July 2nd at the session Creating value from Data Management will have Ulrike Wittig as the Key Note Speaker.


This Poster showcases PHENO ( the Portuguese implementation of BrAPI, which is dedicated to woody plants. PHENO was developed within the scope of the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE - Plant Comunity and plants working group. It provides a means to familiarise researchers with this ELIXIR service, to help their datasets become findable and accessible.


João Cardoso from presented at All Hands Elixir 2019 (Lisbon 17-20 June) the poster: An Ontology for the DMP Common Standard Mode


A paper about BrAPI - the Breeding API - has been recently published in the Oxford Academics' Bioinformatics journal. We asked Bruno Costa, a member that is co-author of this joint effort, a few questions about how he joined this project and what exactly is BrAPI.

Bruno Costa


At the end of the 1st Edition of the Cool Tools for Science event, two prizes were awarded: one for Coolest Innovation (awarded by GTPB) and one for Coolest Presentation (awarded by VWR).

Gabriel Martins (IGC) won Coolest Innovation with his OPenT – Open Source Mesoscopic Optical Tomography Imaging, while Hedi Young and Nuno Loureiro (Champalimaud Foundation) took home the prize for Coolest Presentation.

We asked two of the winners three questions and here are their answers!

2019-05-31, the Portuguese Research Infrastructure of Biological Data and the Portuguese node of ELIXIR, was recently assessed by its  international Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), composed by Cristina Marques (The Navigator Company), Luciano Milanesi (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy) and Jaap Heringa (ELIXIR Netherlands), hosted by the board of Directors of (José Pereira Leal, Chair, Mário Gaspar da Silva, Vice-Chair and Head of Node, and Ana Portugal Melo, Executive Director and Deputy head of Node).


Today is the day that the Portuguese Node Elixir – the Portuguese Infrastructure of Biological Data, – is welcoming the Scientific Advisory board  (SAB) for a review meeting at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência.

The board of directors and representatives of Communities and Platforms will gather with the SAB members to collect their evaluation and recommendations on the current operation and future strategy  of


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.