The 2017 EuBIC Winter School was held from January 10th to January 13th 2017 in Semmering, Austria. This meeting gathered international researchers in the fields of bioinformatics and proteomics to discuss current challenges in data analysis and biological interpretation. This article outlines the scientific program and exchanges that took place on this occasion and presents the current challenges of this ever-growing field. Biological significance The EUPA bioinformatics community (EuBIC) organized its first winter school in January 2017. This successful event illustrates the growing need of the bioinformatics community in proteomics to gather and discuss current and future challenges in the field. In addition to the organization of yearly meetings, the young and active EuBIC community aims to develop new collaborative open source projects, spread bioinformatics knowledge in Europe, and actively promote data sharing through public repositories.