ELIXIR Belgium has put together a set of best practice documents and workflows for the analysis of SARS-CoV-2 data (Genomics, Evolution, and Cheminformatics) using open source tools and public cyberinfrastructure for transparent and reproducible analyses.


Following the release of its new Service Hub, has created a dedicated Forum with the objective of supporting and answering users’ questions regarding its Bioinformatics, Data Management and/or Computing services. The Forum intends to facilitate the communication between service users and the user support team. 

2020-04-30, the Portuguese Infrastructure for Biological Data and the Portuguese Node of ELIXIR, co-coordinated by the IGC and the INESC-ID, is very pleased to announce the launch of its new Service Hub. The Hub intends to facilitate the users' experience identifying and requesting our services.


We are glad to announce our participation in the H2020 project ELIXIR-CONVERGE that was launched last February in Brussels. This project intends to empower Nodes’ capacity to drive good data management, reproducibility and reuse.

2020-04-17 is implementing a survey with the purpose of better understanding the needs & skills in data management and bioinformatics of researchers working in Portuguese institutions. Its filling is of crucial importance to better adequate our services to the requirements of the national scientific system.


The ELIXIR Plant Sciences Community recently published in the New Phytologist journal an article detailing the MIAPPE (Minimum Information About a Plant Phenotyping Experiment) 1.1 update.


The second workshop of the ELIXIR-funded Staff Exchange Project entitled “Empowering ELIXIR Nodes to measure and communicate their performance and impact” took place on March the 12th and was held in a conference call due to the current pandemics. The conference was organized by the representatives of the involved ELIXIR Nodes (ELIXIR-IT, ELIXIR-NO, ELIXIR-PT and ELIXIR Hub) and had the pleasure to count with Jelena Angelis, member of the EFIS centre & RI-PATHS project. The goal of this follow-on workshop was to develop and refine the understanding and approaches that have resulted from the previous workshop. 


To familiarize our users with, its Plant Community and the CorkOakDB portal, we conducted a series of interviews to some of our key players.


Due to the increasing demand from research infrastructures towards data management and analysis, has hired two new collaborators to help face this challenge. João Raimundo, Bioinformatics Specialist, and Rafael Santos, Project Manager, will integrate our internationally recognized team of experts from the beginning of April.



Because we know that starting to use a new resource is not always as straightforward as we would like, we are making available a series of tutorials to help our users easily navigate the CorkOakDB portal (

These videos cover the following:


The CorkOakDB ( emerges as a joint effort to create a global repository of genomic data for cork oak. This species has a significant relevance in the Mediterranean at both economic and ecological level due to the sustainable production of cork.


On February 19th, at the student-organized Bioinformatics Open Days 2020, hosted by the University of Minho, held the workshop "Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis using a Seurat based graphical interface".

Ricardo Leite presented this two-hour workshop, which consisted of an introduction to single-cell RNA-seq analysis, followed by a practical application of these concepts through a Seurat guided clustering tutorial.

Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis workshop


A student-led initiative hosted by the University of Minho, Bioinformatics Open Days 2020  was a meeting ground for experts in Bioinformatics to come together and meet with students and other experts. participated extensively in the event, sharing its knowledge and expertise between students and other bioinformaticians. BioData contributed extensively to this event, with our contributions detailed below.

2020-02-23 is happy to announce that recent content from the GTPB programme, one of the node services is openly shared. Complete materials from 22 training courses, are available for reuse in two forms.

For each course:
- a GitHub repository, with all the files and folders that were used to develop the course
- a website to directly explore the course content, as it was tested and delivered to an audience

PSLS20 in session


Convened by, the first workshop of the ELIXIR-funded Staff Exchange Project entitled “Empowering ELIXIR Nodes to measure and communicate their performance and impact” took place on January 30th, in Lisbon (Portugal). A total of 17 participants, including Portuguese and international stakeholders from Norway, Italy, Spain and Czech Republic, met to build their capacity in performance and impact assessment of research infrastructures in the life sciences.


On the 24th of January, oficially launched the first issue of its newsletter! Comprising of two sections: one for the upcoming events and one for latest news, the newsletter will be sent up to two weeks in advance of the events it is sharing.


After two years of activity, we have compiled the essentials of these last two years of into a report that we have now published on our website.


The Forum Value Creation for Healthcare System’s Genomics Data, took place in the last 14th of January , at i3S – Porto, with experts from the private sector, research infrastructures, the national health system, and bioethics.


Daniel Faria was invited to present the activities of the ELIXIR Plant Sciences Community and contribute to the discussion on data integration at the COST INTEGRAPE Workshop, which took place in the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, in January 22-23, 2020.


The 4th Technical Meeting of took place on the 14th of January, at i3S, Porto, and was attended by 35 members.