February 02, 2024

ELIXIR Luxembourg is pleased to announce its participation in ELIXIR-STEERS, a three-year EU funded project launched on 1st February 2024 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.

Enhancing research software management in life science

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.

Best practices for better computational services

“We are excited to initiate the ELIXIR-STEERS project, focusing on expanding ELIXIR’s expertise in research software and workflows,” says Andy Smith, ELIXIR Interim Director and Coordinator of ELIXIR-STEERS. “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.

“The outcome will improve the services provided by ELIXIR Luxembourg and benefit the national research communities”, concludes Wei Gu, Head of Service at LNDS, Scientific Coordinator and Deputy Head of Node of ELIXIR Luxembourg.

Find out more on the ELIXIR-STEERS website

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