Become a member of the ELIXIR-UK community


ELIXIR-UK aims to represent the strengths of the UK (non-EBI) bioinformatics community within ELIXIR.

You can become part of the ELIXIR-UK community in two ways, one informal and one formal.

Informal: ELIXIR-UK is developing an evolving engagement strategy. This currently consists of:

  • A monthly “All-Hands” teleconference to discuss matters of interest.
  • An ELIXIR-UK all-hands mailing list providing information relevant to the ELIXIR-UK community, including notifications to join the weekly teleconferences. To subscribe to the all-hands list write to Ruth Bastow.
  • Attendance at and sponsorship of significant conferences and workshops relevant to ELIXIR-UK’s goals.
  • Town meetings, either to present ELIXIR-UK to a local audience or to address a specific thematic community.
  • An annual All-Hands meetup, held in different venues across the UK.

We welcome participation in these activities.

Formal: Formal membership involves signature of the ELIXIR-UK Node Consortium Agreement (NCA). This is only needed if you provide a node-sponsored resource to ELIXIR and/or are part of an ELIXIR-funded project and expect to receive funding from ELIXIR. Signature of the NCA is at the institution level (i.e. University or Institute) so a new signature may not be necessary in all cases if your institution has already signed. 

For a resource to become an ELIXIR-UK sponsored resource it needs to go through a process that evaluates the resource against a set of criteria. We aim to make this process as lightweight, open and transparent as possible, making use of an external panel of evaluators (for the 2016 assement used the Scientific Development Group). We ran this process in 2016, resulting in the incorporation of the current 15 node resources as well as a smaller number who have joined our roadmap for membership. We hope to be able to repeat this process  at regular intervals.