Last week (6th May) we discussed with four national companies to figure out how we can better help each other. With the collaboration of HeartGenetics, SilicoLife, Sogrape and SPAROS, and all other companies who participated, we initiated a process of approximation that we hope will translate into productive and mutually beneficial partnerships in the future.


Dear Researcher in Life Sciences,

Have you ever created a customized solution for your research? A software? A gadget? A life-changing protocol?

Have you ever thought that your creation might be useful for someone else? 

Come share it at the first “Cool Tools for Science” meeting, a great chance for you to show and share a new dimension of your work: User Innovation.



This past Monday members, Pedro Fernandes (GTPB/IGC) and Miguel Teixeira (IBB) were part of the AbracaDATA panel at Insituto Superior Técnico's Bioengineering Week.


The Technical meeting of the ELIXIR Portuguese, took place on the past 20thof February in Braga, next to the Bioinformatics Open Days (BOD) event, with 28 participants from the node partners. This meeting allowed the Portuguese partners to discuss deliverables and milestones related to methodologies and advanced data analysis tools developed since the last meeting.


The joined the 3rd day of the Bioinformatics Open Days with some poster’s presentation about some of the latest works in this infrastructure. Some of the researchers had the opportunity to present their work and participate in BOD activities during the day in the scope of the theme Research in Bioinformatics.


In the scope of Bioinformatics Open Days, the organized a Special Session about the distributed Portuguese Infrastructure of Biological Data, which serves the national scientific system in its strategies and research programs. 

Bioinformatics Masters and PhD students and their coordinators and professors were the target for this session.

The session’s participants were challenged to ask a question regarding the way the infrastructure can support and foster their research studies.  


At the same day of the Technical Meeting, last Wednesday in the afternoon, had some distinctive guests that develop Wine and Wineyard R&D from institutions and companies such as: IBET; INIAV; SOGRAPE; UTAD (Univ. Trás os Montes e Alto Douro), Faculdade de Ciências (Univ. Lisboa), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, X-Chroma Lab. (Univ do Minho).

Together with the team members a discussion was promoted about Wine and vineyard: Bioinformatics challenges. 


On Wednesday (20thFeb.), took place the second Technical Meeting with 30 participants representing all the Work Groups. This meeting allowed the participants to share some concrete examples of the main deliverables and milestones related to methodologies and tools of management and data advanced analysis, developed in the past few months.

2018-11-15 and the Gulbenkian Training Program in Bioinformatics (GTPB) have completed a four day long training experiment. The objectives were 1) to test new training material on programming in Python 3.7; 2) To deliver the content in a flipped-classroom environment.


From the 10th to the 13th of September,  members of the team attended the TPDL 2018 conference that took place at the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto.

João Cardoso presented a short communication on the ELIXIR Project during the Multi-domain Research Data Management Workshop.


The ELIXIR All Hands 2018 meeting took place in Berlin, June 4-7, 2018, gathering together members of all ELIXIR nodes from across Europe. ELIXIR PT in particular was represented by 10 of its members.

The face-to-face meetings from the EXCELERATE work packages on June 4th were very productive, especially the plant sciences use-case (WP7) meeting that lasted twice as long as the other meetings (4 hours) but still seemed short for all that there was to discuss and plan.


The PhenoHarmonIS 2018 workshop took place in Montpellier, May 14-18, 2018, focusing on Semantics for Harmonization and Integration of Phenotypic and Agronomic Data. The clear overlap in scope between the workshop and the ELIXIR plant sciences use-case meant that the latter was heavily represented there, with members from ELIXIR FR, BE, NL and PT.


From the 16th to the 17th of April the Final Workshop of the ELIXIR Staff Exchange is taking place at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), and  Instituto Tecnológico de Química e Biologia (ITQB) in Oeiras. ELIXIR PT organized the event and is represented by members from three of its partners. The invited guests were representing ELIXIR NL, ELIXIR FR and ELIXIR IT.



The 11th RDA Plenary Meeting took place from the 21st to the 23rd March 2018 in Berlin, Germany, with the theme being "From Data to Knowledge".  ELIXIR PT was represented by two of its members. 


From March 18th to 20th members of the team took part in the CODATA RDM Symposium  at the Göttingen University in Göttingen, Germany.



From December 12th to 14th members of the ELIXIR PT team took part in a staff exchange event at the Wageningen University & Research in Wageningen, Netherlands.

Wageningen University & Research Campus


INESC-ID participated in the F2F meeting of participants in the development of the compute platform of ELIXIR in Prague on June 19-20.



From April the 5th to the 7th the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting took place at the Barcelo Sants Hotel, Barcelona, Spain.


The plenary meeting is organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) with the support of RDA Europe.

ELIXIR PT was represented by two of its members, José Borbinha and Mário J. Silva.