IST)

Training Coordinator: Tiago Paixão (IGC)


ELIXIR Board Members Representing Portugal

Funding Agency Representative: Marta Abrantes (FCT)

Scientific Representative: Miguel Rocha (UMinho)

Fiscal Council

President: João Oliveira (BDO)

Member: Maria de Fátima Duarte

Member: Filipe Castro


External Advisory Board

Frederik Coppens (ELIXIR Belgium)

Chair: Jaap Heringa (ELIXIR Netherlands)

Luciano Milanesi (CNR - National Research Council, Italy)

Cristina Marques (The Navigator Company - RAIZ Group)

Emília Monteiro (PtCRIN - Portuguese Clinical Research Infrastructure Network / NOVA Medical School)


Our mission organizes and adds value to the biological data generated by Portuguese R&I organizations, academic and private, enhancing investment and value creation through a National Platform of Biological Information, applicable to different scientific domains. Computing resources, bioinformatics and data management services, as well as training are offered to capacitate platform users'.


Our vision supports the transformation of Portugal in a country with the ability to conduct research and innovation with large volumes of biological data. Portuguese organizations will be capable of translating these data into innovation for new research, products and services.


Our values


  • Trust: we respect and protect your data
  • Collaboration: we work in partnership
  • Excellence: we have an internationally recognized team of experts
  • Innovation: we support the translation of knowledge into new services and products


Our story