2-5 November 2020
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Featured Speakers

Grazyna Piesiewicz

European Commission

Christian Kirchsteiger

European Commission

Björn Grüning

University of Freiburg

Christian Briese


Chenshou Cui


Ingemar Häggström


Rebecca Lawrence

F1000 Research Ltd.

Guido Lemoine


Natalia Manola


Martin Palkovic


Anna Scaife

University of Manchester

Happy Sithole



Keynote speaker: Grazyna Piesiewicz, European Commission

Laywer with more than 14 years of experience in policy-making, legal enforcement and regulation in EU institutions, Grazyna PIESIEWICZ has been member of cabinet of judges at the General Court EU, and member of Luxembourg's Competition Council (national competition authority). With more than 7 year experience within DG CONNECT on topics such as data and digital identity, Grazyna PIESIEWICZ is Head of Unit in charge of science cloud and research e-infrastructures since September 2020.

Grazyna will present EC future directions for e-Infrastructures in Horizon Europe during the Opening plenary, 02 November.

Keynote speaker: Christian Kirchsteiger, European Commission

Christian Kirchsteiger is currently responsible within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) for initiatives in relation to developing more convergent European high performance computing, cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructures, notably the Green Deal “Destination Earth” initiative. 

He holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics and was, before joining the European Commission in 1996, working in industry and research in South Africa, Japan and Germany in the areas of nuclear safety and energy systems modelling.  From 1996-2007 he was employed at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra/Italy and Petten/Netherlands to develop new methods for systems modelling in the energy, transport and process industry sectors and integrate them in EU thematic policies. From 2007-2017, he worked for the Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) in Luxembourg to develop comparative energy sustainability initiatives as well as more integrated nuclear safety, security and safeguards policies. 

Since 2017 he is responsible at DG CNECT in Luxembourg for policies and initiatives integrating cloud computing with advanced systems modelling for the EU policy support. 

Christian will introduce the Destination Earth initiative to the conference audience during session: Opening Plenary "Shaping Europe’s digital future", 04 November.

Keynote speaker: Björn Grüning, Head of Freiburg Galaxy Team, Germany

Björn Grüning is a trained Bioinformatician and obtained a PhD in small molecules and reproducible science. Björn belongs to the Galaxy committers group and is running since 10 years a Galaxy-based data analysis service for the University of Freiburg. He is responsible for the European Galaxy Server, with more than 20,000 users. He is dedicated to best-practices and standards in tool- and workflow development and advocates transparent and reproducible research. He is passionate about training and community building and provides regular workshops, training courses, and other further education with and without Galaxy on diverse infrastructures. He is co-founder and core member of the Bioconda and BioContainer initiatives and part of the conda-forge core team. Björn has various responsibilities in German and European projects: he is the principal investigator of the de.NBI-epi project, responsible for the de.NBI-cloud (Freiburg), co-founder and co-chair of the ELIXIR Galaxy Community, technical coordinator of ELIXIR-DE, and ELIXIR Tools platform ExCo. In EOSC-life he is Task Lead in the Tools and Workflows work package of EOSC-Life.

Björn will be diving into the Galaxy with us and introduce us to the accessible and reproducible workbench that has an European-wide distributed compute network during session: Diving into the Galaxy: an accessible and reproducible workbench with an European-wide distributed compute network, 03 November.

Invited speaker: Christian Briese, Managing Director, EODC, Austria

Christian received his diploma (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) both with honours at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria with a focus on geometric modelling based on laser scanning. In 2011 he successfully completed a university course at TU Wien on the topic of Executive Management for Engineers. He was working in many projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund and is winner of the Ressel Prize of TU Wien (2005). From 2001 till 2016 he was researcher at TU Wien. In 2003 he was a visiting scientist at the TU Delft, The Netherlands. From 2004 to 2010 he collaborated in the Christian Doppler Laboratory “Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing”. From 2010 to 2014 he was additionally employed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection & Virtual Archaeology, Austria. Since 2014 he is managing director of the newly founded EODC Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring GmbH, Austria.

Christian will relate on the EODC lead projects openEO and C-SCALE during Session: Earth Observation data, cloud services and analytics tools for climate and environment protection, 04 November.

Invited speaker: Chenzhou Cui - National Astronomical Observatories, China

Chenzhou Cui is Principle Investigator at the Astroinformatics Research Group of the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and Deputy Director of NAOC. His research interests include Astro-Informatics, Virtual Observatory, data-driven education and public outreach, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Grid technology, astronomical databases, data processing and analytics, Galactic Structure and Evolution, and Stellar Abundance.

Chenshou Cui will present the opportunities and challenges of international scientific collaborations in Astronomy at the Global Open Science Cloud Workshop, 03 November.

Invited speaker: Ingemar Häggström - EISCAT

Ingemar Häggström is Head of Operations at the EISCAT Scientific Association. EISCAT is running the only incoherent scatter radars in Europe for atmospheric and geospace research. A new system, the imaging radar EISCAT_3D, and are now being built. For these, a data portal have been developed within a Competence Centre of EOSC-hub, utilising several services provided by the EGI Cloud Federation. The EGI Check-in have been enhanced to identify EISCAT prime users and the portal, built on DIRAC4EGI, support a controlled access to distributed storage with analysis applications in high-performance compute cloud environments.

Ingemar will present EISCAT and EISCAT_3D in the global scale of geospace research, explaining how scientists can interact with and access the resources of the infrastructure. This involves interchanges with similar radar facilities around the world and a system for setting up a common (meta)data federation, federated processing and data movements. Session: Global Open Science Cloud Workshop, 03 November.

Invited speaker: Rebecca Lawrence - F1000 Research Ltd.

Rebecca Lawrence is Managing Director of F1000 Research Ltd. She was responsible for the launch of F1000Research in 2013 and has subsequently led the initiative behind the launches of many funder- and institution-based publishing platforms that aim to provide a new trajectory in the way scientific findings and data are communicated. She was a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform, chairing their work on next-generation indicators and their integrated advice: OSPP-REC, and Editor of their final report. She is also a member of the US National Academies (NASEM) Committee on Advanced and Automated Workflows. She has been co-Chair of many working groups on data and peer review, including for Research Data Alliance (RDA) and ORCID, and is an Advisory Board member for DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment). She has worked in STM publishing for over 20 years, is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, and holds a PhD in Pharmacology.

Rebecca will report on the recommendations of the EU-Open Science Policy Platform to advance Open Science from policy to implementation in Europe at session Open Science Policy in Europe: state of play and EGI contribution, 03 November.

Invited speaker: Guido Lemoine - JRC

Guido Lemoine is a senior scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy). He works on the integration of high resolution Copernicus Sentinel data in operational land applications and the related Big Data Processing and Analysis technologies and platforms. One of his objectives is to stimulate wider update of Earth observation data in science disciplines beyond the Space domain by contributing to open science cloud initiatives.

Guido Lemoine will present the Big Data Analysis needs for the international Earth Observation Science Community at the Global Open Science Cloud Workshop, 03 November.

Invited speaker: Natalia Manola - Managing Director at OpenAIRE

Natalia is the Managing director of OpenAIRE, a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting scholarly communication and open science in Europe. Natalia holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has worked for several years as a Software Engineer and Architect in the Bioinformatics commercial sector. She has expertise in Open Science policies and implementation, and she currently serves in the EOSC Executive Board, and has served in the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC High Level Advisory Group  provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe.  

Natalia will present OpenAIRE and its services for international research collaborations at the Global Open Science Cloud Workshop, 04 November.

Invited speaker: Martin Palkovic - Director of Computing at ECMWF

Martin Palkovic is the Director of Computing at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, United Kingdom. He is author and co-author of more than 50 publications in the embedded system domain. He was the general chair of HiPEAC 2016 in Prague and a member of the Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies Advisory Group. He is the member of ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Data, Computing and Digital Research Infrastructures.

Martin will present the europeanweather.cloud, a distributed Cloud Computing infrastructure to serve European Meteorological Infrastructure and its users during session: Experience from Around the World with Federated Clouds and Data: Lessons for a European Cloud Federation, 02 November

Invited speaker: Anna Scaife - Professor of Radio Astronomy, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Anna Scaife is Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester, where she is head of the Jodrell Bank Interferometry Centre of Excellence and academic co-Director of Policy@Manchester. She led the design of the compute and storage for the European SKA Data Centre in the H2020 AENEAS project and is a board member of several national computing programs within the UK. Her research focuses on the application of AI to radio astronomy and she is currently one of the five inaugural AI fellows of the UK’s Alan Turing Institute, focusing on the preservation of scientific discovery in artificial intelligence. As well as scientific research, Anna runs two training programs that provide bursaries for students from Southern Africa and Latin America to pursue graduate degrees in the UK focusing on Big Data and data intensive science. In 2014, Anna was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of thirty scientists under the age of 40 selected for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact, and in 2019 she received the Jackson-Gwilt Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, awarded for advances in astronomical instrumentation and techniques.

Anna will present the opportunities and challenges of AI use cases in Radio Astronomy during session: AI and Machine Learning Experiences, 04 November

Invited speaker: Happy Sithole - Center Manager, NICIS, South Africa

Happy Sithole is the Centre Manager for the South Africa cuberinfrastructure (CI) system, NICIS, since 2019. He is responsible for the coordination of this system so that it meets the demands of the South African National System of Innovation, in support of the Department of Science and Innovation. This involves the three main entitties of the Ci, Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC), South African National Research Network (SANReN), Data Intensive Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA).  Prior to becoming the CI centre manager, Sithole spent 12 years as the director of the Centre for High Performance Computng. he completed his PhD in materials science, focusing on electronic and atomistic simulation of iron sulphides, at the University of Limpopo.

Happy with present NICIS and its support to international scientific collaborations at the the Global Open Science Cloud Workshop, 04 November