What is BioData.pt?

BioData.pt is a non-for-profit private association of 12 R&I organizations.

BioData.pt is the Portuguese distributed infrastructure for biological data and the Portuguese ELIXIR node.

BioData.pt supports the national scientific system through best practices in data management and state of the art data analysis.

It interfaces with both academia and industry, making research available for innovation, namely in sectors such as agro-food and forestry, sea, and health.

BioData.pt services include ELIXIR services such as our training programme and computing facilities, as well as consulting services in data analysis and management, and a number of community services.

Who we are


Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo (CEBAL), Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR), Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL),Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET), Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID), Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC-FCG), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Aveiro (UAveiro), Universidade de Coimbra (UCoimbra), Universidade do Minho (UMinho), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA).

Our organisation



BioData.pt is overseen by the General Assembly, composed by the legal representatives of its associates.

The Administration Council is responsible for managing BioData.pt. 

The External Advisory Board is composed of 3-5 external experts providing regular assessment and advice to the technical and scientific activities of BioData.pt.

The Fiscal Council oversees BioData.pt accounting.

The ELIXIR PT Head of Node leads the Portuguese Node of ELIXIR and ensures the fulfillment of its commitment before the European ELIXIR consortium.



The operational branch of BioData.pt is organised in three categories:

Communities - gather researchers that identify gaps in data management, tools and computing resources in different life science domains (e.g. plants, microbiotechnology, sea and health). 

Platforms - support communities to fill the gaps, creating new services and training modules. 

Services - developed and maintained by BioData.pt for the national and international  R&I community.

Board of the General Assembly

President: Ana Teresa Freitas

1st Secretary: Ricardo Leite

2nd Secretary: Isabel Pereira Rocha


Administration Council

President: José Pereira-Leal

Vice-President: Cátia Calisto Pesquita

Vice-President: Miguel Pereira Rocha

Vogal: Irina de Sousa Moreira

Vogal: Cymon Cox


Executive Director: Ana Portugal Melo

ELIXIR Head of Node: Mário Gaspar da Silva



Head of Node: Mário Gaspar da Silva (INESC-ID)

Deputy Head of Node: Ana Portugal Melo (IGC)

Node Coordinator: Sofia Oliveira (IGC)

Technical Coordinator: Alexandre Francisco (INESC-ID)

Training Coordinator: Pedro Fernandes (IGC)

Deputy Training Coordinator: Ana Portugal Melo (IGC)

ELIXIR Board Member: Isabel Rocha (UNL)

Fiscal Council

ROC: João Oliveira (BDO)

Vice-president: José Luís Oliveira

Vogal: Maria de Fátima Duarte


External Advisory Board

Cristina Marques (The Navigator Company - RAIZ Group)

Frederik Coppens (ELIXIR Belgium)

Jaap Heringa (ELIXIR Netherlands)

Luciano Milanesi (ELIXIR Italy)

Noémia Afonso (Instituto Português de Oncologia - Porto)


Our mission


Support the national scientific system in its research strategies and programs through management and advanced analysis of biological data.


Our vision


Promote scientific research in the agro-food and forestry, sea and health sectors, leveraging value creation projects based on biological information, in partnership with business R&D.


Our values


  • Trust: we respect and protect your data
  • Collaboration: we work in partnership
  • Excellence: we have an internationally recognized team of experts
  • Innovation: we support the translation of knowledge into new services and products


Our story