ELIXIR Focus Groups

ELIXIR Focus Groups are agile structures that bring interested parties together around a particular topic.  Typically they are used to address emerging areas of interest and seek to identify a strategy that ELIXIR can follow.

Establishing a Focus Group may lead to a new ELIXIR Community, but that is not the default intention. In most cases that will not happen. In addition, it will not be a requirement for a proposed new Community to have previously been a Focus Group. 

Focus Groups are open to any member of ELIXIR plus, where useful, external parties. They are established by a lightweight approval process, at the discretion of the ELIXIR Director.

To see the full list of ELIXIR focus groups then visit the ELIXIR Hub website. Below are the focus groups that ELIXIR-UK plays an active role in:

This focus group aims to understand the capabilities and projects across the ELIXIR nodes, develop networks and work on a longer term biodiversity strategy. ELIXIR-UK members from the University of Manchester and the Earlham Institute are active in this focus group.

This Focus Group aims to implement FAIR principles in training (FAIRFindable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). Members from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester are active in this focus group.

This group aims to empower ELIXIR partners in evaluating and communicating their performance and impact, in support of the long-term sustainability of national Nodes. Researchers at the Earlham Institute are active in this focus group.

The Health Data Focus Group aims to be the incubator of ideas relating to health data and is ELIXIR’s formal channel to organise this. ELIXIR-UK’s Tim Beck is one of this focus group’s chairs and has been heavily involved in setting up and running this group.

This group allows ELIXIR registries to get together and discuss delivering FAIR services to the community. Members from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester are active in this focus group.

Research Data Alliance is an organisation carrying momentum worldwide. The purpose of this group is to make sure that the ELIXIR point of view is presented in the RDA community. Susanna-Assunta Sansone and Peter McQuilton, both from ELIXIR-UK member organisation University of Oxford, are group leaders for this focus group.

This focus group looks at ELIXIR activities, engagement and infrastructure which supports systems biology. ELIXIR-UK members from Newcastle University and University of Manchester are active in this community.