Last call for papers to the HealthGrid and IWSG-Life Conferences

Last call to submit your contribution to this year’s HealthGrid conference and IWSG-Life (International Workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences). The deadline for submission is 16 January 2012.

The HealthGrid conference welcomes applications for talks in the form of full or short papers with original, unpublished work; proposals for tutorials that enable new users to employ a specific healthgrid application or system; and demonstration session that will showcase innovative prototypes or production platforms relevant to the conference topics.

The IWSG-Life conference is looking for researchers to present their work in one of three formats: 20-minute talks, 10-minute lightning talks, and demonstrations. Full papers of no more than ten pages are required in application for the 20-minute talks; abstracts are accepted for the lightning talks or demonstration sessions.

Both conferences are co-organised as a joint event in association with EGI.eu, to take place at the Amsterdam Medical Centre in The Netherlands from 21 to 25 May 2012.

 

Last chance to win a tablet PC in our Mascot Competition

Have you found our mascot? You only have a few days left to tell us about it!

EGI’s Mascot Competition is looking for a characterful ambassador to represent the European Grid Infrastructure. Don’t miss your chance to win all these prizes (photo) and more, including a touch screen tablet computer. Make sure your entry reaches us before the deadline of 31 December at 23:59 CET. If you are bursting with ideas, you can even enter more than once, as long as each entry is sent separately.

There are two prizes to be won – the Grand Winner and the People’s Choice. Go to our mascot competition page for full details and instructions on how to submit your entry. Good luck!
 

Last chance to win a tablet PC in our Mascot Competition

Have you found our mascot? You only have a few days left to tell us about it!

EGI’s Mascot Competition is looking for a characterful ambassador to represent the European Grid Infrastructure. Don’t miss your chance to win all these prizes (photo) and more, including a touch screen tablet computer. Make sure your entry reaches us before the deadline of 31 December at 23:59 CET. If you are bursting with ideas, you can even enter more than once, as long as each entry is sent separately.

There are two prizes to be won – the Grand Winner and the People’s Choice. Go to our mascot competition page for full details and instructions on how to submit your entry. Good luck!
 

Registration open: International Symposium on Grids and Clouds

Online registration is open for the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 which will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, from 26 February to 2 March 2012, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. To enjoy the early bird discount rate, please register before 13 January 2012. The final registration deadline is 22 February 2012.

‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’ is the theme of ISGC 2012. The last decade has seen the wide-scale emergence of e-infrastructure as a critical asset for the modern e-scientist. The emergence of large-scale research infrastructures and instruments that has produced a torrent of electronic data is forcing a generational change in the scientific process and the mechanisms used to analyse the resulting data deluge. No longer can the processing of these vast amounts of data and production of relevant scientific results be undertaken by a single scientist. Virtual Research Communities that span organisations around the world, through an integrated digital infrastructure that connects the trust and administrative domains of multiple resource providers, have become critical in supporting these analyses.

ISGC 2012 will be the 10th meeting that over the last decade has tracked the convergence, collaboration and innovation of individual researchers across the Asia Pacific region to a coherent community and as a result has helped drive the growth of regional e-science activities and its collaborations around the world. 

 

Registration open: International Symposium on Grids and Clouds

Online registration is open for the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 which will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, from 26 February to 2 March 2012, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. To enjoy the early bird discount rate, please register before 13 January 2012. The final registration deadline is 22 February 2012.

‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’ is the theme of ISGC 2012. The last decade has seen the wide-scale emergence of e-infrastructure as a critical asset for the modern e-scientist. The emergence of large-scale research infrastructures and instruments that has produced a torrent of electronic data is forcing a generational change in the scientific process and the mechanisms used to analyse the resulting data deluge. No longer can the processing of these vast amounts of data and production of relevant scientific results be undertaken by a single scientist. Virtual Research Communities that span organisations around the world, through an integrated digital infrastructure that connects the trust and administrative domains of multiple resource providers, have become critical in supporting these analyses.

ISGC 2012 will be the 10th meeting that over the last decade has tracked the convergence, collaboration and innovation of individual researchers across the Asia Pacific region to a coherent community and as a result has helped drive the growth of regional e-science activities and its collaborations around the world. 

 

Protecting Portugal’s Aveiro Lagoon

How grid computing allows for a better management of coastal resources.

The Aveiro Lagoon in Portugal is a national treasure. With a length of about 45km and separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a sandy dune barrier, this shallow lagoon is one of Europe’s last pristine coastal marshes and a haven for many bird species. The Ria de Aveiro, as it is known locally, is also an important source of revenue in the region, fuelling not only the tourism and aquaculture industries but also artisan fishing and the collection of fleur de sel, a prized variety of salt.
In the past few years the lagoon (technically a half-delta) has been threatened by a decrease in water quality due to industrial, urban and agricultural effluents, but thanks to the Ria’s economic, ecologic and cultural importance, there is a strong push to preserve its ecosystem. The key to long-term sustainability is efficient management and to achieve that, decision-makers need to have a solid understanding of this environment.

Marta Rodrigues and Anabela Oliveira, together with colleagues from National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Portugal (LNEC), applied a three-dimensional computational model called ECO-SELFE to the Aveiro Lagoon scenario. ECO-SELFE is a fully-coupled ecological-hydrodynamic model. This means that it has modules that determine physical variables (e.g. currents, water temperature or salinity) alongside others for biochemical processes (e.g. carbon, nitrogen cycles) and even ecological relationships at the base of the food chain (e.g. plankton mortality or availability of prey). The idea was to determine how the different ecological input parameters are interconnected and which ones are the most likely to affect the model results and the health of the lake.

 

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Protecting Portugal’s Aveiro Lagoon

How grid computing allows for a better management of coastal resources.

The Aveiro Lagoon in Portugal is a national treasure. With a length of about 45km and separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a sandy dune barrier, this shallow lagoon is one of Europe’s last pristine coastal marshes and a haven for many bird species. The Ria de Aveiro, as it is known locally, is also an important source of revenue in the region, fuelling not only the tourism and aquaculture industries but also artisan fishing and the collection of fleur de sel, a prized variety of salt.
In the past few years the lagoon (technically a half-delta) has been threatened by a decrease in water quality due to industrial, urban and agricultural effluents, but thanks to the Ria’s economic, ecologic and cultural importance, there is a strong push to preserve its ecosystem. The key to long-term sustainability is efficient management and to achieve that, decision-makers need to have a solid understanding of this environment.

Marta Rodrigues and Anabela Oliveira, together with colleagues from National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Portugal (LNEC), applied a three-dimensional computational model called ECO-SELFE to the Aveiro Lagoon scenario. ECO-SELFE is a fully-coupled ecological-hydrodynamic model. This means that it has modules that determine physical variables (e.g. currents, water temperature or salinity) alongside others for biochemical processes (e.g. carbon, nitrogen cycles) and even ecological relationships at the base of the food chain (e.g. plankton mortality or availability of prey). The idea was to determine how the different ecological input parameters are interconnected and which ones are the most likely to affect the model results and the health of the lake.

 

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Protecting Portugal’s Aveiro Lagoon

How grid computing allows for a better management of coastal resources.

The Aveiro Lagoon in Portugal is a national treasure. With a length of about 45km and separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a sandy dune barrier, this shallow lagoon is one of Europe’s last pristine coastal marshes and a haven for many bird species. The Ria de Aveiro, as it is known locally, is also an important source of revenue in the region, fuelling not only the tourism and aquaculture industries but also artisan fishing and the collection of fleur de sel, a prized variety of salt.
In the past few years the lagoon (technically a half-delta) has been threatened by a decrease in water quality due to industrial, urban and agricultural effluents, but thanks to the Ria’s economic, ecologic and cultural importance, there is a strong push to preserve its ecosystem. The key to long-term sustainability is efficient management and to achieve that, decision-makers need to have a solid understanding of this environment.

Marta Rodrigues and Anabela Oliveira, together with colleagues from National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Portugal (LNEC), applied a three-dimensional computational model called ECO-SELFE to the Aveiro Lagoon scenario. ECO-SELFE is a fully-coupled ecological-hydrodynamic model. This means that it has modules that determine physical variables (e.g. currents, water temperature or salinity) alongside others for biochemical processes (e.g. carbon, nitrogen cycles) and even ecological relationships at the base of the food chain (e.g. plankton mortality or availability of prey). The idea was to determine how the different ecological input parameters are interconnected and which ones are the most likely to affect the model results and the health of the lake.

 

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European Globus users to meet at the Community Forum

Building on the success of the first European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) in 2011, the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) is hosting its second forum meeting on March 26, 2012 at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich, Germany. The event will be co-located with the European Grid Infrastructure Community Forum (EGICF 2012).

The EGCF annual event provides a unique opportunity for European Globus users to introduce and discuss their work, challenges, solutions and best practices within a community atmosphere. The event also gives participants the opportunity to provide feedback on Globus technologies, as well as present any Globus requirements they may have for their research. Co-organised with the US Globus team, the Forum allows your voice to be heard both within the European community as well as the Globus team in the United States.

What’s new at the Forum meeting in 2012:

  • Unique opportunity to present and discuss Globus requirements with IGE and the Globus US team - make sure your requirements are heard!

  • Keynote by Globus US project lead, with insider news from Globus US team leader on important upcoming Storage and Collaboration features (hear it here first!)

  • Hands-on workshops and Q&A led by Globus experts

  • Community stories by researchers using Globus

  • Constitution of the 2012 EGCF Council and election of its speaker

Admission is free, and registration for the event is now open. Please take also note of the Call for Participation.

European Globus users to meet at the Community Forum

Building on the success of the first European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) in 2011, the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) is hosting its second forum meeting on March 26, 2012 at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich, Germany. The event will be co-located with the European Grid Infrastructure Community Forum (EGICF 2012).

The EGCF annual event provides a unique opportunity for European Globus users to introduce and discuss their work, challenges, solutions and best practices within a community atmosphere. The event also gives participants the opportunity to provide feedback on Globus technologies, as well as present any Globus requirements they may have for their research. Co-organised with the US Globus team, the Forum allows your voice to be heard both within the European community as well as the Globus team in the United States.

What’s new at the Forum meeting in 2012:

  • Unique opportunity to present and discuss Globus requirements with IGE and the Globus US team - make sure your requirements are heard!

  • Keynote by Globus US project lead, with insider news from Globus US team leader on important upcoming Storage and Collaboration features (hear it here first!)

  • Hands-on workshops and Q&A led by Globus experts

  • Community stories by researchers using Globus

  • Constitution of the 2012 EGCF Council and election of its speaker

Admission is free, and registration for the event is now open. Please take also note of the Call for Participation.