In 2017, the de.NBI late summer school will take place in Berlin (25-29 September) with the topic "Computational genomics and RNA biology". It will be organized by RBC (Freiburg, Leipzig and Berlin). The application deadline and the agenda will be announed soon.

de.NBI give thanks to 882 participants of training courses in 2016

de.NBI wishes you all Merry Christmas and a sparkling new year 2017! We will be back on Monday, 2nd January 2017

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The 6th Programming for Evolutionary Biology Course is organized in cooperation with de.NBI (RBC Leipzig).

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The de.NBI partner project MASH (CIBI) will arrange its first Metabolomics Workshop at IPB Halle (Saale). For more information see

After five weeks, the de.NBI Twitter @denbioffice channel reached the first 100 followers. So if you are interested in the latest de.NBI news, follow us on Twitter


BioSB Course Comparative Genomics: from evolution to function (3rd edition)

Today HD-HuB presents their next Bioimage Analysis Workshop. For more information see

The DAIS Team, partner project of CIBI, announced their first training course "Hackathon – Fiji, ImageJ, and KNIME development". For more information see

Today, de.NBI announced the training courses for 2017. In total 34 + x training courses are planned. More Information on

CORBEL – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is an EC Horizon2020 project uniting 11 Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures (RIs). In CORBEL, the participating RIs expand their cooperation in order to harmonise researchers’ access to their cutting-edge technologies and services by establishing a sustainable platform of aligned services that will enable faster admission to and a wider portfolio of technologies and services to boost research projects.
The CORBEL Open Call invites researchers to apply to access technologies and services from more than 15 facilities from eight different research infrastructures across Europe. Selected projects will be allocated to so-called Access Tracks and gain unprecedented opportunities to utilise a wide range of high-end technologies and services. These include state-of-the-art offers from the fields of advanced imaging, biobanking, curated databases, marine model organisms, mouse mutant phenotyping, screening and medicinal chemistry, structural biology as well as systems biology.
Projects will be supported at every stage, with CORBEL project managers on hand to help scientists navigate between different service providers and exploit the full potential of the offers available.
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Today de.NBI starts its Twitter account. If your interested in the latest news of de.NBI, please follow us on Twitter #denbi @denbioffice

Bioconda Contribution Fest: 2-3 November

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sports easy distribution, installation and version management of
software. The bioconda channel is a Conda channel providing
bioinformatics related packages. This repository hosts the corresponding

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The 12th meeting on Integrative Bioinformatics took place in Bielefeld,  21st - 23rd September 2016. Bioinformaticians, Computer Scientists, Systems Biologists, Synthetic Biologists and others working or interested in the developing area of integrative bioinformatics listened to the presentation "de.NBI - German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure" by Andreas Tauch (Head of the Administration Office).

Due to the high interest in the GCB poster session with over 100 posters on display, there are two independent slots: Poster No 1-60 will be shown on Tuesday; No 61-102 (and additional submissions) will be on display in parallel to the R&D session on Wednesday. The poster "de.NBI - German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure" has the No. 100 and will be on display on Wednesday. In addition, A. Pühler will give insights into the network during his talk "de.NBI and ELIXIR" on Thursday.

In two different workshops, "Cloud Computing Tutorial" and "Label-free quantification using OpenMS and workflows", more than 40 participants got insights into de.NBI tools.

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From 29 August - 2 September 2016, 25 participants took part in the de.NBI-DZIF training course "targeted and untargeted metagenome analysis" in Bielefeld. Based on the BiBiCloud, the workshop covered different aspects of general NGS data handling, 16S amplicon data analysis utilizing the command line tool QIIME and approaches based on the reconstruction of genomes by assembling of reads and binning of contigs. Keynote speakers were Dr. Alex Sczyrba (Bielefeld University, DE) Dr. Christopher Quince (Glasgow University, UK) and Dr. A. Murat Eren (University of Chicago, USA).

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On Friday, Germany became the latest country to join ELIXIR, following the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).elixir germany white background

By joining ELIXIR, the BMBF will increase the visibility and competitiveness of German research. Moreover, Germany will be able to take part and contribute to ELIXIR’s governance and operations. “Better exploitation of big data in the life sciences is essential in strengthening our health system for the future. We can speed up the development of new medicines and treatments for diseases by improving the smart integration of data from biomedical research," said Federal Research Minister, Professor Johanna Wanka.

The ELIXIR Node in Germany will be run by de.NBI, the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure, which has been established to coordinate bioinformatics service provision across Germany. It brings together expertise and resources through dedicated service centres in areas such as microbes, integrative bioinformatics, data management, crop bioinformatics, human genomics and proteomics. de.NBI is coordinated from Bielefeld University and includes over twenty partner institutes across Germany.

In 2015, ELIXIR and de.NBI agreed a joint collaboration strategy to lead towards full Membership in ELIXIR and work together on topics of common interest including training, ontologies and service registries. ELIXIR will now work closely with de.NBI to ensure Germany is fully integrated into its activities and connected effectively to other ELIXIR Nodes.

Dr Niklas Blomberg, Director of ELIXIR said, “I am thrilled that Germany can now join its national bioinformatics infrastructure with the developments taking place in other European countries through ELIXIR. Germany has a strong and well known bioinformatics research tradition and through de.NBI it will play an important role in shaping the international standards and research practices that data-intensive life science now needs. I see German Membership of ELIXIR as a way of facilitating this and look forward to deepening the collaboration with de.NBI in the coming years.”

Professor Alfred Pühler, Coordinator of de.NBI said, “I am delighted that Germany has become a Member of ELIXIR. This allows us to build on initial collaboration between de.NBI and ELIXIR in the area of registries and expand it to other areas of interest for Germany such as training, research clouds, proteomics, crop sciences and industrial biotechnology.”

ELIXIR’s Membership now stands at 20 (19 European countries and EMBL as an intergovernmental organisation). Germany is the fifth country to join ELIXIR in 2016, following Italy, Slovenia, Ireland and Luxembourg.


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