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The e-IRG Workshop webinar series


The e-IRG Workshop will take place as a series of three webinars on 25 and 26 May, organised within the framework of Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union by the e-IRG secretariat and the University of Zagreb, the University Computing Centre (SRCE) with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education.

Each webinar will address one of the key challenges of e-Infrastructures within the new ERA: future skills, partnerships, and FAIR data. In these virtual sessions, participants are given the opportunity to interact with the speakers as well.

The registration is open: The e-IRG secretariat will provide you with connection details for the webinar soon after registration.

Grand challenges of e-infrastructures within the new ERA

25th May afternoon webinar (14:00 – 15:45 CET)
Topic: Future skills in the new European Research Area
This session addresses the future skills in the new ERA landscape, which are required to produce, circulate and use research-based knowledge. They are critical for the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall European research and have an impact on educational ecosystems to the overall market and societal benefits. The session addresses the context of skills development in the changing European e-Infrastructure landscape and its effects on national and regional employment contexts.

This session will try to answer questions like: What are the required future skills in Digital Europe? And what is needed in terms of new skills so that the added value of open data and data sharing can be exploited? What kind of skills development is needed? What changes have had a big impact on the development of learning and teaching in the past and which are to be expected in the future? What is it needed to keep higher education relevant, valuable, and inclusive, in particular for higher education, research, and innovation?

Moderator: Ignacio Blanquer, e-IRG delegate from Spain
Croatian State Secretary – Tome Anticic
EOSC WG Skills Chair – Natalia Manola
NI4OS-Europe – Sonja Filipovska
ELIXIR Training – Fotis E. Psomopoulos

26th May morning webinar (10:00 – 11:30 CET)
Topic: Empowering the e-Infrastructure partnerships in ERA
Partnerships are getting into the focus of attention in Europe as a means for funding, coordination, and sustainability of pan-European projects and initiatives and distribute the inherent risk of these undertakings. This session aims to address the practical benefits of joint activities in a federated environment like the European Research Area. A dedicated focus of the session is on partnerships in the European e-Infrastructure area and in particular for the envisaged EOSC partnership.

This session will try to answer questions like: What do we want to achieve with the EU partnerships? And what are the main issues from MS/AC perspectives and EC? E.g. Governance, funding, voting. Or other stakeholders’ perspectives? What is the current state of EuroHPC and EOSC and how is their cooperation foreseen?

Moderator: Matthew Dovey, JISC
DG CONNECT – Liina-Mari Munari
EOSC GB – Hans-Josef Linkens
SURF,NL – Erik Fledderus

26th May afternoon webinar (14:00 – 15:30 CET)
Topic: Making the data and services FAIR with the focus on current developments
The implementation of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles are the core of the European Open Science Cloud to provide an infrastructure to facilitate Open Science for all researchers in Europe. With the implementation of the FAIR principles, Europe has the chance to further their uptake and provide an example for a paradigm change to science. The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of interoperability between data-holders, and the relevance of accessing data in order to share knowledge without constraints to users/researchers/providers of data and an open and free approach of science.
This session will try to answer questions such as: How to bring FAIR forward, including the cultural aspect? What role do national public funding agencies play in the move towards FAIR data? How can we convince researchers to share data and implement FAIR principles?
Moderator: Paolo Budroni, e-IRG delegate from Austria
GoFAIR and CODATA – Barend Mons
EOSC and RDA, UKRI STFC – Juan Bicarregui
Open Access repository at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) – Isabel Bernal

The registration is open: The e-IRG secretariat will provide you with connection details for the webinar soon after registration.