The de.NBI cloud is a fully academic cloud infrastructure, free of charge for academic users, where currently five cloud centers provide compute and storage resources.

During 2017, de.NBI was integrated into ELIXIR AAI which acts as a backbone for the connection of the five compute centers and allows users to manage cloud projects and access the cloud infrastructure using the authentication service of their home institutions.

In this webinar (Wed 7 March 2018, 14:00 CET), Peter Belmann (de.NBI cloud governance) presented how de.NBI made use of ELIXIR AAI and demonstrated how a potential user logs in to the portal, applies for and manages his project, and finally starts using the assigned resources in the cloud.

Michal Prochazka of ELIXIR-CZ complemented Peter’s presentation by describing how the integration was done on the ELIXIR AAI side.


The 12th CeBiTec Symposium scheduled for March 19 to 21, 2018, will focus on big data in medicine and biotechnology. It is organized as a joint conference of the CeBiTec,the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI), and the Bielefeld Center for Data Science (BiCDaS). The CeBiTec is responsible for organizing the basic sessions of the big data symposium. The de.NBI network will organize the second day which is focused on the presentation of 12 use cases which are currently discussed in the ELIXIR organization. BiCDaS finally contributes to the round table discussion at the end of the conference which will deal with ethical and legal aspects of big data in medicine and biotechnology. The title of the symposium is well chosen since the CeBiTec is deeply involved in the production and the analysis of big data sets. On the other hand, the actual plan to establish a Faculty of Medicine at Bielefeld University underlines the goal of the symposium to discuss medical data

The 12th CeBiTec Symposium will follow a well established programme structure. At the end of the first day, a session with short contributions of young scientists is planned, followed by a poster session. Concerning the second day, the detailed presentation of ELIXIR use cases will be followed by two Distinguished Symposium Lectures informing on ethical and legal considerations of medical data. At the end of the second day the symposium dinner in a nearby restaurant is on the agenda. The third day of the symposium, finally, is reserved for presentations on the role of big data in
biotechnology, but also on the role of cloud computing in the age of big data science. The organizers of the 12th CeBiTec Symposium look forward very much to interest many scientists from Bielefeld University, from the de.NBI network, but also from abroad.

Oliver Kohlbacher (CIBI), Steffen Neumann (CIBI/MASH), Christoph Steinbeck (CAU), tba


Leucorea, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

    - Solving problems in computational metabolomics, including
        - Introduction to standard data processing tools
        - statistical data analysis
        - metabolic network analysis
    - Common tools in Metabolomics
        - XCMS, OpenMS
    - Managing workflows in metabolomics
        - Standard workflows
        - Tools to handle workflows (Galaxy, KNIME)
    - Data sharing and deposition
        - Reproducibility and sharing of analyses and results
        - FAIR data
        - Deposition in MetaboLights
    - Using computational clouds for data analysis
        - What is Cloud computing
        - Using clouds to tackle big data

Learning goals:
Comprehensive overview of Metabolomics data processing pipeline from data to publication. 

The School is targeted at graduate students and early-stage researchers in metabolomics and bioinformatics. Participants should have some metabolomics experience and an interest in computational data analysis. Some scripting experience will be helpful, but not strictly required. Participants should bring their own laptop.

Metabolomics, Metabolite Identification, mass spectrometry, data processing, metabolite annotation

OpenMS, MetFrag, MassBank, MetaboLights

Application and Deadlines:
In total, 20 participants (advanced PhD students / post-docs from
computer science / bioinformatics / life sciences coming from Germany,
Europe, World-Wide) will be selected based on short applications.

Please register at
and provide your
- contact information
- educational and work history
- current research projects and research interests
- accommodation and dietary requirements.

Accommodation will be supplied by the de.NBI consortium. Travel
expenses have to be paid by the participants. There will be no
participation fee.

Application deadline: 15th January 2018

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The ELIXIR Galaxy community will have a kickoff meeting in 14-16th March 2018, in Freiburg/Germany:

Wed 14 March 2018, 08:00 to Fri 16 March 2018, 18:00
Lecture Hall, Otto-Krayer-Haus, Albertstraße 25, Freiburg im Breisgau, 79110, Germany

We will combine this with a Galaxy User Conference and the official launch of the server.

This event will also be coordinated with the EMBL in Australia to also launch at the same time.

The Wednesday (14th) will be dedicated to the ELIXIR Galaxy communtiy, to discuss and plan our roadmap in 2018 and 2019. Thursday and Friday (15th, 16th) will be a conference where Galaxy users talk about their research and use-cases. However, a few spots we will reserved for official talks from ELIXIR.

Please register here:

See you all in Freiburg!