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e-IRG Workshop under Croatian EU Presidency will be a virtual conference

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and the recent restrictions imposed by the different governments in several countries, e-IRG has decided to cancel the e-IRG Workshop originally planned for 25-26 May 2020 in Zagreb as a physical meeting.

Instead e-IRG plans to arrange a virtual conference.

The e-IRG Workshop will take place as a series of three webinars on 25 and 26 May, organised within the framework of Croatia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union by the e-IRG secretariat and the University of Zagreb, the University Computing Centre (SRCE) with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education.

Each webinar will address one of the key challenges of e-Infrastructures within the new ERA: future skills, partnerships and FAIR data. In these virtual sessions participants are given the opportunity to interact with the speakers as well.

The general theme is "Grand challenges of e-infrastructures within the new ERA".

  • 25th May afternoon webinar (14:00 - 15:45 CET)

Topic: Future skills in the new European Research Area

This session addresses the future skills in the new ERA landscape, which are required to produce, circulate and use research-based knowledge.  They are critical for the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall European research and have an impact on educational ecosystems to overall market and societal benefits. The session addresses the context of skills development in the changing European e-Infrastructure landscape and its effects on national and regional employment contexts.

This session will try to answer questions like: What are the required future skills in Digital Europe? What is needed in terms of new skills so that the added value of open data and data sharing can be exploited? What kind of skills development is needed? What changes have had a big impact on the development of learning and teaching in the past and which are to be expected in the future? What is needed to keep higher education relevant, valuable and inclusive, in particular for higher education, research and innovation?

Moderator is Ignacio Blanquer, e-IRG delegate from Spain.

Speakers are Croatian State Secretary, Tome Anticic; EOSC WG Skills Chair Natalia Manola; Sonja Filipovska from NI4OS-Europe; and Fotis E. Psomopoulos from ELIXIR Training.

  • 26th May morning webinar (10:00 - 12:00 CET)

Topic: Empowering the e-Infrastructure partnerships in ERA

Partnerships are getting into the focus of attention in Europe as a means for funding, coordination and sustainability of pan-European projects and initiatives and distribute the inherent risk of these undertakings. This session aims to address the practical benefits of joint activities in a federated environment like the European Research Area. A dedicated focus of the session is on partnerships in the European e-Infrastructure area and in particular for the envisaged EOSC partnership.

This session will try to answer questions like: What do we want to achieve with the EU partnerships? What are the main issues from MS/AC perspectives and EC, e.g. Governance, funding, voting or other stakeholders’ perspectives? What is the current state of EuroHPC and EOSC and how is their cooperation foreseen?

Moderator is Matthew Dovey, JISC.

Speakers are Liina-Mari Munari from DG CONNECT; Karel Luyben from EOSC EB (tbc); and Erik Fledderus from SURF, NL          

  • 26th May afternoon webinar (14:00 - 15:30 CET)

Topic: Making the data and services FAIR with the focus on current developments

The implementation of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles are core of the European Open Science Cloud to provide an infrastructure to facilitate Open Science for all researchers in Europe. With the implementation of the FAIR principles Europe has the chance to further their uptake and provide an example for a paradigm change to science. The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of interoperability between data-holders, and the relevance of accessing data in order to share knowledge without constraints to users/researchers/providers of data and an open and free approach of science.

This session will try to answer questions like: How to bring FAIR forward, including the cultural aspect? What role do national public funding agencies play in the move towards FAIR data? How can we convince researchers to share data and implement FAIR principles?

Moderator is Paolo Budroni, e-IRG delegate from Austria.

Speakers are Barend Mons from GoFAIR and CODATA; Juan Bicarregui from EOSC and RDA, UKRI STFC; and Isabel Bernal from the Open Access repository at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).  

Registration is open at http://e-irg.eu/workshop-2020-05-registration-online. The e-IRG secretariat will provide you with connection details for the webinar soon.