25 January, 2016
ELIXIR becomes the co-organising sponsor of the 15th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB), to take place on 3-7 September 2016 in The Hague, the Netherlands. As part of the ELIXIR-ECCB 2016 partnership, the programme of the conference will feature a dedicated track to showcase ELIXIR activities and services.
ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the massive amounts of data being generated every day by publicly funded research.
ELIXIR, the European life-science infrastructure for biological information, is a unique initiative to consolidates Europe’s national centres, services, and core bioinformatics resources into a single, coordinated infrastructure. ELIXIR brings together Europe’s major life-science data archives and connects these with national bioinformatics infrastructures throughout ELIXIR’s member states.
By coordinating local, national and international resources the ELIXIR infrastructure will meet the data-related needs of Europe’s 500,000 life-scientists.
The ELIXIR sessions will be part of the Application Track of the conference, a new initiative to promote applications of computational biology beyond academia. The talks in the ELIXIR track will present the full range of ELIXIR activities taking place within ELIXIR Nodes and across its technical platforms and use cases; they will be selected through an open call, launched today, together with the general ECCB 2016 call. The programme will focus on five research themes: Data, Genome, Genes, Proteins and Systems.
“We are delighted to have ELIXIR as a strong partner”, said Jaap Heringa, Chair of the ECCB 2016 Organising committee. “As one of the major initiatives in Europe and globally, and we are happy to give ELIXIR a venue to present their work to the international and multidisciplinary audience at ECCB.”
Niklas Blomberg, the ELIXIR Director said: “The ECCB conferences have become must-attend events for all involved in computational life sciences and an ideal platform to showcase new technologies, applications, tools and services. The ECCB 2016 will be the perfect opportunity to present the full spectrum of our work, and our vision for the future. I look forward to working closely with our colleagues in the Netherlands to co-organising ECCB2016 and contributing to its success.”