We are very pleased to announce that the Quadram Institute (QIB) has become the most recent organisation to join ELIXIR-UK, bringing the total number of member organisations to 20. You can view the full list of member organisations here.

Maria Traka has joined ELIXIR-UK as the Steering Committee representative for QIB. She is our deputy Head for Food Databanks National Capability, which curates and manages the food composition data of the UK diets.

Members at QIB are already involved in the ELIXIR community. Paul Finglas, Maria Traka and Falk Hildebrand are all part of the ELIXIR Food and Nutrition Community, and are now involved in a new implementation study as part of this community. This link up will strengthen the food and nutrition community in ELIXIR and will align with the H2020 FNS cloud project, especially around FAIR data, where Paul Finglas is the Scientific Coordinator.

ELIXIR-UK is the UK node of ELIXIR, which unites organisations across Europe working in life science data. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research. As a member, QIB will be part of discussions around these resources and have influence in this international community.

Maria Traka said: ‘Being a member of the ELIXIR-UK will complement and enhance QIB’s efforts in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by our publicly funded research and the bioinformatic resources needed to sustain these.’

If you belong to an organisation which is not a member of ELIXIR-UK but you would like to be more involved in ELIXIR, you can find out more about the application process, sign up to our newsletter to see how you could benefit, or get in touch with us with any questions.