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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

Life Sciences Cloud workshop, 16 March 2015, Cambridge, UK

This workshop, hosted by EMBL-EBI, brought together representatives of the life science research community with service providers from both within and outside the life science community such as European public e-Infrastructures and projects. ELIXIR, the European Research Infrastructure for Life Sciences, is expected to provide (either directly or through partnerships) a suite of integrated services to meet the needs of life science researchers across Europe. A major focus over the next few years will be the establishment of the ELIXIR Technical Services to meet the needs of ELIXIR’s prioritised use cases and to support other activities. ELIXIR expects to deliver its Technical Services in partnership with the public sector e-Infrastructure community, commercial service providers and elsewhere alongside services coming from the ELIXIR Nodes themselves.

The workshop was attended by cloud service providers offering life science specific and generic cloud infrastructure and life scientists who have plans to use or are already adopting cloud infrastructures and services to support their work.

By bringing these communities together, the workshop helped inform the life science community about the cloud services that are currently available to use, and that might emerge in the future as part of ELIXIR’s activities.

ELIXIR is considering investing in the replication of its data and is currently building a test case to assess the viability of a scientific marketplace.

The presentations made at the event are now available here:


Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.