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How does ELIXIR works?

ELIXIR (European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological Information) is built on existing data resources and services. It follows a hub-and-nodes model, with a single Hub located in a new building alongside EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK and a growing number of Nodes located at centres of excellence throughout Europe.

At present, 17 member states and EMBL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to participate in ELIXIR. This is a non-binding agreement, which commits Member States to work towards signing the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA).

On 18 December 2013, ELIXIR became a permanent legal entity following the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and EMBL. The remaining ELIXIR MoU countries will work towards ratifying the ECA throughout 2014.

How does ELIXIR_CZ Node works?

Czech Republic has become the fourth country to ratify the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA), which is the document that provides the legal basis for ELIXIR. The ECA has already been ratified by the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and EMBL. IOCB became a coordinator of the Czech part (12 Czech research institutions) of the ELIXIR.

Collaborating organizations

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR

Czech ELIXIR national Node and admin of computational resources for bioinformatics projects. Proteomics resources and small molecule database are the flagships of the Node.

Masaryk University, Centers CEITEC and CERIT-SC, Brno

CEITEC – scientific center in the field of life sciences, focused on Molecular Medicine and Structural Biology, INSTRUCT member. CERIT SC - experimental e-infrastructure, advanced IT services

Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, Olomouc

Molecular genetics , structural and functional genomics of crop plant.

Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague

Cheminformatics and bioinformatics training , structural bioinformatics computational tools.

Institute of Molecular Genetics AS CR , Prague

DNA and RNA sequence analysis and tools, Interface with INFRAFRONTIER and EU-OPENSCREEN infrastructures.

Institute of Microbiology AS CR , Prague

Computational biology and bioinformatics tools, models of biological networks.


Provider of a large national e-infrastructure for R&D, consisting of communication, computing and storage facilities. CESNET officially represents the Czech Republic in the GÉANT project, EGI initiative and TERENA association.

University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice

Genomic center for plants and microorganisms, applied informatics.

Palacky University, Olomouc

Provider of Structural Bioinformatics Tools and the Interface with EATRIS infrastructure.


Developer and provider of novel bioinformatics tools for the analysis of protein structures and prediction of the effect of mutations on human health.

Global Change Research Centre, Brno

Global change related research, climate modeling, environmental factors and their mutual interactions in metabolism, physiology, and production processes in plants

Charles University, Prague

Development of diagnostics and prognostics tools in medicine, high-throughput analysis of genomic, proteomic and structural data, education and training.


Institute of Biotechnology AS CR, Prague

Bionformatic tools for structural biology and database of DNA structural families


Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, Biology Centre AS CR, Ceske Budejovice

Sequence composition, molecular organization and evolution of plant genomes and chromosomes.