ELIXIR Europe Conference Open Data in Action: Life Science Data Infrastructure for Innovation

Thu 4 February 2016, 13:00
Bibliothèque Solvay, Parc Léopold, Belliardstraat 137, Brussels, 1040, Belgium

The importance of achieving a secure life science data infrastructure is becoming increasingly apparent as ever greater volumes of complex data are being generated from national and EC-funded research projects. The Open Data mandates of national and European funders are a welcome step in ensuring maximum re-use from publically-funded research: accessible, well structured data gets re-used in science, and Open Data is in turn a major driver of innovation. Bioinformatics databases form an integral part of the data infrastructure in the life sciences, and act as the bedrock for future scientific breakthroughs in health, the environment and the bioindustries.

The high-level conference was held to address several aspects of this topic, from the perspective of funders, infrastructure operators and users across industry and academia.


Session I: Open Data for Innvation, Chair: Anna Wetterbom  
Rober-Jan Smits, Director-General, Research and Innovation DG, Euroepan Commission
Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World: Horizon 2020 in an ERA of Innovation
Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR Director
ELIXIR Europe: The Distributed Life Science Infrasctucture for Biological Data
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Pierre Meulien, Executive Director, Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
The importance of Big Data for Better Outcomes in IMI
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Barend Mons, Chair of the High Level Expert Group on European Open Science Cloud
Reflections form the High Level Expert Group on European Science Cloud
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Session II: Bioinformatics Resources in Action, Chair: Torsten Schwede  
Ron Appel, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB)
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in supporting life science discoveries
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Jo McEntyre, EMBL_EBI, Literature Services
Linking Open Access literature with data: new opportunities for scientific discovery
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Tove Alm, SciLifeLab, Sweden
The Huma Protein Atlas: a flagship resource for understanding the whole human proteome
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Buffet Lunch
Session I: Open Data for Innovation
Session II: Bioinformatics resources in action
Session III - Understanding the value of an Open Data infrastructure: perspectives from users, operators, industry and funders