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July 8, 2015

Last month, the European Commission signed a €13m (~$14.5m) contract with the networking organization GÉANT to expand connectivity in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. It will interconnect the national research and education networks in the EaP partner countries, and will integrate them into the pan-European GÉANT network.

July 1, 2015

Last week, CERN hosted an event to discuss ongoing efforts to develop a ‘European open science cloud’. The aim of this work is to bring public research organizations and e‐infrastructures together with commercial cloud-computing suppliers to build a common platform offering a range of services to Europe’s research communities.

May 27, 2015

Last week, iSGTW attended the EGI Conference 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Open science was a major theme at the event, with both the European Science Cloud and EGI's vision for the Open Science Commons featuring as major topics of discussion.

March 11, 2015

The European-Commission-funded SemaGrow project aims to introduce agricultural researchers to technologies around big data. As more and more data is published online, exciting new opportunities are arising to create added value by combining and cross-indexing heterogeneous datasets at a large scale. To make the most out of these opportunities, agricultural researchersneed access toinfrastructure that is not only efficient, responsive, and scalable, but which is also sufficiently flexible and robust to welcome data in a wide variety of forms. 

March 4, 2015

The GÉANT TIC (Trust and Identity Committee) and Internet2 TIER (Trust and Identity for Education and Research) initiatives met at a workshop in Zurich, Switzerland, on 3-4 February to discuss the status and future of US-EU collaboration on trust and identity technology, policy, and federation efforts.

February 25, 2015

The so-called 'long-tail' of research is an important and often underserved community, compared with other areas of science that are well supported by national supercomputing infrastructure. Cloud computing is making it easier to deliver tailored services to these researchers and is enabling new research collaborations across the globe.

February 4, 2015

Only 18% of people living in the EU today have never used the internet, according to a recent Eurostat survey of people aged 16-74. Roughly two-thirds of respondents reported using the internet almost every day and over half say they used the internet while away from home or work last year.

January 28, 2015

Video courtesy GLORIA project (CC BY 3.0).

The GLORIA (GLObal Robotic telescope Intelligent Array for e-science) project has created an online portal that enables internet users to operate a network of 13 telescopes around the world and contribute to astronomical research.

November 19, 2014

Across Japan, universities and government departments are accelerating their research into cloud computing for academic use. Their research aims to enable improved sharing of cloud-computing resources between universities and to share know-how on the development, operation, and management of cloud-computing systems for further research.

November 19, 2014

Cloudscape Brazil 2014 was held on 20 October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event took a practical look at some of the major barriers to the adoption of cloud computing, exploring pathways for closer collaboration between Brazil and Europe on issues of common interest. High on the agenda was the ambition to shape cloud developments in Brazil and Europe by bringing insights into both current market trends and the challenges slowing down mainstream adoption, as well as into the cloud services and best practices to address them.

November 5, 2014

Professor Stephan Roche of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Spain is one of the early adopters of high-performance computing in Europe’s Graphene Flagship initiative. His latest project has received 22 million core hours from PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. 

Roche has fifteen years of experience in developing novel algorithms and computational approaches that can be used to investigate quantum transporting in complex materials such as graphene. Here, we speak to him about his experience of working with PRACE.

October 1, 2014

Video courtesy Digital Agenda EU, © European Union 2014.

February 19, 2014

Next week’s Cloudscape VI event will feature a presentation on e-Science Central, a cloud-based platform for data analysis developed by researchers at Newcastle University, UK. Stephanie Parker speaks to two members of the e-Science Central team to find out more about both the platform and a new collaborative project they’re working on called EU Brazil Cloud Connect.

February 12, 2014

Karlheinz Meier, one of the three co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project, will deliver a keynote talk at this summer's ISC'14 event in Leipzig, Germany.

Funded by the European Commission, the Human Brain Project is an ambitious endeavor, with the intention of greatly advancing the understanding of the human brain using cutting-edge computer technologies.

January 29, 2014

Keith Cover of VU University Medical Centre explains how the computing power of the grid has been used to process thousands of MRI scans from patients with Alzheimer’s, opening the way to better evaluation of biomarkers for this disease in the future.

Cover and his team used open-source software to run analyses of brain imaging scans, in order to track volume changes caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Now the power of the grid has been used to test the accuracy of several software packages on a massive scale.

October 23, 2013

The EUBrazilOpenBio project has published a new joint action plan, outlining it's vision for increased cooperation to tackle biodiversity loss. The document marks an important step towards understanding how to address biodiversity challenges more effectively by creating a joint data and cloud infrastructure for Brazil and Europe. 

January 23, 2013

It may be named after a dying star, but the Helix Nebula project is very much alive. Now half way through its pilot phase, the project is moving ahead with new organizations coming on board.

January 23, 2013

Brazil has one of the highest levels of plant biodiversity in the world, but many local habitats are under pressure. Find out how the EUBrazilOpenBio project is using cloud computing to help conservation efforts in the region.



December 5, 2012

Last week, funders, policy makers, e-infrastructure providers, researchers, and industry leaders met in Brussels for the 2012 SciTech Europe conference. Robert Winston, one of the speakers at the event, warned of the inherent difficulty of predicting 'the next big thing' in science and technology.


October 10, 2012

A recently published European Commission report argues that cloud computing has the potential to boost the European economy by roughly €957 million by 2020, as well as creating 3.8 million jobs... but only if the right policies are put in place. 

February 24, 2012

Dear all,

We currently have a great opportunity for a science communication student to come to CERN on an internship. The deadline for applications is tight: 6th March 2012. Please spread the word to anyone that might be interested. If you have any queries, please contact me via [email protected].

February 18, 2011

For your information, the European Commission has on 9 February, adopted a Green Paper 'From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding' (COM(2011)48).