Vision & Mission
European Centre for Bioinformatics and Genomics was established as a consortium of the Poznan University of Technology and the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS. Innovative potential of the European Centre for Bioinformatics and Genomics has been noticed and appreciated by the Polish Ministry of Science and Education. In 2013, ECBiG has been placed on the Polish Research Infrastructure Roadmap (PMDIB), including 53 projects considered as strategic points for the development of Polish science and economy. European Centre for Bioinformatics and Genomics, as the only project from the region of Great Poland, has been assigned to the group of key initiatives having an impact in the scope of medical sciences.
- understand the mechanisms of complex biological systems and disease processes
- enable new ways to cure and prevent human diseases
The rationale of ECBiG activities is providing facilities, tools and databases for multi-scale and multi-level studies of biological systems. ECBiG infrastructure enables comprehensive studies of biological systems in the structural and functional genomics, supported by bioinformatics approaches. By a combination of sophisticated modern experimental techniques with computational analysis and modeling, the proposed infrastructure allows for integration of data from various levels of genetic information expression and various magnitude of biological systems' complexity.
The other rationale behind proposed research infrastructure is that ECBiG is a unique, interdisciplinary research center, created by consolidation of scientific and infrastructural potentials of two well recognized national institutions: PUT and IBCh PAS, which are members of the ECBiG consortium. Main activities of ECBiG are:
- conducting basic research in structural and functional genomics and bioinformatics;
- undertaking technological, developmental and implementation research initiatives;
- undertaking joint research projects by the ECBiG consortium members;
- exchange of experiences and cooperation between consortium members through joint marketing activities, meetings, joint seminars and conferences, etc.;
- providing access to modern technologies, methods and tools to external users on terms of scientific cooperation or technical and laboratory services, consistent with the statutes of the consortium members;
- dissemination of research results;
- organization of educational and training programs for students, scientists, medical care staff and industry staff;
- close cooperation between ECBiG and national or international institutes;
- dissemination of scientific knowledge among scientific society;
- science popularization initiatives;
- serving community by knowledge transfer initiatives and organization of meetings to increase their perception and understanding of current state of the art in science;
- facing the expectations of young people (students) interesting in start-up creation using novel technologies and working in biotechnological area as a center that can improve their knowledge and experience.
The overall objective of the project creating ECBiG (supported by EU grants) was the development of research potential of Wielkopolska region by equipping the European Centre for Bioinformatics and Genomics (ECBiG) in a modern, specialized and unique research equipment.
Other specific objectives arising from the general objective of the project were as follows:
- improving the competitiveness of Polish science
- development of strategic research set in the National Development Strategy
- raising the qualifications of the researchers
- increasing the transfer from R&D (Research and Development) to economy.
The general objective is achieved through the expansion and the modernization of the infrastructure of the ECBiG namely through the creation of ten experimental and computational laboratories. They constitute an effective research organization, gathering the entire path of genomic and bioinformatic research in one place, and allowing the linking of all levels of analysis (structural, functional and systematic). The integration of the scientific process is realized by providing ECBiG with specialized research equipment that can be used nationwide and worldwide. In addition, those favorable conditions for conducting high quality research will contribute to the use of modern solutions in a socio-economic practice.
Technologies developed in ECBiG are extremely cost-intensive and required support of the EU Structural Funds. Moreover, both consortium members in the past 5 years led over 30 research projects and investment projects worth over 1 million each.