ELIXIR Netherlands

The Dutch ELIXIR node is hosted by the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), which is a public-private partnership of more than 50 life science institutions. Our main focus is on FAIR data stewardship and data-related training. DTL/ELIXIR-NL acts as an open network where professionals jointly build a digital environment to make life science research data accessible and exchangeable. The hallmark of our activities is interconnecting local technologies, procedures, services, expertise, and more, in close alignment with international data initiatives. ELIXIR-NL is active in the Compute, Interoperability, and Training platforms and participates in the Rare disease, Human data, Plants, Metabolomics, and Galaxy User Communities.

DTL/ELIXIR-NL in short

  • >50 partners, including all Dutch University Medical Centres, all universities with life science activities, several research institutes, and around 25 life science companies,
  • >130 collaborating expert groups,
  • World-leading role in developing, promoting, and implementing the FAIR Data principles (i.e., research data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable for both humans and computers),
  • Promotion of adequate Research Data Management,
  • Identification of training needs and development of new courses, with themes including FAIR data stewardship, bioinformatics, systems biology, Software & Data Carpentry, and Galaxy (in close collaboration with the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology research school ‘BioSB’),
  • Collaboration with other ESFRI nodes and large research infrastructure initiatives such as the personalised health research infrastructure ‘Health-RI’.


ELIXIR-NL is part of the strategic roadmap for scientific infrastructure of the Dutch government. Our ambition is to build a professional national research data infrastructure, enabling scientists and innovators to contribute and re-use data, tools, and models, and to compute in a modular environment. The FAIR Data Train approach is a crucial component of this infrastructure; it deploys distributed learning to solve privacy and scalability issues surrounding research data (e.g., Personal Health Train and Farm Data Train).

Another crucial component is the Digital Research Environment, which allows researchers to work in a collaborative and secure fashion with data, tools, and compute, while complying with all legislation guidelines. Our Roadmap ambition will be realised by the network of DTL/ELIXIR-NL partners, with particularly strong involvement of University Medical Centres (Digital Research Environment, EuroCAT/Personal Health Train), universities (FAIR Data technology), and the Dutch e-Infrastructure (HPC and Cloud integration). 

Head of Node

Jaap Heringa
Jaap Heringa
(Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL))

Technical Coordinator

Rob Hooft
Rob Hooft
(Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL))

Training Coordinator

Celia van Gelder
Celia van Gelder
(Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL))

Deputy Head of Node

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Morris Swertz



Participating institutes

Lead institute