Coordinating EMBL-EBI’s external training activities


We contribute to a worldwide community of trainers through our participation in collaborative projects. Some, such as CABANA and RItrain, are focused solely on training whereas others, such as BioExcel and EOSC-life, incorporate training into a broader goal to develop new services or gain new scientific insight.

A capacity strengthening project for bioinformatics in Latin America. It aims to accelerate the implementation of data-driven biology in the region by creating a sustainable capacity-building programme focusing on three challenge areas – communicable disease, sustainable food production and protection of biodiversity.

Orchestrated by an international consortium of ten organisations (nine in Latin America and one in the UK), CABANA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) – part of the UK Aid Budget – from October 2017 to December 2021.

A Centre of Excellence for provision of support to academic and industrial researchers in the use of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) in biomolecular research.

The BioExcel Center of Excellence (CoE) provides the necessary solutions for long-term support of the biomolecular research communities: fast and scalable software, user-friendly automation workflows and a support base of expert core developers. The main services offered by the center include hands-on training, tailored customization of code and personalized consultancy support.

The Research Infrastructure Training Programme, is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aimed at improving and professionalizing the training of managerial and leadership staff in research infrastructures (RIs). This is vital for the future success of Europe because access to excellent RIs underpins today’s research and innovation.The tailored training comprises:

  • Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures
  • A series of webinars with experienced leaders in research infrastructures
  • Staff Exchanges to access managerial and leadership expertise directly from leading research infrastructures

The goal of ELIXIR is to coordinate these resources so that they form a single infrastructure. This infrastructure makes it easier for scientists to find and share data, exchange expertise, and agree on best practices. Ultimately, it will help them gain new insights into how living organisms work.

ELIXIR is an intergovernmental organisation that brings together life science resources from across Europe. These resources include databases, software tools, training materials, cloud storage and supercomputers.

TeSS is an example of an ELIXIR resource. TeSS is online training portal that gathers life science training materials and training courses from across Europe, and allows you to search it in one website. This makes it easier for scientists to find the training they need, and gives the training courses wider publicity.

ELIXIR includes 23 members and over 220 research organisations. It was founded in 2014, and is currently implementing its second five-year scientific programme.

EOSC-Life brings together biological and medical RIs to create an open collaborative space for digital biology. It aims to publish FAIR life science data resources for cloud use creating an ecosystem of innovative tools in EOSC and enabling groundbreaking data-driven research in Europe by connecting life scientists to EOSC.

An initiative of thirteen new biological and medical research infrastructures (BMS RIs), which together will create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, biological samples and data services required by cutting-edge biomedical research. CORBEL will boost the efficiency, productivity and impact of European biomedical research.

The Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa project (CINECA), aims to develop a federated cloud enabled infrastructure to make population scale genomic and biomolecular data accessible across international borders, to accelerate research, and improve the health of individuals across continents.

PerMedCoE is the HPC/Exascale Centre of Excellence for Personalised Medicine in Europe and aims to provide an efficient and sustainable entry point to the HPC/Exascale-upgraded methodology to translate omics information into actionable models of cellular functions of medical relevance. Coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), this CoE has been awarded €5 million in funding from the European Commission and will run from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2023.