Enter the mascot competition and win a tablet PC

Poster of the EGI mascot competition

EGI is looking for a mascot – our characterful ambassador to feature in posters, t-shirts and other goodies and give aways.

But what could this be? Is it an animal, a plant or a mineral? Something abstract? We don’t know so we set up the EGI Mascot Competition to find out.

Use your imagination and surprise us. Submit your idea to the competition and you might win a tablet computer and a free registration to the Community Forum in Munich (26-30 March 2012).

Here is how it’s going to work:

  • Submission of ideas opens 15 October 2011

  • Deadline for submissions is 31 December 2011

  • Online voting will take place between 11 January-8 February 2012

  • The winners will be announced on 15 February 2012

How to enter the competition

Come up with a great idea for a mascot. Tell us what it is, and why and how it represents the European Grid Infrastructure (in no more than 150 words). You can also include an optional image of any kind to support your entry – from a raw sketch to a final drawing, or even a photograph (file format: GIF, PNG or JPEG, 400 pixel maximum on the longest side). While submitting an image is not compulsory, we strongly suggest that you do, because it will help to communicate your idea, especially for the online voting.

When you have all the entry requirements, you are ready to submit. E-mail your submission to mascot@egi.eu with ‘Mascot entry’ in the subject line (this e-mail address is for submitting an entry only. For enquiries, please contact press@egi.eu). You can submit more than one entries, but each entry must be sent in a separate e-mail.
 

Enter the mascot competition and win a tablet PC

Poster of the EGI mascot competition

EGI is looking for a mascot – our characterful ambassador to feature in posters, t-shirts and other goodies and give aways.

But what could this be? Is it an animal, a plant or a mineral? Something abstract? We don’t know so we set up the EGI Mascot Competition to find out.

Use your imagination and surprise us. Submit your idea to the competition and you might win a tablet computer and a free registration to the Community Forum in Munich (26-30 March 2012).

Here is how it’s going to work:

  • Submission of ideas opens 15 October 2011

  • Deadline for submissions is 31 December 2011

  • Online voting will take place between 11 January-8 February 2012

  • The winners will be announced on 15 February 2012

How to enter the competition

Come up with a great idea for a mascot. Tell us what it is, and why and how it represents the European Grid Infrastructure (in no more than 150 words). You can also include an optional image of any kind to support your entry – from a raw sketch to a final drawing, or even a photograph (file format: GIF, PNG or JPEG, 400 pixel maximum on the longest side). While submitting an image is not compulsory, we strongly suggest that you do, because it will help to communicate your idea, especially for the online voting.

When you have all the entry requirements, you are ready to submit. E-mail your submission to mascot@egi.eu with ‘Mascot entry’ in the subject line (this e-mail address is for submitting an entry only. For enquiries, please contact press@egi.eu). You can submit more than one entries, but each entry must be sent in a separate e-mail.
 

Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory launched

A groundbreaking research project which could revolutionise the study of biodiversity around the world has been launched at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

The Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics led project, worth €5 million in funding, is seeking to provide a vital service that will improve the way scientists share, analyse and present information in the growing area of biodiversity science.

Biodiversity science is the study of plants and animals that inhabit our planet and the environments they live in. Amid growing concerns over the extinction rate of certain species as their natural habitats are increasingly destroyed, and with biodiversity becoming as important as climate change on the political agenda, this new research project could not be more timely.

Starting in September 2011, the three-year project called Biodiversity Virtual e Laboratory (BioVeL) will establish an international e-Laboratory – the first of its kind in Europe – that will allow biodiversity scientists to jointly tackle diverse research challenges.

Experts from Cardiff University along with 15 partners from institutions across Europe (photo), hope that when completed, the BioVeL e-Laboratory will for the first time, give scientists access to multiple data, analysis and computing resources for biodiversity science through a robust e-Science infrastructure.

Coordinator of the project, Alex Hardisty of Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics commented: “The outcomes from this project will improve the study of biodiversity. All scientists will benefit directly from the tools, knowledge and expertise assembled in this infrastructure, offering the promise of new opportunities to more easily research substantial biodiversity problems with societal impact.”

Ranked by the European Commission (EC) as top of its class from more than 60 proposals, BioVeL is funded under the EC’s FP7 e-Infrastructures programme to support the creation of the European Research Area.

Visit the BioVeL website

 

Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory launched

A groundbreaking research project which could revolutionise the study of biodiversity around the world has been launched at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

The Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics led project, worth €5 million in funding, is seeking to provide a vital service that will improve the way scientists share, analyse and present information in the growing area of biodiversity science.

Biodiversity science is the study of plants and animals that inhabit our planet and the environments they live in. Amid growing concerns over the extinction rate of certain species as their natural habitats are increasingly destroyed, and with biodiversity becoming as important as climate change on the political agenda, this new research project could not be more timely.

Starting in September 2011, the three-year project called Biodiversity Virtual e Laboratory (BioVeL) will establish an international e-Laboratory – the first of its kind in Europe – that will allow biodiversity scientists to jointly tackle diverse research challenges.

Experts from Cardiff University along with 15 partners from institutions across Europe (photo), hope that when completed, the BioVeL e-Laboratory will for the first time, give scientists access to multiple data, analysis and computing resources for biodiversity science through a robust e-Science infrastructure.

Coordinator of the project, Alex Hardisty of Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics commented: “The outcomes from this project will improve the study of biodiversity. All scientists will benefit directly from the tools, knowledge and expertise assembled in this infrastructure, offering the promise of new opportunities to more easily research substantial biodiversity problems with societal impact.”

Ranked by the European Commission (EC) as top of its class from more than 60 proposals, BioVeL is funded under the EC’s FP7 e-Infrastructures programme to support the creation of the European Research Area.

Visit the BioVeL website

 

SARA and BiG Grid host HPC cloud day

BiG Grid, the Dutch National Grid Initiative, and SARA will host a special High Performance Cloud Computing Day, next Tuesday 4 October at the Science Park Amsterdam Conference Hall.

The event has a packed programme with talks and demonstrations of scientific cloud usage and it will finish with the official inauguration of the new national HPC cloud infrastructure.

Registration for the HPC cloud day is free and it is still open.

The demonstrations will be presented by scientists, who will share their HPC and cloud experiences in the Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Finance and Linguistics, amongst others.

The national HPC cloud will be an important step in the expansion and diversification of the BiG Grid infrastructure, who manages grid computing resources used by the CERN experiments, the LOFAR telescope and life science research.

More information

 

SARA and BiG Grid host HPC cloud day

BiG Grid, the Dutch National Grid Initiative, and SARA will host a special High Performance Cloud Computing Day, next Tuesday 4 October at the Science Park Amsterdam Conference Hall.

The event has a packed programme with talks and demonstrations of scientific cloud usage and it will finish with the official inauguration of the new national HPC cloud infrastructure.

Registration for the HPC cloud day is free and it is still open.

The demonstrations will be presented by scientists, who will share their HPC and cloud experiences in the Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Finance and Linguistics, amongst others.

The national HPC cloud will be an important step in the expansion and diversification of the BiG Grid infrastructure, who manages grid computing resources used by the CERN experiments, the LOFAR telescope and life science research.

More information

 

ScalaLife joins EGI community

The ScalaLife project (Scalable Software Services for Life Science) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).

The agreement was signed by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu on behalf of the EGI community, and Erwin Laure, ScalaLife’s project director.

“ScalaLife intends to prototype a competence centre for Life Science Researchers that will support them in all questions related to the use of HPC techniques in their work,” says Laure. “Particularly, it will provide help scaling applications, best practices in what algorithms, tools, computational architectures to choose, and help gaining access to computational resources.”

Life science researchers usually require powerful computing tools for their work, including High Throughput and High Performance Computing.

“Through our collaboration with EGI and the EGI-related Life Science communities organised under HealthGrid, ScalaLife will be able to complement its HPC competences with competences in HTC and direct HTC-related issues towards EGI and likewise complement EGI competences such that EGI can relate HPC issues towards ScalaLife,” adds Laure.
 

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ScalaLife joins EGI community

The ScalaLife project (Scalable Software Services for Life Science) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).

The agreement was signed by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu on behalf of the EGI community, and Erwin Laure, ScalaLife’s project director.

“ScalaLife intends to prototype a competence centre for Life Science Researchers that will support them in all questions related to the use of HPC techniques in their work,” says Laure. “Particularly, it will provide help scaling applications, best practices in what algorithms, tools, computational architectures to choose, and help gaining access to computational resources.”

Life science researchers usually require powerful computing tools for their work, including High Throughput and High Performance Computing.

“Through our collaboration with EGI and the EGI-related Life Science communities organised under HealthGrid, ScalaLife will be able to complement its HPC competences with competences in HTC and direct HTC-related issues towards EGI and likewise complement EGI competences such that EGI can relate HPC issues towards ScalaLife,” adds Laure.
 

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Munich to host first EGI Community Forum

2012 Community Forum poster

The first EGI Community Forum, to be held in Munich between 26-30 March 2012, was announced by EGI.eu’s direct Steven Newhouse at the closing plenary of the Lyon Technical Forum.

The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with the Munich Network Management, a consortium of four German research institutions.

“We’ll organise the first EGI Community Forum to showcase the role that e-infrastructures play in enabling innovation across the Europe,” says Newhouse. “We want the forum to highlight what the EGI community is doing in terms of services, technologies and tools to support scientists and their research.”

The organisers will invite developers of distributed computing applications & services and the research communities who make use of them to attend the event and find out more about the current state of the art.

The Community Forum will be co-located with the European Middleware Initiative (EMI) technical conference and other events.

More information will be available soon.

External links

 

Munich to host first EGI Community Forum

2012 Community Forum poster

The first EGI Community Forum, to be held in Munich between 26-30 March 2012, was announced by EGI.eu’s direct Steven Newhouse at the closing plenary of the Lyon Technical Forum.

The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with the Munich Network Management, a consortium of four German research institutions.

“We’ll organise the first EGI Community Forum to showcase the role that e-infrastructures play in enabling innovation across the Europe,” says Newhouse. “We want the forum to highlight what the EGI community is doing in terms of services, technologies and tools to support scientists and their research.”

The organisers will invite developers of distributed computing applications & services and the research communities who make use of them to attend the event and find out more about the current state of the art.

The Community Forum will be co-located with the European Middleware Initiative (EMI) technical conference and other events.

More information will be available soon.

External links