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Research engagement across e-Infrastructures - Towards an integrated approach

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:30


In this session we will discuss the research engagement strategies of organisations involved in supporting use of European e-infrastructures. 

Over the last few decades the need for e-infrastructure has been growing. All disciplines are increasingly relying on e-infrastructure resources for their research. Yet, over that same period, it has become apparent that researchers are still unaware of the existence of many of the resources available to them, even with all our (separate) efforts to inform them. On the other hand, researchers are confronted with a varied landscape of local, national and international e-infrastructures, which can be overwhelming to them. By sharing research engagement strategies and experiences between organisations offering e-infrastructures this session will give an overview of the research engagement landscape and highlight areas for possible collaborations. This should lead to a shared understanding of the goals, strategies, audiences and effectiveness of the outreach activities and should result in a list of synergies and areas where collaboration is possible. 

The main output of this session will be a set of recommendations concerning future areas for collaboration between organisations for more impactful and synergistic pan-European research engagement and outreach.

Target Audience:

The target audience is research engagement representatives of (Inter)National e-Infrastructure Providers, Universities and other Research Institutions.

Benefits for Audience:

  - the role of different organisations in e-infrastructures for research
  - the different engagement activities & strategies of organisations involved in e-infrastructures
Overview of research engagement initiatives with possibilities for creating synergies.
Possibilities to engage with other research engagement initiatives.


Topic 1: Challenges facing users and service providers



Presentation Presenters Organisation
Welcome Sylvia Kuijpers & Jan Bot SURFnet & SURFsara
Research engagement in GÉANT Vincenzo Capone GÉANT
Research engagement in PRACE tbd  
Research engagement in EGI Gergely Sipos EGI
Research engagement in EUDAT Daan Broeder EUDAT
Research engagement in RDA Europe Raphael Ritz Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)
Research engagement in OpenAIRE Iryna Kuchma OpenAIRE
Panel discussion & wrap-up All  
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