Over 90 representatives from across the ELIXIR infrastructure have come together this week in Cambridge, UK, to kick-start the Horizon 2020 ELIXIR implementation project EXCELERATE.

Project partners presented the plans and expected outcomes for each of the project tasks and discussed challenges and actions that cut across the individual tasks within the project.

The participants discussed in detail how the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE technical activities will be driven by the four scientific use cases (Marine metagenomics, Crop and plant science, Rare diseases and Human data), for which close collaboration between the technical platforms and the use cases is essential.

The EGA is leading the Human data use case and closely collaborating with many work packages inside EXCELERATE (technical resources, interoperability, Rare diseases, node empowering, training…)

The activities and first results coming up in the next few months include a series of hackathons to expand the ELIXIR Tools and Services Registry, establishing a common identity to access ELIXIR services, setting up the first Data Nodes (Nodes with large data collections and databases), and strengthening the ELIXIR Training programme.

More information: https://www.elixir-europe.org/excelerate