ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data-driven innovation in food, nutrition and the microbiome

The latest Innovation and SME Forum will bring together companies active in the probiotics, food and health sectors to stimulate interaction between companies and academic partners.
The event will be organised as a series of interactive sessions on Data Sources, Tools and Analysis and Integration Challengesenabling microbiome research and innovation. 

It will showcase a selection of free data resources and services available through ELIXIR, such as PRIDEEuropean Nucleotide Archive and Metagenomics Portal, as well as examples of innovative companies already using public data in their business, such as MyMicroZoo and MS-Omics. Participants will also learn about the training opportunities on food, nutrition and microbiome resources available through ELIXIR.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Wim Haentjens (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation – Agri-food unit)
  • Peer Bork (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
  • Silvia Miret Catalan (Director Nutrition & Health Discover at Unilever)

Companies and SMEs will have the opportunity to present their activities and explore possible collaborations through a dedicated flash-talk session.

Hosted by ELIXIR Belgium, the event is free and open to all companies and academia in Belgium and beyond. It runs back to back with the international workshop organised by OECD and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish government: "Personalised nutrition for better health - targeting the microbiome".

  • Detailed Programme can be found here
  • More information about the event can be found here
  • Registration deadline 1 October
Programme: Pablo Roman Garcia (
Travel and accommodation: Dana Cernoskova (


Event Details


Monday, October 9, 2017 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017


KVS - Brussels City Theatre
Lakensestraat 146
1000 Brussels

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