e-IRG Workshop under French EU Presidency

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The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) organises two open workshops every year, each under the auspices of the corresponding EU presidency. During the last years, the e-IRG Workshops have been organised as virtual events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the success of the virtual events, the e-IRG Workshop in the framework of the French EU Presidency will be also organised as a virtual event and will be conducted as a series of three webinars (in the future hybrid events may be considered). Each of the webinars is addressing key challenges for the further development of e-Infrastructures in the Europe Research Area and beyond, linked also with EU Presidency priorities. In this workshop, the following topics are addressed:

  • Session 1: Towards a sustainable EOSC - The role of e-Infrastructures
  • Session 2: The twin “green and digital” transition in e-Infrastructures
  • Session 3: Cross-e-Infrastructure collaboration and coordination (network, computing, data)

Each session starts with presentations to stimulate the discussion on the topics and encourages the audience to an active participation.

1. Session "Towards a sustainable European Open Science Cloud - The role of e-Infrastructures"
The session is jointly organized with the EOSC Steering Board

The goal of this session is to raise awareness on the required sustainability analysis in the e-Infrastructure community and make the first steps in this area, shedding some light on the above elements, with the aspiration that e-IRG recommendations on policies coming out of such an analysis and work, can be brought to the EOSC SB for implementation.

Questions for the four breakout groups (each group will address the same questions):

  1. Do you see important gaps in the European policy landscape for e-infrastructures apart from the policy issues under discussion (skills and competences, EOSC and the private sector, data sovereignty) at the EOSC Steering Board ?
  2. Which are the most crucial elements to consider when preparing policies on these topics?
  3. What’s the most appropriate way to influence the national and European policy landscape?
  4. How can good practices or failures on developing and implementing policies at national level help progress implementation by other MSs and ACs? And how a European-wide implementation benefits all users?

2. Session "The twin “green and digital” transition in e-Infrastructures"

This session will deal with the corresponding urgency of twin transition for EU, national and institutional e-Infrastructures. It will raise awareness on key e-Infrastructures initiatives in the area along with thematic paradigms.

3. Session "Cross-e-Infrastructure collaboration and coordination"

The aim of this session is to address the topic of the effective collaboration and coordination of all the e-Infrastructure components, i.e. networking, computing (both HTC and HPC) and data infrastructures, and reflect on some possible approaches, paradigms and impacts. 

 

Looking forward to a fruitful workshop

Paolo Budroni, e-IRG Chair, Volker Beckmann, e-IRG co-Chair, 

Fotis Karayannis, Jan Wiebelitz, e-IRG Support Project 

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e-IRG Workshop under French EU Presidency
Participants
  • Alessandro Rizzo
  • Alex Reid
  • Amalia Polydoropoulou
  • Andrea Herdegen
  • Andreas Dudler
  • Andriy Shevchenko
  • Andy Turner
  • Aneta Karaivanova
  • Ann Séror
  • Antti Pursula
  • Arjen Van Rijn
  • AT Hanslik
  • Beate Guba
  • Birgit Schaffhauser
  • Brian Warrington
  • Carlos Fernandez
  • chris de loof
  • Christina (Eva) Andersson
  • Christoph Bruch
  • Cyril BAUDRY
  • Daniel Mallmann
  • David Groep
  • Debora Testi
  • Dimitra Kondyli
  • Dragos-Catalin Barbu
  • Edit Herczog
  • Eduard Jacob
  • Elena Guida
  • Elena Sultana
  • Elly Dijk
  • Elsie Premereur
  • Eoin Kenny
  • Fatma Yesim Kadipasaoglu
  • Fotis Karayannis
  • Francoise Genova
  • Gonzalo Merino
  • Guido Aben
  • Ignacio Blanquer
  • Ignasi Labastida
  • Iryna Kuchma
  • Jan Růžička
  • Jan Wiebelitz
  • Jerome Pansanel
  • Johan Fröberg
  • Jos van Wezel
  • João Miguel Alves Ferreira
  • János Mohácsi
  • Karl Presser
  • Kazu Yamaji
  • Laurence Lannom
  • Leon Wessels
  • Leonas Balasevicius
  • Leonie Schäfer
  • Leonieke Mevius
  • Lilia Mesina
  • Lorraine de Montenay
  • Luděk Matyska
  • Lukáš Demovič
  • Majid Ounsy
  • marta chinnici
  • Maryvonne Gerin
  • Matthias Schwarz
  • Michail Maragkakis
  • Michelle Barker
  • Miho Funamori
  • Milan Ojsteršek
  • Miroslav Ruda
  • Natalia Manola
  • Nicole Wyss
  • Ninoslav Marina
  • Olha Kramarenko
  • Pablo De Castro
  • Panos Argyrakis
  • Paola Galimberti
  • Paula Sá-Pereira
  • Peter Bogatencov
  • Peter Broennimann
  • PETER STANCHEV
  • Philippe Segers
  • Rafael Mayo-García
  • Ramaz Kvatadze
  • Richard Dennis
  • Sabina Anderberg
  • Sagar Dolas
  • Simon Fabri
  • Simona M. Ignat
  • Slaven Mihaljević
  • Steffi Friedrichs
  • Stelios Sartzetakis
  • Susana Sánchez Expósito
  • Tamara Gvenetadze
  • Tiziana Ferrari
  • Tudor Pitulac
  • Valentin Plugaru
  • Violeta Greciuhin
  • Volker BECKMANN
  • Volodymyr Nochvai
  • Wilko Steinhoff
  • Wouter Addink
  • Xavier ENGELS
  • Yevhenii Preobrazhenskyi
  • Zdenka Dudova
  • Zoran Bekić
  • 16 others
    • 14:00 16:10
      Towards a sustainable European Open Science Cloud - The role of e-Infrastructures

      EOSC focuses on the data layer and related services, and has not dealt at a great extent with the underlying e-Infrastructures (e.g. computing, networking) that provide essential services to EOSC. The full EOSC service delivery model, besides the EU level, includes also the national and institutional levels. Thus, a close collaboration between EOSC and the underlying e-Infrastructures is required for the sustainability analysis of EOSC. The EOSC sustainability analysis should assess the “data market” and estimate the costs of both the data infrastructure/services and the underlying storage and computing infrastructure costs. This includes both capital and operational costs and the very important component of the growing energy costs along with the projection for the infrastructure growth.
      This session is jointly organised between the EOSC Steering Board and e-IRG, following a first meeting between representatives of the two bodies, who reflected on these topics. e-IRG has links to all the e-Infrastructure layers (networking, computing, data) and can contribute to the EOSC sustainability and the required analysis, which includes all the involved levels, i.e. institutional, national, (regional) and European ones. Given the EOSC shift towards an operationalised and procurement-based environment, understanding the data market and underlying costs is essential.
      The goal of this session is to raise awareness on the required sustainability analysis in the e-Infrastructure community and make the first steps in this area, shedding some light on the above elements, with the aspiration that e-IRG recommendations on policies coming out of such an analysis and work, can be brought to the EOSC SB for implementation.

      Questions for the four breakout groups:
      1. Do you see important gaps in the European policy landscape for e-infrastructures apart from the policy issues under discussion (skills and competences, EOSC and the private sector, data sovereignty) at the EOSC Steering Board?
      2. Which are the most crucial elements to consider when preparing policies on these topics?
      3. What’s the most appropriate way to influence the national and European policy landscape?
      4. How can good practices or failures on developing and implementing policies at national level help progress implementation by other MSs and ACs? And how a European-wide implementation benefits all users?

      Convener: Mr Volker Beckmann (Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (MESRI))
      • 14:00
        Opening of the Workshop 15m
        Speakers: Laurent Crouzet (Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (MESRI)) , Paolo Budroni (e-IRG Chair (TU Wien)) , Volker Beckmann (Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (MESRI))
      • 14:15
        EOSC Steering Board monitoring of national contributions to the EOSC 10m

        Survey motivation
        · Open Science, EOSC and ERA context
        · Benefits for communities and e-infrastructures
        · Status of the survey

        Results:
        · EOSC-relevant policy coverage in Europe
        · Open Science, Open Data, Open Source, Skills & Competences, …
        · EOSC-relevant financing in 2020 related (or not) to policies

        Next steps
        · extended survey (late 2022)
        · additional areas surveyed
        · collaboration with other partners >> possibilities to influence survey evolution
        · EOSC Observatory and ERA dash- and scoreboard
        · How will e-infrastructures benefit from the monitoring

        Speaker: Thomas Neidenmark (EC, RTD)
      • 14:25
        Discussion 20m
      • 14:45
        Policy development relevant for EOSC and e-infrastructures: e-IRG perspective 15m
        Speaker: Ignacio Blanquer (Polytechnic University of Valencia, e-IRG member, Spain)
      • 15:00
        Policy development relevant for EOSC and e-infrastructures: EOSC perspective 20m

        · Supporting data related skills and competences through (national) policies,
        · The role service providers from the private sector could and should play in the EOSC
        · Data sovereignty

        Speaker: Giorgio Rossi (University of Milan, EOSC SB member, Italy)
      • 15:20
        Breakout Session (3-4 rooms) 30m

        All 3-4 groups will be discussing the same topics, namely:
        · Gaps in the policy landscape for e-Infrastructures
        · Aspects to consider from the e-Infrastructure point of view related to the 3 topics of the EOSC SB SG (skills, role of private sector and data sovereignty)

      • 15:50
        Reporting from the breakout session 10m
      • 16:00
        Wrap-up and Closing 10m
        Speaker: Paolo Budroni (e-IRG Chair (TU Wien))
    • 10:00 12:15
      The twin “green and digital” transition in e-Infrastructures

      The Green Deal is one of key EU priorities in this decade aiming at reaching the climate goals by 2030. On the other hand, the digital transition is a key requirement for Europe’s competitiveness in the global race. Thus, the combination of the green and digital transition, the so-called “twin transition” is a key requirement for the EU. This session will deal with the corresponding urgency of twin transition for EU, national and institutional e-Infrastructures. It will raise awareness on key e-Infrastructures initiatives in the area along with thematic paradigms.

      Convener: Mr Peter Wittenburg
      • 10:00
        Opening and Welcome 15m
        Speakers: Paolo Budroni (e-IRG Chair (TU Wien)) , Volker Beckmann (Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (MESRI))
      • 10:15
        DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES IN EUROPE: an environmental life cycle approach 10m
        Speaker: Lorraine de Montenay
      • 10:25
        HPC at the service of energy efficiency 10m
        Speaker: Cyril Baudry (Électricité de France (EDF) R&D, France)
      • 10:35
        Digitalisation for energy 10m
        Speaker: Rafael Mayo-García (CIEMAT)
      • 10:45
        MeluXina: next-generation EuroHPC supercomputing, boosting industry and research 10m
        Speaker: Valentin Plugaru (Université de Luxembourg)
      • 10:55
        Panel Discussion 25m
        Speakers: Cyril Baudry, Lorraine de Montenay, Peter Wittenburg, Rafael Mayo-Garcia, Valentin Plugaru
      • 11:20
        Digitization, Sustainability and Planetary Health: How to Avoid a Dystopian Future 10m
        Speaker: Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich)
      • 11:30
        Destination Earth digital twin 10m
        Speaker: Thomas Geenen (ECWMF)
      • 11:40
        AI and Climate Change 10m
        Speaker: Lynn Kaack (Hertie School, University of Governance, DE)
      • 11:50
        Panel Discussion 20m
        Speakers: Dirk Helbinger, Lynn Kaack, Peter Wittenburg, Thomas Geenen
      • 12:10
        Wrap-up and Closing 5m
        Speaker: Paolo Budroni (e-IRG Chair (TU Wien))
    • 12:15 14:00
      Lunch break 1h 45m
    • 14:00 16:20
      Cross-e-Infrastructure collaboration and coordination (network, computing, data)

      Research infrastructures require strong underlying e-Infrastructures, which are well-coordinated. Such coordination encompasses the 3 main pillars of the EC European Cloud Infrastructure (ECI), namely the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the European Data Infrastructure (EDI) with networking, supercomputing/HPC and Cloud infrastructures, and the expansion towards the public sector and industry. This session is closely linked with the next iteration of the e-IRG White Paper that will be produced in 2022, and the inputs and feedback collected during the workshop will feed the e-IRG White Paper 2022. This topic is also linked with the heterogeneous funding programmes and initiatives for e-Infrastructures, ranging from EuroHPC, EOSC, the Digital Europe Programme, Connecting Europe Facility 2, and the entire Horizon Europe, along with national routed funding programs, and then also initiatives from the private sector and industry.
      The aim of this session is to address the topic of the effective collaboration and coordination of all the e-Infrastructure components, i.e. networking, computing (both HTC and HPC) and data infrastructures, and reflect on some possible approaches, paradigms and impacts. The ultimate goal of bridging the gaps across e-Infrastructures is to provide integrated user-friendly services towards researchers, easing their work and deliver to them added value, so that they can focus on the disciplinary or cross-disciplinary research, and not on the infrastructures and tools.

      Convener: Mr Ignacio Blanquer (e-Infrastructure Reflection Group)
      • 14:00
        Opening and Welcome 15m
        Speakers: Paolo Budroni (e-IRG Chair (TU Wien)) , Volker Beckmann (French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI))
      • 14:15
        EOSC presentation on cooperation with other e-Infrastructures 10m
        Speaker: Ute Gunsenheimer (EOSC Association)
      • 14:25
        EuroHPC presentation on cooperation with other e-Infrastructures 10m
        Speaker: Joséphine Wood (EuroHPC JU)
      • 14:35
        GÉANT presentation about cooperation with other e-Infrastructures 10m
        Speaker: Cathrin Stöver (GÈANT)
      • 14:45
        Panel Discussion 35m

        Discussion on the first part of the session and interaction with the audience

        Speakers: Cathrin Stöver (GÉANT) , Deborah Testi (EUDAT) , Ignacio Blanquer (UPV/e-IRG Spain) , Joséphine Wood (EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU)) , Natalia Manola (OpenAIRE) , Peter Brönnimann (SBFI/e-IRG Switzerland) , Tiziana Ferrari (EGI.eu) , Ute Gunsenheimer (EOSC Association)
      • 15:20
        New ERA Policy Agenda 10m
        Speaker: Sergej Mozina (ERA Forum, Member States co-Chair, Slovenia)
      • 15:30
        Key Performance Indicators across e-Infrastructure components 10m
        Speaker: Gareth O’Neill (Technopolis Group)
      • 15:40
        EuroCRIS - research information exchange and aggregation across institutions, regions, countries 10m
        Speaker: Pablo De Castro (EuroCRIS Board member)
      • 15:50
        Panel Discussion 20m
        Speakers: Gareth O'Neill (Technopolis) , Ignacio Blanquer (UPV) , Pablo De Castro (EuroCRIS) , Peter Brönnimann (SBFI) , Sergej Mozina (ERA Forum)
      • 16:10
        Wrap-up and conclusion 5m
        Speaker: Paolo Budroni (TU-Wien)