e-IRG Workshop Programme e-IRG Workshop Programme

e-IRG Workshop Programme (14-15 May, noon-to-noon)

The workshop program will be divided in two main parts: In the first part, the HPC ecosystem will be presented, including presentations about HPC-related issues. Future and Emerging Technologies Initiatives and their HPC/data needs will also be covered. In the second part, the status of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) will be presented, including the EC Implementation Roadmap, major EOSC projects and related data initiatives, along with national views. The second part will close with a session on European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) opportunities for national e-Infrastructures and European RIs (with emphasis on South Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean countries), bridging nicely with the regional workshop that follows.

The e-IRG workshop will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the current status and perspectives of Pan-European e-Infrastructure initiatives, and to see a clear picture of the achievements and challenges of the countries in the region of SEE and EM.

  • All 4 sessions of the workshop will be in  'Sofia Conference Hall', Floor 2.
  • The registration desk is in the Hotel lobby

 - Summary of the Workshop -

12:30 13:30  Registration desk open to pick up the badges.
14 May 2018
Session 1: Opening and European Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) initiatives




Welcome and European FET Initiatives, Chair: Gabriele von Voigt

      10' Opening and Welcome - Gabriele von Voigt, e-IRG Chair on behalf of e-IRG and Aneta Karaivanova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), on behalf of local organiser

Keynote: Digital Connectivity, EU and Western Balkans - Priorities of the Bulgarian EU presidency [pdf]

  • Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science

Quantum Computing [pdf]


Human Brain Project and FENIX [pdf]

15:00 – 15:30  Coffee / tea break
Session 2: Challenges Data and HPC




Chair: Peter Broennimann, Swiss Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)

        Presentations of 3 Initiatives:

The European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC) [pdf]


The Big Data Value Association [pdf]


The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) [pdf]


Panel Discussion - Data and HPC challenges for e-Infrastructures and related policy issues



  End of 1st day  

19:00    Dinner for the e-IRG workshop participants will be in the restaurant "Happy Village".The restaurant is on walking distance from the Grand hotel Sofia. See location Google maps here.

15 May 2018
Session 3: The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) - Progress and National Views




Chair: Aneta Karaivanova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


The EOSC Implementation Roadmap [pdf]

  • Athanasios Karalopoulos, Open Data Policy and Science Cloud Unit (A6), Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission (EC)

The EOSCpilot project [pdf]


EOSC-hub project [pdf]


The FAIR Data Action Plan [pdf]


National views from 3 EU countries
      20' Further Questions & Answers for the whole session

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee / tea break
Session 4: ESIF and e-Infrastructures development - The SEE case




Chair: Prof. Kostadin Kostadin Kostadinov, Adviser of the Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria

ESIF funding for national e-Infrastructures and EU RIs - The South-East European case

  • Bulgaria, Prof. Svetozar Margenov, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS) [pdf]
  • Cyprus, Prof. Constantia Alexandrou, The Cyprus Institute [pdf]
  • Greece, Prof. Panos Argyrakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Greek Research and Technology Network [pdf]
  • Hungary, Dr. Tamás Máray, National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) [pdf]

Panel Discussion




Wrap-up - Closing remarks and plans for next workshop, Gabriele von Voigt


13:00 – 13:45  Lunch for all workshop participants in the restaurant of the Grand Hotel Sofia