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SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics – biological and biomedical data science

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an internationally recognised non-profit organisation dedicated to biological and biomedical data science

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an internationally recognised non-profit organisation dedicated to biological and biomedical data science. It is present in the main academic institutions of Switzerland and leads numerous national and international projects with a major impact on life science research and health.

SIB’s scientists are passionate about creating knowledge and converting complex questions into solutions in many fields, from biodiversity and evolution to medicine. They provide essential databases and software platforms, data management, software engineering and biocuration services, as well as computational biology know-how and training. The Institute delivers this expertise to academic groups and clinicians as well as to private companies.

SIB federates the Swiss bioinformatics community of some 800 scientists and cooperates with national and international institutions on research infrastructure matters. Over 160 databases and software tools, developed by SIB Groups and supporting a range of life science and clinical research domains are hosted on the Expasy portal (a description of the latest Expasy release is given here). As such, the portal is a gateway to bioinformatics, available to expert users, beginner researchers, teachers, students and more.
A full description of Expasy is given here.

The Institute contributes to keeping Switzerland at the forefront of innovation by fostering progress in biological research and enhancing health.

SIB is a federation of bioinformatics research and service groups, whose Group Leaders are senior academic staff at partner institutions, such as the University of Geneva.

Vision

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics fosters excellence in data science to support progress in biological research and health.

About bioinformatics

Bioinformatics encompasses:

  • Databases and knowledgebases for storing, retrieving and organizing biological information to maximize the value of biological data;
  • Software tools for modelling, visualizing, analysing, interpreting and comparing biological data;
  • Computing and storage infrastructure to process large amounts of data;
  • Analysis of complex biological datasets or systems in the context of particular research projects;
  • Research in a wide variety of biological fields using computer- and data science and leading to applications in diverse areas, from agriculture to precision medicine.

Bioinformatics is thus a multidisciplinary field bringing together biologists, computer scientists and mathematicians, as well as statisticians and physicists.

Activity Reports

The Activity Report “SIB Profile” is published every year. The report presents the institution, gives financial information, and summarizes its research and service activities. It focuses on the highlights of the past year and projections for the current and coming years.

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