Germany scales up bioinformatics training

de.NBI and ELIXIR Germany logos

de.NBI - the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure , which acts as ELIXIR Germany - organised over 250 training courses between 2015-2019 with more than 5,200 participants from Germany and beyond. This is one of the main findings from a recent paper published on the ELIXIR F1000R channel.

The paperThe de.NBI / ELIXIR-DE training platform - Bioinformatics training in Germany and across Europe within ELIXIR summarises the de.NBI/ELIXIR Germany training programme in 2015-2019 and presents the training activities in each of the eight de.NBI service centres.

In addition, the authors describe de.NBI’s engagement with the ELIXIR Training Platform, which took off after Germany joined ELIXIR in August 2016. Besides joining ELIXIR-wide initiatives, such as sharing data for training events via the ELIXIR Training portal (TeSS, or the ELIXIR Staff Exchange for bioinformatics trainers, de.NBI benefited from adopting the ELIXIR Authorisation and Authentication Infrastructure (ELIXIR AAI) for its Cloud federation. 

As the de.NBI Cloud is increasingly used for training purposes, the ELIXIR AAI provides both the trainers and trainees a single sign-on access to ready-to-run virtual machines with all the tools, data and software necessary for the training.

ELIXIR Germany in numbers -  graphic

In the coming year, de.NBI’s focus in ELIXIR-wide training activities will be on developing more e-learning materials and expanding its pool of trainers.

The paper has been published as a pre-print and is now going through the F1000R open peer-review process. Read the paper in full:

  • Wibberg D, Batut B, Belmann P et al. The de.NBI / ELIXIR-DE training platform - Bioinformatics training in Germany and across Europe within ELIXIR. F1000Research 2019, 8(ELIXIR):1877 (

About de.NBI / ELIXIR Germany

The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) operates as the ELIXIR Germany Node. It is a national and academic infrastructure funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its goal is to provide bioinformatics services, training, and cloud computing resources to life science researchers in Germany. 

The de.NBI network consists of eight interconnected centers including more than 40 research, service and infrastructure groups with about 250 bioinformaticians. It is coordinated from the Bielefeld University and led by Alfred Pühler.

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Mon 18 November 2019