This e-IRG Workshop is primarily devoted to policy issues related to e-Infrastructures, by covering topics of strategic importance and requiring special e-IRG attention, such as:

  • the approaching conclusion of the 7th Framework Programme and the need of focusing on how e-Infrastructures will be developed and operated within the period following FP7 (see the related "Green Paper" of the EC)
  • the big challenge stemming from the EU 2020 Strategy (with innovation and ERA in the focal point), and the related flagship initiatives (especially the Innovation Union and the Digital Agenda)
  • the joint consideration of excellence and cohesion aspects as well as exploitation of Structural Funds in e-Infrastructure developments
  • the increased need for innovation through partnerships between the public and the private sector, and the role of e-Infrastructures in these partnerships at large.
  • the need of stronger connection between e-Infrastructure and ICT developments.

Our e-Infrastructure, among the changing circumstances, not only has to provide excellent service and stimulating inspiration to research and innovation in Europe but also supposes special support and continued central funding also in the future, beyond FP7.

No doubt: it is the eminent interest of the e-IRG community to present our comments on the Green Paper, and to prepare our recommendations with respect to the coming new framework of doing research and exploiting the benefits of e-Infrastructure in Europe. Therefore this Spring 2011 Workshop of the e-IRG concentrates on contributing to the compilation of our input to the Green Paper consultations on CSF, the Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding.

Monday 4 April 2011

12:00 - 13:00 Registration – Light drinks and sandwiches served
13:00 - 13:30

Session 1: Opening (chair: Lajos Balint, NIIFI, Hungary)

  • Research in Europe – the framework, the ERA, and the infrastructure: past, present, and future (Opening Address by Norbert Kroo, Vice President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Member of the ERC Scientific Council) [ PDF ]
  • About e-IRG in 2011 and about the Spring 2011 e-IRG Workshop (Opening Remarks by Gudmund Høst, The Research Council of Norway, Chair of e-IRG) [ PDF ]
13:30 - 15:00

Session 2: e-Infrastructures in the ERA – role and challenges (chair: Norbert Kroó, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, ERC Scientific Council)

  • Research Infrastructures in the ERA and their role in research and innovation in FP7 and beyond (Hervé Pero, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, HoU Research Infrastructures, ESFRI executive secretary) [ PDF ]
  • What e-Infrastructures provide for the ERA and what is needed to complete the service portfolio (Neil Geddes, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council) [ PDF]
  • ASPIRE, the new TERENA/GN3 foresight study - NRENs in the European Networking Ecosystem (John Dyer, TERENA, The Netherlands) [ PDF ]
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break – Light drinks and cakes served
15:30 - 17:30

Session 3: e-Infrastructures today and tomorrow: trends and perspectives (chair: Neil Geddes, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council)

  • e-Infrastructures now and in the future - ICT/FI, PPP, ERA, and global issues on the agenda (Kostas Glinos, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, HoU GÉANT and eInfrastructures) [ PDF]
  • Service level management in e-Infrastructures - the challenge of co-evolving, cross-organisational user and provider groups (Matti Heikkurinen, gSLM project consortium, United Kingdom) [ PDF ]
  • Data infrastructures for social sciences and humanities - digitising and archiving cultural heritage (Antonella Fresa, DC-NET Technical Coordinator, Italian Ministry of Culture - ICCU, Italy) [ PDF]
  • e-Infrastructure development trends in the area of grids, clouds, HPC, storage, virtualisation and IaaS (Péter Stefán, NIIFI, Hungary – Péter Kacsuk, MTA-SzTAKI, Hungary – Imre Szeberényi, BME, Hungary) [ PDF ]
17:30 - 18:30

Session 4 - Panel Discussion: Regional and cohesion aspects of
e-Infrastructure development
(chair: John Dyer, TERENA, The Netherlands)

  • e-Infrastructure development by using Structural Funds - practical experiences and lessons to learn (Tamas Maray, NIIFI, Hungary) [ PDF ]
  • Cost sharing principles and practice in developing and using e-Infrastructure facilities and services (Marko Bonac, ARNES, Slovenia) [ PDF ]
  • A successful model for regional development of eInfrastructures: the SEE case study (Aneta Karaivanova, BAS Institute of ICT, Bulgaria) [ PDF ]
  • A non-European view of using e-Infrastructures – Grid Computing in Latin America (Bernard Marechal, CETA-CIEMAT, Spain ) [ PDF ]
18:30     End of Day 1
20:00     Gala Dinner


Tuesday 5 April 2011

08:30 - 09:00 Registration – Light drinks and cakes served
09:00 - 10:30

Session 5: Partnerships and relations in developing and using e-infrastructures (chair: Vasilis Maglaris, NTUA, Greece, NREN Policy Committee – GÉANT Consortium)

  • The role of e-Infrastructures in PPP activities in the area of ICT and especially in Future Internet R&D (Mauro Campanella, GARR, Italy) [ PDF ]
  • Multiscale applications on European e-Infrastructures (Alfons Hoekstra, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) [ PDF ]
10:30 - 12:00

Session 6: Beyond FP7 – stability and sustainability of leading edge e-Infrastructure services in the ERA (chair: Mauro Campanella, GARR, Italy)

  • NRENs and GÉANT: Europe's Research & Education Community Road towards ICT Convergence (Vasilis Maglaris, NTUA, Greece, Chair of NREN Policy Committee – GÉANT Consortium) [ PDF ]
  • Humanities and social sciences join forces to link with eInfrastructures (Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands) [ PDF ]
  • A 10-year vision for Global Research Data Infrastructures (Fotis Karayannis, Independent Consultant, Greece) [ PDF ]
12:00 - 12:30 Coffee break – Light drinks and cakes served
12:30 - 13:30

Session 7 – Panel Discussion: e-IRG recommendations – focusing on the CSF Green Paper (chair: Gudmund Høst)

  • Observations, corollaries, suggestions, proposals from Sessions S2 … S6 presented, e-IRG recommendations discussed (Panelists: Representatives from S2 … S6 - tbc)
13:30 - 14:00

Session 8: Closing (chair: Lajos Bálint, NIIFI, Hungary)

  • Results and outcomes of the Workshop (Gudmund Høst, The Research Council of Norway, Chair of e-IRG)
  • Plans for the period of the Polish Presidency (Norbert Meyer, PSNC, Poland)
14:00     End of Day 2 – Light drinks and sandwiches served