The Education and Training Task Force report proposes strategic actions to establish, promote and resource the Grid and e-Science curricula in Europe. The ETTF report has been a major European effort and has already been noted on the international level, e.g. in the Open Grid Forum (OGF).
The ETTF report states that EU investments in e-Infrastructure require adequate investments in education in order to allow countries to fully develop and exploit these technologies for academic and industrial innovation. Coordinated development of e-Infrastructures across the EU is vital to maintain Europe’s competitive edge in the knowledge-based economy, supporting advances in science, industry and education. A shortage of skills and knowledge in using the e-Infrastructure is a key motivation for increased resourcing in the field.
The report stresses the need to invest in education in appropriate computational thinking or digital-systems judgments in every scientific, medical, engineering and humanities first degree. This allows graduating students to fully contribute to the knowledge economy with an appreciation of the potential of e-Infrastructures and rich information sources, and prepares them to make competent ethical and socio-economic judgments about their use.
According to the ETTF, there is also a need to invest in education of specialists via undergraduate and Masters courses and to develop a critical mass of experts who will innovate both in the provision and exploitation of e-Infrastructure and e-Science methods. Furthermore, Doctoral and Postdoctoral training programmes for intellectual, business and educational leaders, who will drive innovation across the European Research Area, have to be developed.
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The e-Infrastructures Reflection Group Support Programme 2 (e-IRGSP2) aims to provide means and resources for the progression of the work performed by the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG).The e-IRGSP2 is financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (grand agreement RI-223598) and started on 1st January 2008 and will continue until the end of December 2010.