• 2 February 2024


ELIXIR Belgium is pleased to announce participation in ELIXIR-STEERS, a three-year EU funded project launched yesterday with a total budget of €4M. The project is a collaboration between all ELIXIR Nodes, encompassing 36 institutes across 23 countries, plus EMBL-EBI. It aims to enhance large-scale, cross-border federated analysis in the life sciences throughout the European Research Area.


ELIXIR-STEERS addresses the need for good software and workflow management, sometimes overlooked by funders and policymakers, which is essential for reproducible and efficient analysis of life science data. By adopting common analysis tools and good workflow practices, the project aims to minimise duplication, reduce energy consumption and lower the carbon footprint in computational life science, particularly in resource-intensive applications like AI.


The ELIXIR-STEERS project builds on the achievements of two previous EU-funded projects: ELIXIR-EXCELERATE (2015-19), which helped establish ELIXIR as a coordinated European life science infrastructure, and ELIXIR-CONVERGE (2020-23), which enhanced data management and stewardship across ELIXIR Nodes.


Andy Smith, ELIXIR Interim Director and Coordinator of ELIXIR-STEERS said “We are excited to initiate the ELIXIR-STEERS project, focusing on expanding ELIXIR's expertise in research software and workflows. This project is an important step towards strengthening the emerging European federated data landscape and optimising environmental sustainability in computational practices”.


By improving standards and best practices in research software and workflows across the ELIXIR Nodes, ELIXIR-STEERS strengthens Europe's position in global research while supporting environmental sustainability and enhancing international collaboration.


For further information about ELIXIR-STEERS, please contact steers-coordination@elixir-europe.org.


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