Professor Chris Ponting is stepping down as of today from his role as Head of the ELIXIR UK Node.  Chris remains fully committed to ELIXIR-UK and to the ELIXIR project, and continues to jointly lead on training activities within the UK Node and the ELIXIR Training platform. Chris has been Head of the UK Node since its initiation in 2012, successfully overseeing its establishment as leaders in training across ELIXIR and the development of its important role in ELIXIR’s Interoperability platform while initiating planning for the Node’s future development.

Interim arrangements have been put in place whereby the Deputy Head of Node, Professor Carole Goble, will take on the role of Head of Node working closely with John Hancock, ELIXIR-UK’s Node Coordinator.

ELIXIR-ITA, in collaboration with the University of Bologna (IT) is pleased to inform you that the applications for the upcoming training course onProtein Networks and Systems Biology are open.

Full details at:

ELIXIR-UK is carrying out a survey to help it in developing its future strategy. The questionnaire addresses the level of awareness of ELIXIR’s and ELIXIR-UK’s activities in the UK and how it can best engage the wider UK community with an interest in ELIXIR’s development, activities and facilities. ELIXIR-UK would therefore like to invite all researchers who make use of international data resources in the life sciences to complete this short questionnaire (10 questions).


Course coordinators: Marco Roos, Katy Wolstencroft

: 30 November – 4 December 2015 
Location: SURF, Utrecht, the Netherlands

London, October 1st: Dr Lee Larcombe reported progress on the Statistics Training Signposting project (StaTS) at the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) Stakeholder meeting, coinciding with the SIP project's 1st year report

Progress was also reported later that day, to the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) academic liaison expert network group.

University of Cambridge will be running an workshop on "Evidence-Based Teaching: What We Know and How to Use It" where Greg Wilson (from Software and Data Carpentry) will be addressing questions such as:

The ELIXIR UK Exec Committee are pleased to appointed Dr Tim Stitt, Head of Scientific Computing at TGAC, as the Compute Coordinator for the UK node

ELIXIR Data and Software Carpentry Instructor Training will take place on 13-14 January 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This event will be an intensive two-day Instructor Training workshop for trainers from all ELIXIR nodes who wish to become Software and Data Carpentry instructors.

The life science group at University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre is looking for motivated individuals with software engineering experience (web application frameworks and/or backend development) and leadership ability to contribute to:

On behalf of the ELIXIR-UK, we would like to invite colleagues in the UK to complete a short questionnaire on the topic of Genome Assembly and Annotation.

A vital part of the UK's involvement in ELIXIR, the European Infrastructure for Life Science data, is building a knowledgebase about the UK's expertise in bioinformatics infrastructure (including hardware, software and people).  Such a knowledgebase will allow the UK node to better represent the UK's interests.