Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications: 20-02-2022
  • Course date: 2-4-7-9-11 March, 2022 at 14.30 - 17.30




The course does not include any fee.
A maximum of 25 candidates will be selected based on their need for the course as emerging from the application form. Priority will be given to candidates from ELIXIR-IT member institutions (see the list at the bottom).

Cancellation policy

Attendance is limited to 25 participants. We expect many more applications. Accepted candidates commit to attend the course for its whole duration. Failure to attend training sessions is disruptive; moreover, it blocks other candidates from participating. Therefore a cancellation policy is in place so that only written requests presented one week in advance relatively to the course starting date are accepted.


  • Claudio Carta - ELIXIR-IT, Istituto Superiore di Sanità - Roma, Italy
  • Matteo Chiara - ELIXIR-IT, Dept. of Biosciences, University of Milano, Italy
  • Mijke Jetten/Celia van Gelder - ELIXIR-NL, Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), Netherlands
  • Emma Lazzeri - ICDI, GARR, Roma, Italy
  • Gina Pavone - ICDI, National Research Council - ISTI, Pisa, Italy
  • Federica Quaglia - ELIXIR-IT, National Research Council - IBIOM, Bari, Italy


  • Emma Lazzeri - ICDI, GARR, Roma, Italy
  • Loredana Le Pera - ELIXIR-IT, Istituto Superiore di Sanità - FAST, Roma, Italy
  • Ivan Miçetic - ELIXIR-IT, University of Padua, Italy
  • Gina Pavone - ICDI, National Research Council - ISTI, Pisa, Italy
  • Allegra Via - ELIXIR-IT, National Research Council - IBPM, Roma, Italy
  • Marco Carraro - ELIXIR-IT, University of Padua, Italy


For all kinds of queries, please contact us at

Course Description

The course on FAIR Data Stewardship in Life Science has been organised by ELIXIR Italy, EOSC-Pillar Project, the ICDI Competence Centre, and EOSC-Life, in collaboration with ELIXIR Netherlands.

The course is focused on FAIR data management and stewardship. It provides the skills, tools, and standards required to embed Open Science in the research workflow, covering many aspects, such as: Open Science in Horizon Europe, Open Access in publishing, Research Data Management (RDM), FAIR principles, Open Data, and Data Management Plan. The course has been structured in 5 on-line training modules, each one built on frontal lessons and several interactions (detailed program will be available in the next future).

Target audience

This course is in Italian language (with only one session in English by invited speakers from the Netherlands) aimed at life-science researchers, technicians, data stewards, and data managers, especially if they are involved in projects that require planning and writing a Data Management Plan.

Application Form

Draft Programme

Wednesday - 2 March

14:30 - 17:30 Lectures & hands-on E. Lazzari
G. Pavone
Why do we need Open Science and what it is
The problem with research assessment
Reforming research assessment
Open Science in Horizon Europe: from proposal to project

Friday - 4 March

14:30 - 17:30 Lectures & hands-on E. Lazzari
G. Pavone
Open Access: what and how
Scientific publishing without APCs on authors
Open Research Europe
Tools and support

Monday - 7 March

14:30 - 17:30 Lectures & hands-on E. Lazzari
G. Pavone
F. Quaglia
Research Data Management: why it is essential to take care of data
What RDM is and how to practice it
FAIR principles
Data accessibility and legal aspects
Introduction to Biocuration: manually curated resources, good practices and use cases

Wednesday - 9 March

14:30 - 14:50 Talk C. Carta Making data FAIR to boost research on Rare Diseases
14:55 - 16:25 Tutorial M. Chiara Open databases and FAIR standards for SARS-CoV-2 genomic data
16:30 - 17:30 Talk M. Jetten & C. van Gelder Professionalising Data Stewardship in the Netherlands

Friday - 11 March

14:30 - 17:30 Practical E. Lazzari
G. Pavone
Hands-on! Retrieving and putting together all the elements to produce a Data Management Plan

ELIXIR-IT member institutions

  1. CNR, National Research Council (Lead Institute)
  2. CRS4
  4. Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento
  5. ENEA
  6. Fondazione Telethon
  7. INFN
  8. Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS)
  9. GARR
  10. Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli
  11. University of Roma "Sapienza"
  12. University of Bari
  13. University of Bologna
  14. University of Firenze
  15. University of Milano
  16. University of Milano Bicocca
  17. University of Napoli
  18. University of Padova
  19. University of Parma
  20. University of Roma "Tor Vergata"
  21. University of Salerno
  22. University of Torino
  23. University of Tuscia