GOBLET is a global consortium of organisations and individuals that promotes cooperation amongst trainers and trainees in Bioinformatics, Biocomputing, Biocuration and Computational Biology (B3CB). Its objective is to provide a support and networking infrastructure for trainers and trainees in, and to develop standards for, B3CB education and training.

GOBLET and ELIXIR have formed a Joint Training Strategy, which sets out how they will collaborate on bioinformatics training. Developed on behalf of ELIXIR by the Training Coordinators' Group (TrCG), the Strategy sets out the areas for collaboration, including:

  • ELIXIR's emerging TeSS portal for training resources and GOBLET's training portal
  • Collaboration on train-the-trainer and train-the-researcher activities
  • Joint exploration of training accreditation mechanisms
  • Sharing of best practice and expertise on professionalising bioinformatics training

BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge)

The Training Platform collaborates with BD2K's Training Coordinating Centre (TCC) in the USA. The collaboration involves the following areas:

  • Training portals
  • Competences
  • Summer schools
  • Bioinformatics training standards
  • Collaborations with GOBLET

See the collaboration details.

EU projects

ELIXIR is involved in two EU project to support bioinformatics training in Europe: EMTRAIN to train medical researchers and RI-Train to train life science research infrastructure operators.


EMTRAIN (European Medicines Research Training Network) establishes a sustainable, pan-European platform for education and training, from basic science to clinical development and drug safety. The public consortium consists of the six pan-European biomedical research infrastructures from the ESFRI roadmap, covering a broad spectrum of competencies from molecules to humans, and with a pan-European dimension.

The RITrain project is aimed at the managers and service operators of research infrastructures, with a particular emphasis on distributed research infrastructures. The project will develop a training programme enabling RIs across all domains to gain expertise on governance, organisation, financial and staff management, funding, IP, service provision and outreach in an international context.

ELIXIR is represented in both projects by EMBL-EBI. Contact Cath Brooksbank (cath [at] for more information.

The Carpentries

ELIXIR is also working with The Carpentries to run Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops to teach researchers how to view, analyse and store data in an open and reproducible way. See the Software and Data Carpentry programme.