Following the success of the previous editions of the BioHackathon Europe (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) organised by ELIXIR Europe, and building on the BioHackathons organised by National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) and Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), we are planning to run BioHackathon Europe 2022 in Paris 7-11 November 2022. We hope to build on our success and encourage more ELIXIR and non-ELIXIR participants to take part, as well as attract further industry engagement.


Remote access

This year, we are holding the BioHackathon at the Campus Des Berges de Seine near Paris, with remote access available for those that cannot attend the meeting in person.

We believe the new format will allow everyone to participate in the BioHackathon and deliver tangible outcomes from the selected projects.

Spaces are limited for face-to-face participation and the registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the 2022 BioHackathon has now closed (including registration for virtual participation).

Group discussion around a table
Presenting the results of a project
Playing table football


BioHackathon activities are driven by practical sessions where people gather, discuss, and implement ideas and projects during intensive and productive coding sessions. The topics will be aligned to challenges proposed by ELIXIR Platforms, ELIXIR Communities, and/or Focus Groups, and a set of common challenges proposed by the sister BioHackathon organised in Japan.


  • Advance the development of an open source infrastructure for data integration to accelerate scientific innovation. We will focus on technology implementations such as FAIR, identifiers, metadata standards, ontologies and metadata catalogues that support the operations across ELIXIR Platforms, Communities and Focus Groups.
  • Engage technical people in the bioinformatics community inside and outside ELIXIR to work together on topics of common interest aligned to ELIXIR activities
  • Strengthen the interactions with ELIXIR Platforms, Communities and Focus Groups to establish and reinforce collaborations through hands-on programming activities.

Expenses and funding

Registration for the BioHackathon is free, however you will have to pay your own travel, food and accommodation expenses. ELIXIR will pay expenses for a limited number of participants for accepted projects. More information will be published as it becomes available.

Please be aware that those who register as face-to-face participants must stay at the venue for the duration of the event. This is to optimise the value of on-site interaction and collaboration.


New developments

  • Integrating prototypes, proof-of-concept proposals or drafts into production

Existing developments and resources

  • Testing new versions
  • Gathering information for new features
  • Reaching out to new users
  • improving awareness
  • Receive input from experts in a different field

Personal and community building

  • Learning collaboratively with peers
  • Sharing interests to organise or grow communities
  • Meet and make new contacts

Industry engagement

People from diverse companies are encouraged to participate. If you have any questions, for example regarding the scope of the event, contact the ELIXIR Industry Officer:
Despoina Sousoni

Industry flyer

“It was an amazing experience...Two teams embraced our challenge to demonstrate the validity of edge computing. We reached our goal of connecting with the bioinformatics community and creating awareness for a new technology. No doubt we will participate in the future.”

- Natalia Jimenez

Code of Conduct

The ELIXIR Code of Conduct has been created so all participants at ELIXIR events organised and/or funded by the ELIXIR Hub can interact with each other in a respectful and safe environment, and have avenues to turn to in case they believe there has been a breach to this Code of Conduct.