HealthyCloud kicks off and ready to pave the way for health-related data sharing across Europe

2021 sets off with a great number of new projects EGI is contributing to, one way or the other. This week, we have witnessed the kick-off of the HealthyCloud project.

Health and biomedical sciences have relied heavily on the efficiency of health research since the beginning of time. To meet this need, adopting best practices in health data management is crucial. The European Commission has thus made it her priority to create the European Health Data Space (EHDS). This initiative will be a means to improve health research and its translation to healthcare at all levels.

How will HealthyCloud contribute? The project will deliver a Strategic Agenda for the implementation of the European Health Research and Innovation Cloud (HRIC), which will be one of the cornerstones of the EHDS.

HealthyCloud has been organised around four fundamental objectives that cover:

  1. interactions with stakeholders to ensure their voices are included as part of the Strategic Agenda;
  2. inclusion of Ethical, Legal and Societal aspects in the design of the future HRIC ecosystem;
  3. sustainable access, use and re-use of health-related data, available in several data collections spread in data hubs, considering a progressive adoption of the FAIR principles; and
  4. technological solutions in terms of computational facilities and mechanisms to enable distributed health data analysis across Europe.

For more information on the project, read the full press release and/or visit the project’s website.

GÉANT Innovation Programme: Call for Proposals now open!

GÉANT kicked-off its Innovation Programme on the 23rd of February and is has now launched the call for propsals. The first deadline for submission is scheduled for 30 April 2021.

The GÉANT Innovation Programme in a nutshell

The GÉANT Innovation Programme will support innovative ideas, demonstrating societal, scientific, economic impact, for research project funding of up to EUR30k on areas such as networking, cloud, security, trust & identity and education. Proposals will be evaluated on a monthly basis, while the call will remain open until the complete allocation of funding.

For more information, visit the dedicated programme webpage.

New service level agreements

We are pleased to announce the following new service level agreements:


DIGITbrain is an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. A digital twin is a computer-based application/simulation that mimics the real production line of a company and runs in parallel with the real manufacturing process. Using this digital twin, companies can rationalise the manufacturing process, make predictions regarding expected machine failures and can predict maintenance needs. To support its activities, DIGITbrain is now using Cloud Compute services (160 vCPUs, 400GB RAM and 4TB of storage) from the EGI provider 100%IT.


STARS4ALL is a community concerned with the light-pollution problem and involved in the EOSC-hub project as an EOSC Early Adopter. STARS4ALL now benefits from Cloud Compute and Notebooks services from the EGI provider CESGA.


Belle II is an international collaboration put together to record and analyse the experimental data collected by the SuperKEKB accelerator in Japan. The new SLA allows Belle II to use Cloud Compute services from the EGI provider IN2P3-IRES. These resources are used to run MonteCarlo simulations in the EGI Federated Cloud infrastructure.

DIGITbrain’s first open call webinar

The DIGITbrain project will conduct two open calls, which you can apply for, if you belong to one of the following groups and / or if you are a SME or mid-cap, located in the EU, a Horizon 2020 associated country or the UK. In every Open Call DIGITbrain will add 7 new highly innovative cross-border experiments, bringing together manufacturing end-users, technology / resource providers, research organizations and  Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), each implementing an individual use case-based software solution.
Experiments can cover all segments of the entire manufacturing sector, e.g. discrete manufacturing, continuous production, or construction and will be able to receive up to 100K Euros each.

This webinar will give an overview on the DIGITbrain open call process.

Find out more.

A new issue of the EGI Newsletter is now out!

In this issue…

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EGI-ACE is officially kicked-off and launched!

On the 4th of February, the EGI-ACE project had its formal project kick-off meeting, followed by the public launch event the day after. Both days provided room for in-depth discussions, knowledge sharing, and opportunites to improve collaborations both internally and externally.

The Kick-off meeting was the first event that allowed for the consortium to meet, albeit virtually. Every part of the project was clearly presented by the relevant workpackage representative, ranging from project management to expected events, to the exploitation and impact that are envisioned. Unfortunately, meetings like these are still not being held face to face, but luckily creativity and modern-day technology allowed for some virtual networking and team building activities. We look forward to collaborating on this great project!

On Friday the 5th, the EGI-ACE project hosted its public launch event which allowed for any interested individual to join and learn more about the project. The event started with an overview that presented the opportunities the EGI-ACE project offers to users and providers to benefit from the EOSC Compute Platform. The session was followed by short presentations showcasing the infrastructure, platform, and federation services that EGI-ACE provides in EOSC. These services aim to support various use cases in the compute, data management, and authentication-authorisation domain.

Short presentations were given by Fabrizio Antonio (CCMC), Dick Schaap (MARIS), Agnes Mika (ASTRON), and Björn Grüning (University of Freiburg) to introduce some fo the Data Space services, supported by the project. Each presentation provided a clear overview of their objectives, and how the EGI-ACE project can play an important role to support the process.

The last part of the public launch event zoomed in on EGI-ACE partner projects from the INFRAEOSC-07 call. This provided the audience an opportunity to not only learn more about each project, but also to understand how EGI-ACE and each project aims to collaborate and what common purpose all aim to serve.

  • DICE (Data Infrastructure Capacity for EOSC) – Debora Testi (CINECA)
  • OpenAIRE-Nexus (Scholarly Communication Services for EOSC users) – Paolo Manghi (CNR-ISTI)
  • RELIANCE (REsearch LIfecycle mAnagemeNt for Earth Science Communities and CopErnicus users in EOSC) – Raul Palma (PSNC)
  • C-SCALE (Copernicus – eoSC AnaLytics Engine) – Christian Briese (EODC)

Missed the chance to attend the public launch event? Not to worry, we have collected all presentations on the Indico website. Should you need more information about the public launch, or the project, please do not hesitate to read up on our main project webpage and/or contact us at:

Save the Date! EUHubs4Data Data Forum is coming up!

On the 30th of March 2021, the EUHubs4Data project is organising an online interactive workshop (the Data Forum) focusing on discussing the remaining barrier for cross-border data sharing and experimentation and how to address them. 

The workshop will gather experts from public authorities, private organisations and projects with strategic experience in developing solutions for enhancing cross-border data sharing. In particular, the event will focus on policy, technical, business and legal and ethical challenges and how to address them. 

Stay tuned! More information on the agenda and the speakers will be available soon.

If you are interested in the EUHubs4Data project do not hesitate to visit its website

Launch your EGI career! Application deadline extended to Jan 31

Needed some time to warm up this year? We get it!
To give you some more time to….

….read the 11 open job positions

….think about your career development

….update your CV and write an awesome coverletter

we have extended the deadline to January 31, so have another look and apply now!

New year, new job? Join the EGI Foundation team!

Our EGI Foundation team is growing! We hope you can join us on our journey to serve research and innovation in Europe and worldwide! What better way to start 2021?

The following job positions are now open for applications:

Send your application now to by January 17 (this Sunday!) latest.

PaN ESCAPE Data Management Workshop

The PaNOSC and ExPaNDS projects, in collaboration with the H2020 ESCAPE project are delighted to invite you to the – PaN ESCAPE Data Management Workshop on 12th January 2021.

Find out more on the event and register here.

Workshop details:
  • Title: ExPaNDS & PaNOSC – ESCAPE Data Management Workshop
  • Date: 12th January 2021
  • Time: 08:30 GMT/09:30 CET to 11:45 GMT/12:45 CET
  • Project Introduction & overview ExPaNDS & PaNOSC – Patrick Fuhrmann (DESY)
  • Project Introduction & overview ESCAPE – Xavier Espinal (CERN)
  • Prominent PaN use cases:
    •  Ian Johnson (STFC)
    •  Marco De Simone (CERIC ERIC)
    •  Jean-Francois Perrin (ESRF)
  • ESCAPE data lake use cases – Xavier Espinal (CERN)
    • The MAGIC telescope experiment – Agustin Bruzzese (PIC)
    • SKA Experiment – James Collinson (SKA)
    • Quality of Service (QoS) in Storage – Paul Millar (DESY)
  • Q&A Session

Please note that this workshop will be recorded and the recording will be published on the PaNOSC and ExPaNDS websites after the event.