February 9, 2017, 9:30 am

Technologiepark 927
9052 Zwijnaarde

The goal of this event is to inform researchers, policy makers and funders about the ELIXIR research infrastructure and how it can assist them in their research


The morning session of the event covered a data management workshop specifically for researchers. Experts in data handling introduced the concept of FAIR data, illustrated data management on the basis of use cases and held a vibrant debate on data sharing.

After lunch, the director of ELIXIR (Niklas Blomberg) provided a broad overview of ELIXIR’s activities and the deputy Head of Node of ELIXIR Belgium (Frederik Coppens) demonstrated the role of the Belgian ELIXIR node. We also linked to the emerging European Open Science Cloud, a European initiative on data across all scientific disciplines. To further exemplify the potential of the ELIXIR infrastructure, an ELIXIR case study in translational biomedical research was presented. An industry perspective on big data was provided and, last but not least, two of the node services offered by ELIXIR Belgium, PLAZA and NGS Logistics, were presented.

The event attracted 129 participants from all over the country. All Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UAntwerpen, UCL, UGent, UHasselt, ULB, ULiége, UNamur, VUB) and a number of university hospitals (UZ Brussels, UZ Leuven) were represented. Many members of research centres (de Duve Institute, Ilvo, ITM, VIB, VLIZ, VSC, WIV), governments (Belspo, EWI, FWO, SPW) and innovation platforms (FlandersFood) attended the event. There was also a good representation from industry (Academiclabs, Atos, Bayer, Bluebee, Diagenode, DSM, Janssen, Multiplicom, Ontoforce, UCB Pharma). All pictures

The following are just a few of the reactions we received on the event, the speakers and ELIXIR:

  • “Congratulations with the ELIXIR Belgium launch event! It was very instructive to get to know the ELIXIR infrastructure.” (Nele Pauwels, UGent)
  • “Congratulations with the big success of the ELIXIR Belgium launch meeting!” (Laurent Dollé, ULB)
  • “It would be my pleasure to support the ELIXIR industry event later this year in Belgium.” (Stefan Weckx, VUB)
  • “We are keen on initiating discussions with the Belgian ELIXIR node, in order to explore partnership possibilities.” (Pierre Bourbon, Bluebee)
  • “Many thanks for the organisation of the ELIXIR Belgium launch event, it really was an exciting day!” (Annelies Haegeman, Ilvo)
  • “The introduction on FAIR data was so good and clarifying. By the way, where did you find that speaker?” (Vanessa Vermeirssen, VIB)
  • “The debate was of the most vivid and interactive debates I attended lately!” (Jaap Heringa, ELIXIR-NL)


Office: Technologiepark 927
Email: kim.deruyck@elixir-belgium.org
Office Phone: +32(0)9 331 36 94
Lab location: VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

Twitter Hashtag:  #ELIXIRbe17

Organizing Committee:
Yves Van de Peer - Head of Node ELIXIR Belgium
Frederik Coppens - deputy Head of Node ELIXIR Belgium
Kim De Ruyck - Node coordinator ELIXIR Belgium
Lennart Martens - VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, UGent, Belgium
Paola Masuzzo - VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, UGent, Belgium