Recent key events in Europe
International Conference on Research Infrastructures ICRI2018
| Vienna, Austria | 12-14 September 2018
The International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) 2018 was organised in the framework of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Vienna. Participants and speakers from all continents attended this event. During the conference the recommendations of the ICRI2016 were confirmed and it was underlined that these recommendations are still valid. Research Infrastructures have impact on innovation and economy and thus on the development of the society.
Research Infrastructures are planned to operate for decades and thus a sustainable operation and an alignment of funding instruments is important. This long period from planning to operation requires reactivity and flexibility to scientific as well as political developments to stay at the forefront of their scientific domain and maintain scientific diversity and excellence. With regard to the open approach the concept of reciprocity was repeatedly underlined.
In parallel sessions topics like the need for developing a shared vision on global research infrastructures, the need for increasing the visibility of European Research Infrastructures and their services, the conditions for transnational access and sharing of results, the development of human resources and skills, fostering diversity and overcome inequalities in all facets and the enhancement of the societal value of Research Infrastructures were discussed. The report on the outcome of the ICRI2018 is still under preparation.
European Science Foundation workshop “Challenges for the European Research Area”
| Florence, Italy | 3 October 2018
Experts of different domains came together to discuss, exchange and debate critical subjects for the European Research Area, such as mission-based approaches in the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme, current trends in merit-based scientific review, and Open Science. Among the topics under the Open Science theme were collaboration and sharing of services and resources of Research Infrastructures (RI); a link between such sharing, more technological and scientific breakthroughs and higher socio-economic impacts; a need to re-think incentives and rewards for researchers and RIs when engaging in an Open Science environment.
DI4R 2018: Serving the User Base
| Lisbon, Portugal | 9-11 October 2018
Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, this conference had sessions, posters and networking opportunities for Europe’s researchers, developers and service providers. All created in order to brainstorm and discuss how best to serve the user base. The work of eInfraCentral was presented in several sessions: “EOSC Service Architecture: how the services could support the use communities”, “Rules of Participation for EOSC”, “Shaping the EOSC service roadmap: what users need”, “EOSC from Theory to Practice”, and “Innovation for Open Science with SMEs”.
ESFRI Workshop “Monitoring of RIs, periodic update of Landmarks, use of KPIs”
| Milan, Italy | 19-20 November 2018
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) organised this dedicated workshop to address the need to develop a proper methodology for the periodic update on the State of Play of ESFRI Landmarks and to foster their long-term sustainability. It drew from the Pilot Periodic Review Exercise carried out with 4 Landmarks and considering EU Council Conclusions of 29 May 2018. These mention ESFRI as the strategic forum to develop a common methodology for monitoring RIs and stress ESFRI role in the development of the EOSC.
In this workshop PRACE participated in the panel session “FAIR + R and EOSC-readiness implications on RIs performance and sustainability”. It served to understand that FAIR+R data principles impact the services that RIs provide, and each RI can only act in certain steps of the data pipeline. This high diversity needs to be properly considered in the future monitoring of Research Infrastructures and in the implementation of FAIR+R principles.
The results of the workshop will feed into the activities of the ESFRI ad hoc Working Group on Monitoring of Research Infrastructures Performance, also in view of interacting with the European Commission High Level Expert Group on assessment of the progress of ESFRI and other World Class Research Infrastructures towards implementation and long-term sustainability.
The recording of the workshops can be viewed here.
| Vienna, Austria | 20-21 November 2018
The second e-IRG workshop in 2018 was organised under Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During the first session the Go-FAIR initiative and its approach beyond regional open science initiatives was presented by Prof Barend Mons, who underlined the importance of machine actionable data on the example of the Personal Health Train that could lead to important improvements in the health sector. Prof Roberto Barbara reported about projects which are taking up the concepts of Open Science and the European Science Cloud in Africa to develop science and research in different African countries. Mrs Fidel Rahel from the Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology presented the development of an African Open Science Cloud.
During the second day the preliminary outcome of the e-IRG activity on National Nodes as building blocks for the European Open Science Cloud was presented. The first analysis showed that there are some good examples for national and regional coordination of different e-Infrastructures like the Italian initiative ICDI and the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeiC). Also a presentation of the German initiative towards a national research data infrastructure was given.
2nd EOSC Stakeholder Forum: Shaping the Future of the EOSC
| Vienna, Austria | 21-22 November 2018
The 2nd EOSC Stakeholder Forum brought together researchers and provider of e-Infrastructures. During the forum a broad spectrum of EOSC-related topics were discussed. The adoption of EOSC principles through projects from various disciplines like the Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy were presented. A workshop for scientific communities addressed the specific user needs and opportunities to define the EOSC service roadmap. Also, the topic of the implementation of FAIR data principles were discussed.
| Vienna, Austria | 23 November 2018
The week that has started with the e-IRG workshop and the 2nd EOSC Stakeholder Forum reached its peak with the official launch of the European Science Cloud. In the magnificent environment of the library of the university of Vienna representatives of Bulgarian, the Austrian and the Romanian EU Presidency read the Declaration of the European Open Science Cloud that highlights the most important steps and commitments, agreed upon by the Member States. The appointed representatives of the EOSC Governance Board and the Executive Board were officially announced and the EOSC Portal that incorporates the service catalogue as substantial contribution from eInfraCentral was presented. The launch of the European Open Science Cloud was buoyantly closed by two saxophone players performing the European anthem from Ludwig van Beethoven “Ode to Joy”.
Symposium “Open Science in the Greek Research Ecosystem: Research Data, Procedures and Collaborations”
| Athens, Greece | 29-30 November 2018
The Research Center "Athena” organised this symposium in the framework of the European projects OpenAIRE, infrastructure for Open Science in Europe, and the RDA Europe 4 (the European plug-in of Research Data Alliance, RDA). The eInfraCentral catalogues of e-services and resources, being the catalogue of the EOSC Portal, was presented in an interactive hands-on attended by the national service providers who wish to include their services in the catalogue.