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3rd Call for Multi-domain Access to Environmental RIs

The ENVRIplus project launched the 3rd and final call for proposals to access European multi-disciplinary environmental research platforms.

ENVRIplus offers opportunities for free-of-charge transnational access to selected user groups to six research facilities in cross-cutting areas in Europe: athmosphere, bio-ecosphere, hydro-marine and solid earth domain.

Important dates:

Proposal deadline:  4 March 2018

Access period: 1 May – 31 December 2018

The full call description, eligibility and application process can be found on the ENVRI community platform.

Thematic CERN School of Computing 2018

The 6th Thematic CERN School of Computing (tCSC 2018) will be held in Split, Croatia from 3 to 8 June 2018.

The theme of the school is “High Throughput Distributed Processing of Future HEP Data”.

The school is organized by CERN in collaboration with the University of Split and is hosted at the Mediterranean Institute For Life Sciences Conference Centre – a historical building situated in a landscaped park on the Adriatic Sea coast, a few kilometres from the centre of Split.

tCSC 2018 is aimed at postgraduate students, engineers and scientists with a few years experience in particle physics, in computing, or in related fields. Participation is limited to 24 students. See the academic programme for more details.

Important Dates:

  • Sunday 11 March – deadline for application.
  • Monday 26 March – information about the outcome of the selection by email.
  • Friday 20 April – latest date for fees payment.

The 14th IEEE eScience Conference

The 14th IEEE Conference on eScience will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 29 October to 1 November 2018. The objective of the conefrence is to promote all aspects of eScience and its associated technologies, applications, and tools.

IEEE eScience 2018 brings together leading international researchers and research software engineers from all disciplines to present and discuss how digital technology impacts scientific practice, from the humanities to physics and from ecology to astronomy.

Key dates for contributions:

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 25 May
Full paper submission deadline: Friday 1 June
Notification of acceptance: Wednesday 15 August 2018
Camera-ready papers: Monday 17 September 2018

Please find all information regarding the calls and submission guidelines on the event’s website.

eInfraCentral state of play after one year

Last week, I attended the annual meeting of the eInfraCentral project in Brussels. During the day, we reviewed the main achievements of the first year of work: 1) a common template for describing services across e-infrastructures was agreed, 2) a beta version of the portal to browse and discover services was launched, 3) an initial collection of 69 services was collected from the initial set of e-Infrastructure service providers.

During the event, we also discussed about the next steps for the coming months. Many activities are in the pipeline and include the gathering of service descriptions from many other e-infrastructure initiatives, the improvements of the portal (e.g. adding both push/pull programmatic interfaces to update the content), and the organisation of promotional events to raise the awareness of the portal for both users and providers.

With the start of the EOSC-hub project, positioning and collaboration areas were also identified to ensure synergies across the two initiatives. While the eInfraCentral portal can act as the “Trivago” for e-Infrastructure services, the planned EOSC-hub marketplace can the “” for a number of affiliated providers.

More was done and more is expected in the upcoming period. If you want to know more, read the second edition of the eInfraCentral newslette and follow the project Twitter feed.

Joint XDC-DEEP kick-off meeting: 23-25 January, Bologna

The joint eXtreme-DataCloud (XDC) project and DEEP-HybridDataCloud kickoff meeting, hosted by INFN, will take place in Bologna (Italy) on 23-25 January, 2018 at the CNR Conference Center.

This kick-off meeting will be the first opportunity for the two projects communities to meet and start planning their activities for the coming years. The programme features a plenary session on January 24th morning to present the two initiatives to a wider public, including user communities not directly involved and e-infrastructure providers interested in the projects outcomes.

Registration is free of charge, but mandatory.

See the agenda of the meeting.

DIRAC Training: 25-26 January in Toulouse, France

The DIRAC training is organised by France Grilles from 25 to 26 January, in Toulouse, France.

The aim of the training is to enable trainees to gain experience and familiarise themselves with the DIRAC service offered by France Grilles.

The DIRAC trainers are experts who are members of the DIRAC development team and/or administrators of the shared DIRAC service.
Instructions will be given to trainees upon registration.

More details, schedule and registration are to be found on the event’s webpage.

International Workshop on Big Data Analytics

The Big Data Analytics Workshop (BigDAW18) will take place in Italy, from 8 to 10 May 2018.

Aim of the workshop

Managing and processing large volumes of data, or “Big Data”, and gaining meaningful insights is a significant challenge facing the distributed computing community. As a consequence, many businesses are demanding large-scale streaming data analytics. This has a significant impact on a wide range of domains, including health care, biomedical research, internet searches, finance and business informatics, and scientific computing.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a fertile ground for collaboration among research institutions and industries in the fields of analytics, machine learning, and high-performance computing.


Authors are invited to submit full papers to the workshop. Full papers must be submitted through the workshop submission site and should not exceed six double-column pages in ACM conference format. This limit includes figures, tables, and references.

Important dates

Duration: 8 May to 10 May 2018

Submission deadline: 10 February 2018

Decision notification: 14 March 2018

Camera-ready copy: 28 March 2018

Find all the details on the workshop’s website.

The 3rd CernVM Users’ Workshop

This article is posted on behalf of Catalin Condurache.

The next CernVM Users’ Workshop will take place at CERN from 30 January to 1 February 2018.

Following the successful editions held at CERN and RAL (UK), the workshop aims to bring together users and developers to discuss the current status of the CernVM ecosystem and the future directions, with a fresh look onto the landscape of technology and the evolution in virtualization and cloud computing.

This edition will also be the occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CernVM project.

As in previous editions, guests from industry will attend to speak on selected technology topics, while the third day of the workshop will be entirely dedicated to ‘hands on’ sessions.

More information about the CernVM Users’ Workshop, including the programme.

9th European Innovation Summit

The 9th European Innovation Summit will take place from 27 November  to 1 December 2017 at European Parliament in Brussels and in the context of the first ever European Innovation Week.

2017 is an important year for the future of innovation in Europe and preparations for the next multi-annual financial framework have started. The summit is an opportunity to reflect on how innovation can be done more intelligently by making better use of available knowledge and resources. The debates should focus on concrete solutions addressing major challenges.
Summit partners have the opportunity to organize their own event as part of the summit programme on a topic of their choice and contribute to the plenary and other conference sessions.

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, will speak at the opening ceremony of the event and will communicate EGI’s role in stimulating innovation practices in Europe.

Have a look at the full programme.

DI4R 2017 associated event: AEGIS workshop

The AARC Engagement Group for Infrastructures (AEGIS) brings together representatives from research infrastructures and e-infrastructures, operators of AAI services and the AARC team to bridge communication gaps and make the most of common synergies. This workshop will offer an interactive session where researchers and research infrastructures present their use-cases and describe how they do their daily work and which obstacles they face to access resources.

Programme of the workshop:

  • Introduction of the day and how we will work together;
  • Federated Access management: why, how and when;
  • Let’s talk: round tables to  understand who the researchers are, where they are, their main requirements (enhance and extend FIM4R), and main problems they encounter;
  • Let’s talk: round table to understand what AAI services are available and what they mean for the researchers. Inputs to define a roadmap for the next 2 years;
  • Summary of main findings and identify where work should continue (AEGIS, EOSC, GN4, and others).

Registration for the event is now open!