Our manifesto as part of ELIXIR Europe

Life science data is growing exponentially. Genomic data is estimated to double every seven months. Managing, using and translating all this data into impactful research that tackles global challenges is a huge task – and not one that a single institution or even a country can complete.

Genomic data is estimated to double every seven months

Big Data: Astronomical or Genomical? Stephens et al. 2015

Instead, it requires cooperation across countries and organisational and disciplinary boundaries.

To tackle this global issue, ELIXIR was founded in 2014 as an intergovernmental organisation that brings together life science resources and experts across Europe to:

  • Manage the vast increase in life science data
  • Deal with the increasing complexity of data
  • Make it easier to find the right tools and training
  • Build a robust bioinformatics infrastructure
  • Drive innovation and industry usage

It currently includes 23 members and over 220 research organisations that work together with a ‘Hub and Nodes’ model.

NIH – GenBank and WGS Statistics www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/statistics/

Numbers speak for themselves!


UK organisations


European network




The UK Node (ELIXIR-UK) is a distributed effort across the UK partners. It builds upon the breadth and depth of the consortium members to provide training and resources that support the bioinformatics and broader research community to have impact and relevance at the national, European and international levels.

Joint Heads of Nodes

Prof Carole Goble (University of Manchester) and Prof Neil Hall (Earlham Institute) act as Joint Head of Nodes, overseeing the work of ELIXIR-UK.

Our members

Made up of 21 UK organisations, it builds upon the breadth and depth of its members to provide training and resources that support the bioinformatics and broader research community.


To see more information about the members, visit the members’ page.

Location and funding

ELIXIR-UK Node coordination office is located at the Earlham Institute and funded by the BBSRC, MRC and NERC. This funding supports the coordination activities and does not provide funding for the UK Node’s resources and services. Services and resources are expected to raise their own funding through various funding schemes.