Partners institutions

SIB is a federation of bioinformatics research and service groups from the major Swiss schools of higher education and renowned Swiss research institutes:

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International partners

SIB collaborates closely with several of the world’s leading research institutions.


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The European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) integrates research data from all corners of Europe and ensures a seamless service provision that is easily accessible to all. This open access to the rapidly expanding and critical datasets will facilitate discoveries that benefit humankind.
SIB is the Swiss Node of ELIXIR. In many regards, SIB represents a key asset in the establishment of this pan-European bioinformatics infrastructure, be it through access to its world renowned and widely used core resources, its long expertise in most bioinformatics areas or its experience in bioinformatics teaching activities.


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The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. EBI provides freely available molecular biology data and databases , which include UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot, a collaboration among SIB, EBI and the Protein Information Resource PIR. EBI is a non-profit, intergovernmental organization funded by EMBL member states. Its 500 staff members represent 43 nationalities, and it welcomes a regular stream of visiting scientists throughout the year.



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The Global Organization for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET), is a foundation whose mission is to provide a global, sustainable support and networking structure for bioinformatics educators, trainers, students and trainees. It provides a training portal for sharing materials, guidelines and best practice documents. It facilitates the capacity development in bioinformatics in all countries, develops standards and guidelines for bioinformatics education and training, and fosters the international community of trainers in bioinformatics.



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The Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC) is the Dutch network of bioinformatics experts active in research, education and support. Over 100 bioinformatics scientists collaborate structurally in a networked, supra-institutional organization. NBIC manages a broad and lively bioinformatics training programme. Its programmers and software engineers develop re-usable solutions and guide the professional implementation of novel software and databases.




The European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO) is a non-profit association established in Brussels, which promotes and defends the interests of Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) in Europe. RTOs are mission-oriented providers of innovation services to governments and firms, dedicated to improving quality of life and building economic competiveness. EARTO seeks to reinforce RTOs’ profiles and positions as key players in the minds of EU decision-makers by aiming to ensure that European R&D and innovation programmes are best attuned to their interests.




The Pistoia Alliance was established in 2009. It encompasses life science companies, academic groups, informatics vendors and publishers. Together, Pistoia Alliance members aim to lower barriers to innovation by improving the interoperability of R&D business processes through precompetitive collaboration. The organization focuses on bringing stakeholders to the table to define common conceptual steps of the life science R&D workflow.



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The Global Bioinformatics Network, is a worldwide organization that brings bioinformatics professionals together to serve, support and sustain the field of bioinformatics in the biological and biomedical research domains. Its missions are to provide education and training in bioinformatics, to exploit network infrastructures, and to promote global cooperation through its community networks.




The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions. Ground-breaking medical and technological applications have emerged from basic research conducted at the Weizmann Institute, such as the amniocentesis prenatal diagnostic test and affinity chromatography.