ELIXIR Portugal is the Portuguese node of the European ELIXIR project, which aims to facilitate access to data, tools and training for scientists in both academia and industry, as well as to promote networking.
ELIXIR Portugal is organized as a consortium of Portuguese research institutions which are part of the national biological information network, BioData.pt. Like ELIXIR itself, the Portuguese node is a decentralized network of specialized centers, under a common hardware and software infrastructure, and with shared training and industry/entrepreneurship programmes.
Portugal's main contribution to the ELIXIR project is on the Woody Plants domain. Woody plants are a major natural resource in Europe, with a huge ecological and economical impact, supporting millions of jobs across diverse industries (e.g., wine, fruit, olive oil, coffee, paper, timber, cork) and strongly contributing to the European GDP. In Portugal, woody plants represent 10% of the exports, and are a central research domain in both academia and industry. Elixir Portugal aims to provide data, tools, standards, and training in this domain and thus contribute to build an ELIXIR framework that is of added-value to all woody plant based industries.
Portugal is also a major contributor to the ELIXIR project in terms of Training, as it is building upon the renowned Gulbenkian Training Programme in Bioinformatics to provide workshops and training courses of excellence in key topics for ELIXIR.