The first e-IRG workshop of the year will be hosted by the Hungarian NREN (NIIFI) and will take place in Budapest, 4-5 April 2011, at the prestigious historical headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The open workshop will be followed by the closed meeting of the e-IRG delegates, on the 6th of April.
The e-IRG workshops serve as open forums to present, debate, and consolidate best practices and policies in the field of electronic infrastructures (computer networks, grids, clouds, supercomputers, data infrastructures, etc.) and their services for research and education. The workshops are open to all (for registration see below), and function as incubators for feeding new information and trends into the e-IRG plenum work.
The main objective of e-IRG is to investigate and document the e-infrastructural needs of European science and academia, and to provide related recommendations to European policy bodies, initiatives and major projects. e-IRG is a policy forum for the exchange of ideas, for developing common standpoints, and for translating them into concrete policy proposals. By this way e-IRG is serving both the wide community of developers and users of e-Infrastructures, and the policy makers in the EC as well as in the national governments.
This workshop program is dedicated to several key topics of great future importance, such as;
- the role and function of e-Infrastructures in the European Research Area
- an overview of selected e-Infrastructure trends
- the cohesion and regional aspects of e-Infrastructures
- e-Infrastructure relations and partnerships, such as R&D communities and ICT activities
- e-Infrastructure aspects in preparing for the 8th Framework programme
Opening address will be delivered by the Vice President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Norbert Kroo, member of the ERC Scientific Council.
e-IRG is also preparing for its 25th internal delegates meeting in Budapest on the 1st of June.