The Summer 2011 newsletter is now available

Inspired newsletter: Siummer 2011

The Summer 2011 issue of the EGI Inspired newsletter was published last Friday, 5 August, and is available online and in pdf format.

This issue's features:

If you want to contribute with ideas, suggestions or stories to the newsletter don't forget to let us know at press@egi.eu
 

The Summer 2011 newsletter is now available

Inspired newsletter: Siummer 2011

The Summer 2011 issue of the EGI Inspired newsletter was published last Friday, 5 August, and is available online and in pdf format.

This issue's features:

If you want to contribute with ideas, suggestions or stories to the newsletter don't forget to let us know at press@egi.eu
 

EU announces prize for women innovators

The European Commission has launched a contest to recognise and reward women that have created outstanding innovations and developed their ideas from drawing board to the market.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators will be awarded to three women entrepreneurs, who were at some point during their careers beneficiaries of funding for projects under the Framework Programme (FP) or the Competitive and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

The idea behind the prize is to raise awareness of the crucial role innovation plays in modern life and highlight valuable contributions from women researchers. The Commission hopes that recognising the work of female entrepreneurs will inspire other women to follow suit.

The panel of independent judges, drawn from industry and academia, will consider innovative work in any field or business. The jury will award three prizes:

  • 1st prize: €100,000

  • 2nd prize: €50,000

  • 3rd prize: €25,000

The competition is open to women residing in a EU member state or countries associated with the FP for research. Contestants must be founders, or co-founders, of active companies registered before 1 January 2009 and with annual turnovers in excess of €100,000. Either the contestant or the company must have received funding under the FP or CIP programmes.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2011 at 17:00 (Brussels local time). The award ceremony will take place on 5 December 2011 at the Innovation Convention organised by the European Commission in Brussels.

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EU announces prize for women innovators

The European Commission has launched a contest to recognise and reward women that have created outstanding innovations and developed their ideas from drawing board to the market.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators will be awarded to three women entrepreneurs, who were at some point during their careers beneficiaries of funding for projects under the Framework Programme (FP) or the Competitive and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

The idea behind the prize is to raise awareness of the crucial role innovation plays in modern life and highlight valuable contributions from women researchers. The Commission hopes that recognising the work of female entrepreneurs will inspire other women to follow suit.

The panel of independent judges, drawn from industry and academia, will consider innovative work in any field or business. The jury will award three prizes:

  • 1st prize: €100,000

  • 2nd prize: €50,000

  • 3rd prize: €25,000

The competition is open to women residing in a EU member state or countries associated with the FP for research. Contestants must be founders, or co-founders, of active companies registered before 1 January 2009 and with annual turnovers in excess of €100,000. Either the contestant or the company must have received funding under the FP or CIP programmes.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2011 at 17:00 (Brussels local time). The award ceremony will take place on 5 December 2011 at the Innovation Convention organised by the European Commission in Brussels.

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Early bird registration for the EGI Technical Forum – one week left

Early bird registration for the EGI Technical Forum at discounted fees ends in 5 August, this Friday.

The Technical Forum will be held in Lyon (19-23 September), hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative. A draft programme for the event is now available.

The event will be co-located with the Open Grid Forum, Grid 2011, GlobusEUROPE and the French Grid Day. It will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe and the standards development activity and longer-term computer science research being undertaken in this diverse and exciting field.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Alex Szalay, an astrophysicist based at Johns Hopkins University and involved in the data analysis of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project, will share his experiences in using high performance networks for data transfer and analysis.

  • Kostas Glinos, Head of the European Commission's GÉANT & e-Infrastructures Unit, will speak about strategies for e-Infrastructures in Europe.

  • Andrew Grimshaw from the University of Virginia and a member of the Open Grid Forum and a technical architect with the eXtreme Digital (XD) initiative that follows on from the TeraGrid project.

Early-bird registration rates end on 5 August, although normal registration for the event will be possible until 9 September.

More information

Early bird registration for the EGI Technical Forum – one week left

Early bird registration for the EGI Technical Forum at discounted fees ends in 5 August, this Friday.

The Technical Forum will be held in Lyon (19-23 September), hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative. A draft programme for the event is now available.

The event will be co-located with the Open Grid Forum, Grid 2011, GlobusEUROPE and the French Grid Day. It will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe and the standards development activity and longer-term computer science research being undertaken in this diverse and exciting field.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Alex Szalay, an astrophysicist based at Johns Hopkins University and involved in the data analysis of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project, will share his experiences in using high performance networks for data transfer and analysis.

  • Kostas Glinos, Head of the European Commission's GÉANT & e-Infrastructures Unit, will speak about strategies for e-Infrastructures in Europe.

  • Andrew Grimshaw from the University of Virginia and a member of the Open Grid Forum and a technical architect with the eXtreme Digital (XD) initiative that follows on from the TeraGrid project.

Early-bird registration rates end on 5 August, although normal registration for the event will be possible until 9 September.

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FP7 calls for proposals and the Horizon beyond

The European Commission (EC) has announced the next round of funding under the FP7 framework (the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) – Work Programme 2012.

An indicative budget of €36 million is set aside for e-infrastructures, distributed as follows:

  • Third implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE (INFRA-2012-2.3.1, €20 million)

  • International cooperation with the USA on common e-infrastructure for scientific data (INFRA-2012-2.3.2, €2 million)

  • Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures (INFRA-2012-2.3.3, €14 million)

In addition to the above, there is a €1 million budget under the FP7 Cooperation framework to identify and document the difficulties and benefits for scientists sharing, accessing and using open access primary data (ENV.2012.6.5-3: Exploring opportunities for open access to primary environmental data).

Details on the call for proposals are available from the EC website:

FP7 is the European Union's (EU) main channel for funding research and runs from 2007 to 2013. It was designed to respond to employment needs and competitiveness, and support research in priority areas.

Beyond FP7, plans for the next funding programme are already underway. It will be called ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner for the EU explains: “it is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.” Geoghegan-Quinn continues, “funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler.”

The new name ‘Horizon 2020’ was arrived at by an open call for proposal in March earlier this year. Three entries from more than 160,000 ideas were shortlisted. The final winner was determined by online voting. ‘Horizon 2020’ won with a majority of 36.7% of the 8,318 total votes casted. The suggestion came from a teacher from the Czech Republic, and another teacher from Poland, who both proposed the same name.

The Horizon 2020 framework will come into effect from 1 January 2014.

 

 

FP7 calls for proposals and the Horizon beyond

The European Commission (EC) has announced the next round of funding under the FP7 framework (the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) – Work Programme 2012.

An indicative budget of €36 million is set aside for e-infrastructures, distributed as follows:

  • Third implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE (INFRA-2012-2.3.1, €20 million)

  • International cooperation with the USA on common e-infrastructure for scientific data (INFRA-2012-2.3.2, €2 million)

  • Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures (INFRA-2012-2.3.3, €14 million)

In addition to the above, there is a €1 million budget under the FP7 Cooperation framework to identify and document the difficulties and benefits for scientists sharing, accessing and using open access primary data (ENV.2012.6.5-3: Exploring opportunities for open access to primary environmental data).

Details on the call for proposals are available from the EC website:

FP7 is the European Union's (EU) main channel for funding research and runs from 2007 to 2013. It was designed to respond to employment needs and competitiveness, and support research in priority areas.

Beyond FP7, plans for the next funding programme are already underway. It will be called ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner for the EU explains: “it is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.” Geoghegan-Quinn continues, “funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler.”

The new name ‘Horizon 2020’ was arrived at by an open call for proposal in March earlier this year. Three entries from more than 160,000 ideas were shortlisted. The final winner was determined by online voting. ‘Horizon 2020’ won with a majority of 36.7% of the 8,318 total votes casted. The suggestion came from a teacher from the Czech Republic, and another teacher from Poland, who both proposed the same name.

The Horizon 2020 framework will come into effect from 1 January 2014.

 

 

EGI-InSPIRE links up with CHAIN

Logo of the CHAIN project

One of the advantages of using the grid is that it makes life easier for researchers who want to collaborate on the same or similar experiments, but are physically located in different countries. In the past six years, much effort has been invested in the development of the European Grid Infrastructure to make this possible for the European Research Area. Best practice and lessons learned during this period can be invaluable for grids and other e-infrastructures being established around the world. On 11 July 2011, EGI-InSPIRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CHAIN (Co-ordination & Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures) project to further connections with other regions of the world.

The CHAIN project plans to bring the operational and organisational principles of European e-infrastructures (especially the grid) to Asia, Mediterranean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Its vision to seamlessly integrate e-infrastructures with these regions will help to facilitate international collaborations for scientists within the European Research Area.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, integrated, reliable e-infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis,” says Steven Newhouse, Project Director of EGI-InSPIRE. “The CHAIN project helps to support this mission by promoting integrated operations and sustainability within regional e-infrastructures with which our user community is collaborating.”

EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN will work together on various areas needed for integrated sustainable operations. They will define roadmaps for: the interoperation and integration between the European Grid Infrastructure and the regional grid infrastructures involved; operational tools and their future development; and adopting open standards for grid resources where available. Effort will be made to identify, foster and connect related Virtual Research Communities common between the two activities. To help them use the e-infrastructures, support materials and applications will be made available on the training marketplace and applications database. Both parties will co-ordinate communication activities to maximise impact. They will also share a range of knowledge on their respective National Grid Initiatives, from operations to policy.

CHAIN is focusing on Virtual Research Communities that have an intercontinental span, such as those investigating climate change, and need to work seamlessly across different eInfrastructures. They obviously require interoperable infrastructures that allow researchers to easily access not only computing resources but, even more important, large data repositories that are shared worldwide. EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN are synergistically promoting such research activities supporting the removal of the barriers and obstacles to a fruitful collaboration of the best minds in all the regions of the world”, concludes Federico Ruggieri, Project Director of CHAIN.

EGI-InSPIRE links up with CHAIN

Logo of the CHAIN project

One of the advantages of using the grid is that it makes life easier for researchers who want to collaborate on the same or similar experiments, but are physically located in different countries. In the past six years, much effort has been invested in the development of the European Grid Infrastructure to make this possible for the European Research Area. Best practice and lessons learned during this period can be invaluable for grids and other e-infrastructures being established around the world. On 11 July 2011, EGI-InSPIRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CHAIN (Co-ordination & Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures) project to further connections with other regions of the world.

The CHAIN project plans to bring the operational and organisational principles of European e-infrastructures (especially the grid) to Asia, Mediterranean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Its vision to seamlessly integrate e-infrastructures with these regions will help to facilitate international collaborations for scientists within the European Research Area.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, integrated, reliable e-infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis,” says Steven Newhouse, Project Director of EGI-InSPIRE. “The CHAIN project helps to support this mission by promoting integrated operations and sustainability within regional e-infrastructures with which our user community is collaborating.”

EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN will work together on various areas needed for integrated sustainable operations. They will define roadmaps for: the interoperation and integration between the European Grid Infrastructure and the regional grid infrastructures involved; operational tools and their future development; and adopting open standards for grid resources where available. Effort will be made to identify, foster and connect related Virtual Research Communities common between the two activities. To help them use the e-infrastructures, support materials and applications will be made available on the training marketplace and applications database. Both parties will co-ordinate communication activities to maximise impact. They will also share a range of knowledge on their respective National Grid Initiatives, from operations to policy.

CHAIN is focusing on Virtual Research Communities that have an intercontinental span, such as those investigating climate change, and need to work seamlessly across different eInfrastructures. They obviously require interoperable infrastructures that allow researchers to easily access not only computing resources but, even more important, large data repositories that are shared worldwide. EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN are synergistically promoting such research activities supporting the removal of the barriers and obstacles to a fruitful collaboration of the best minds in all the regions of the world”, concludes Federico Ruggieri, Project Director of CHAIN.