Second get together of private and public partners at Odex4all all hands meeting

On September 28, 2015, 40 representatives of Odex4all’s private and public partners came together to discuss the project’s progress, both from a technical and a scientific perspective. Odex4all is co-funded by the Dutch research council (NWO) and the Netherlands eScience Center and contributes to the interoperability theme of DTL Data. The project is closely linked to the FAIRPORT initiative in terms of ensuring that all data published in the scope… Continue reading

Marco Roos presents webinar on ELIXIR’s Rare disease Pilot

On October 21, 2015, ELIXIR-NL’s Marco Roos presented an update about the pilot action launched in 2015; Rare disease test case for ELIXIR interoperability backbone. The goal of the pilot is to create a federated infrastructure that would enable access to different rare disease repositories across Europe. The webinar is part of the ELIXIR webinar series, you can watch Marco’s presentation here.

Input requested for inventory of Dutch antibiotics research

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is concerned about the global rise of antibiotic resistance. Therefore, the Ministry, together with Top Sectors Life Sciences & Health, Chemistry and Agri & Food, strives for increased collaboration between Dutch research institutes, companies and other organisations involved in the development of antibiotics, or alternatives for these. The aim is to further improve… Continue reading

NWO announces matchmaking event and ‘Building blocks of life’ research programme

On November 17 2015 NWO will organise a matchmaking event in the ‘Oude Magazijn’ in Amersfoort. The event is part of NWO’s new research programme ‘Building blocks of life’, launched to address a number of urgent scientific and social challenges at the interface of physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and systems analysis. The goal of the ‘Building blocks for life’… Continue reading

Health~Holland launches online portal, a gateway to the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector

Health~Holland, the brand name and communication channel of the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health, recently launched a portal on This online gateway serves as the central information hub for life sciences and health SMEs and other organisations in the Netherlands and internationally . The portal’s content focuses on the Top Sector’s priorities, including finance, public-private partnerships, crossovers and… Continue reading

Urgent plea for big biology software development

Several authors from DTL partners UMC Utrecht (Pjotr Prins, Edwin Cuppen) and UMCG (Ritsert Jansen), together with a.o. Phil Bourne (NIH) wrote an urgent plea in Nature Biotechnology for effective big biology software development. The authors stress the importance of acknowledging that software development is an integral part of research and not just an underpinning method. Projects and universities need to promote… Continue reading

DTL PAC welcomes Prof. Marten Smidt as Uva PAC Member

Marten Smidt, professor of Molecular Neuroscience, was recently appointed director of University of Amsterdam’s Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS). He is responsible for leading the Molecular Neuroscience research team at SILS, and closely involved with education at the Faculty of Science in his capacity as programme director of the Neurobiology cluster. Marten Smidt will succeed Prof. Willem Stiekema as a… Continue reading

Open PHACTS wins Linked Open Data award

Recently, Open PHACTS, the knowledge management project of IMI, was awarded first prize in the Linked Open Data Award category of the European Linked Data Contest (ELDC). Open PHACTS is an international 30 member consortium, with the VU, University of Maastricht, LUMC, and the former NBIC as Dutch contributors. DTL’s industrial partners The Hyve, Phortos Consultants and Micelio are amongst the 50+ associated partners of the project.  The Open PHACTS… Continue reading

Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission’s high level expert group on ‘European Open Science Cloud’

Professor Barend Mons has been appointed Chair of the Commission High Level Expert Group “European Open Science Cloud”, initiated by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. Barend Mons is professor in Biosemantics at the Human Genetics department of Leiden University Medical Center, is Head of Node for ELIXIR-NL at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences, Integrator Life Sciences at the Netherlands… Continue reading

DTL participates in NFU Data4lifesciences programme

Earlier this year, the university medical centres (UMCs) opted for a joint approach to set up a high quality research data infrastructure; Data4lifesciences. Under the coordination of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), DTL collaborates with national programmes such as CTMM-TraiT, BBMRI-NL, Parelsnoer, AcZie, Mondriaan and SURF to work towards the implementation of a shared research data infrastructure for biomedical… Continue reading