The Data we need for the Ocean we care for – Satellite event at 2024 UN Ocean Decade Conference

Blue-Cloud Event
9 April 2024 17:00–18:30
World Trade Center, Room 9-10, Barcelona, Spain

Data collection, analysis and application are key enablers for ocean data innovation. Data integration/interoperability is needed. A workshop organised as an off-site event of the 2024 UN Ocean Decade Conference, 9 April 2024 in Barcelona, Spain, will deep dive into cases of success in data sharing practices from European research infrastructures, and how to maximise this potential at global level for contributing to the SDGs and the Digital Twins of the Ocean programmes.

The workshop will be opened by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and will showcase best practices of marine data federation  from the Blue-Cloud2026 and the iMAGINE European projects, with specific insights on applications for marine biology and the fishery domain. With input by EMODnet, Copernicus Marine and leading marine research infrastructures, Blue-Cloud ( is contributing to the open science transformation by an easier discovery and access of blue data, open to all to implement open science and AI. The iMagine initiative ( provides a portfolio of image datasets, high-performance image analysis tools empowered with Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Best Practice documents for scientific image analysis.

The OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) and the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) of IOC/UNESCO will also join the workshop to dive into the education and training needs to ensure data management practices and standards are put in place at a global level.

Last but not least, representatives from the European Digital Twins of the Ocean (EU DTO) Programme and its global counterpart, the DITTO programme, will complement with insights from the global efforts to build awareness around the ensuring cross-regional data sharing towards the development of digital twins of the ocean.

More info on the Blue-Cloud website here.

Last chance to access ATMO-ACCESS services

This is your last chance to access Europe’s most advanced facilities for observation and exploration in atmospheric science within the ATMO-ACCESS general call framework.

ATMO-ACCESS provides access to 61 of the leading European atmospheric research facilities within the current call. Note that the new ATMOBox service developed at ICOS ATC will be available as part of this call.

A full list of facilities can be found at Facilities can be accessed in person, remotely or in a hybrid format, combining physical and remote access. Remote access can enable the users to perform a research project without the need to visit the facility on-site, with the support of the local service providers. Access to any of the ATMO-ACCESS facilities is provided for users with no charges for the use of the infrastructure, instrumentation, or expert support. What is more, users may benefit from a contribution to support some of their accommodation and travel costs.

Applications for access within this call are submitted via the PASS Platform ( ). You will be asked to provide a short proposal outlining the content of your research project, the problem it addresses and how access to the ATMO-ACCESS infrastructure will enable progress that would otherwise have not been possible. You will also be asked about any co-funding you can provide for travel costs, in addition to ATMO-ACCESS’s partial contribution.

Access for a new and unconventional use of the facilities, which favors an effective combination of the research interest, knowledge, and resources of the user and the facility staff is strongly encouraged. Applications will be reviewed first by an Independent Experts Panel and the final decision will be made by the project’s Strategic Board. Please note that the ATMO-ACCESS TNA programme is a competitive process with an average 60-70% success rate.

More details on how to apply can be found here:

The call timing is as follows:

  • Call opening: 15 February 2024
  • Deadline for applications: 3rd April 2024
  • Deadline for the Feasibility check: 15 April 2024
  • Review period: 15 April 2024 – 13 May 2024
  • Final selection (joint Coordination/STVB/SAMU meeting): Week 20-24 May 2024
  • Final list of accepted TNAs: 28 May 2024
  • Access Period: June 2024- January 2025

N.B. Users from potential ACTRIS National Facilities seeking support from Central Facilities are not eligible, as Central Facilities services are covered by the ACTRIS ERIC funding scheme.

Open day for the launch of the OSCARS Open Call for Open Science Projects

We are pleased to invite you to join us online for an open day dedicated to the launch of the OSCARS project Open Call for Open Science projects, which will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Friday, 15 March 2024.

The call, which is the first of two calls foreseen in the frame of the project (total worth ~16 million EUR), aims to support research communities from any scientific domain to take up open science and foster the involvement of scientists in EOSC.

Researchers from all scientific disciplines are welcome to apply with proposals for the development of new, innovative Open Science projects or services, that together will drive the uptake of FAIR-data-intensive research throughout the European Research Area (ERA).
Projects – which will be funded with a lump sum between 100,000 and 250,000 EUR – can be proposed in the field of any of the Science Clusters and beyond by any researcher or group of researchers.

By the end of the project, it is expected that a series of valuable scientific demonstrators will be available, leading to an increased uptake of Open Science by researchers and to promote cross-border and cross-domain cooperation in the long run.

During the event, participants will learn more about the scope and content of the call, and will be welcome to raise any question about the call and the application process.


To learn about OSCARS and the opportunity given by the 1st OSCARS Open Call for Open Science projects, which will be launched on March 15th, 2024.
To ask any question related to the call and get useful answers to increase the chances of submitting a successful proposal.


  • Researchers from all scientific disciplines
  • Data scientists
  • Members of research infrastructures



OSCARS is a four-year EU-funded project that will foster the uptake of Open Science in Europe by consolidating the achievements of world-class European research infrastructures in the ESFRI roadmap and beyond into lasting interdisciplinary FAIR data services and working practices. The project will strengthen the role of the Science Clusters in the ERA by developing domain-based Competence Centres and by fostering the implementation of Open Science projects funded through a cascading grant mechanism.

ICOS Science Conference 2024 – Abstract Submission is Open

The 6th ICOS Science Conference will be held in France from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th of September 2024 in Versailles Palais des Congrès and online. In addition there will be an ice-breaker networking event on Monday the 9th and excursions or other side events on Friday the 13th so make sure to reserve the whole week in your calendar.

This year’s theme is “From GHG observations through science to services”. The sessions reflect ICOS’s three domains – Atmosphere, Ecosystem and Ocean – and incorporate broader themes such as climate services, science communication and cooperation between Research Infrastructures.

The Call for Abstracts for ICOS Science Conference is now open! The abstract submission deadline is Monday, 8 April, 2024 at 13:00 CET.

Learn more about the sessions and how to submit an abstract on the conference website.

ENVRI community contributes to ENVRI-Hub NEXT: Advancing Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Data Access

Eight Environmental Research Infrastructures (ACTRIS ERICAnaEE ERICEPOS ERICEuroArgo ERICIAGOSICOS ERICLifeWatch ERIC and eLTER) are integral of the ENVRI-Hub NEXT project that will bring the gateway to interdisciplinary environmental research data – ENVRI-Hub – to the NEXT level. Launched on February 1, 2024, and funded by Horizon Europe under Call: HORIZON-INFRA-2023-DEV-01, the project convenes a consortium of 21 partners for a face-to-face meeting at the EGI Foundation in Amsterdam’s Science Park from February 6 to 8, 2024.

Project Overview

ENVRI-Hub NEXT aims to expand multidisciplinary environmental sciences by fostering operational synergies between the participating environmental research infrastructures and beyond. The project leverages complementarities in data and services provision, enhancing the integration of cutting-edge information technology and contributing to a more integrated, productive, and globally competitive ENVRI Science Cluster.


Objectives and Ambition

The participating ENVRIs are actively contributing to addressing the growing demand for environmental scientific knowledge. Our involvement aligns with the project’s goal of further integrating research infrastructures across subdomains (Atmosphere, Marine, Solid Earth, and Biodiversity/Ecosystems) and horizontally, with the e-infrastructures to leverage the full potential of the ENVRI cluster for integrated environmental research.

To transform integrated Earth observation into a concept for a global climate observation system, ENVRI-Hub NEXT aligns with the World Meteorological Organization’s set of Essential Climate Variables (ECV) and global climate indicators. These variables provide empirical evidence crucial for understanding and predicting climate evolution, guiding mitigation and adaptation

Project Duration and Impact

The project is coordinated by the EGI Foundation and is set to run until January 2027, contributing to the European Open Science Cloud and promoting collaboration across environmental research infrastructures.

More information

For more information on the ENVRI community’s role and contributions, please contact communications(at) Stay tuned for the official project website launch at In the mean time, follow our updates on LinkedIn or X.

ENVRINNOV project kick off: paving the way for the development of new technologies & services to address the climate crisis


Research-driven environmental policies, and new technologies and services to support their effective implementation and monitoring, are essential for a timely and concerted approach to adapt to and mitigate the effects of the unfolding climate crisis. European Research Infrastructures (RIs) of the Environment Domain, collectively referred to as the European Environmental and Earth System RIs (ENVRI) community, provide the crucial data necessary upon this is built. To respond to the emerging challenges and needs brought upon the climate crisis, and adequately serve scientific and policy priorities across all environment domains, new services and technologies for scientists, policy-makers and industrial users, need to be developed and deployed by ENVRIs in an ongoing basis. To do this effectively, ENVRIs must monitor emerging needs and gaps that need to be filled, and leverage a coordinated innovation approach to accelerate the technological and service developments necessary to meet them.

This will be addressed through the new Horizon Europe project “ENVRINNOV- ENVironment Research infrastructures INNOVation Roadmap”. ENVRINNOV received €2.5 million funding from the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Framework Programme, to prepare common strategies for the future development of Research Infrastructure (RI) technologies and services within the Environment community.
Starting in January, 2024 and with a duration of three (3) years, ENVRINNOV will co-design, test, and validate a common Innovation Roadmap for theENVRIcommunity. This Roadmap will set a credible pathway for the ENVRI community to establish and operate an ENVRI Innovation Hub (EIH), for the future development of new state-of-the-art technologies and services. The project will also develop the tools, policies, and community necessary for the Roadmap’s successful implementation.

To achieve this, ENVRINNOV will: i) Conduct a comprehensive analysis of ENVRI services and technological needs & gaps, and define how to monitor them regularly. ii) Define, digitalize, and promote the uptake of common ENVRI innovation strategies for new technologies/services development to meet emerging needs/gaps. This will be done by defining and testing innovation co-creation mechanisms between ENVRIs, industry and the scientific community and shaping them into common policies. The project will also develop an ENVRI innovation capacity-building programme, a digital platform to enable them, and an uptake strategy to promote them. iii) Engage the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and R&I environment ecosystems to ensure long-term synergies and complementarities with ENVRI and gather feedback and support for the Roadmap.

Finally, the project will plan for the timely and realistic implementation of the Roadmap, by also creating and validating with the ENVRI community an implementation plan, governance model and business model for the EIH.
ENVRINNOV’s approach supports ESFRI’s strategic objective to “accelerate the exploitation of EU RIs as knowledge & innovation hubs”. It will help strengthen the European response to the climate crisis and its associated scientific, societal and economic challenges, by increasing the capacity of ENVRIs to respond to them. It will contribute to a more effective EU RI landscape, and support better integration across thematic areas and with the EU Technology Infrastructure landscape.

ENVRINNOV’s impact will manifest on multiple levels , unlocking opportunities for novel environmental monitoring technology solutions and data applications, while indirectly promoting the development of the Technology Infrastructure dimension in various RIs.

To achieve its objectives, the ENVRINNOV consortium brings together ten (10) partners from five (5) European countries- Cyprus, Germany, Finland, Italy and France. In addition to the Cyprus Institute, which is the coordinator of the project, the rest of the partners consist of: Forschungzentrum Julich GMBH -FZH (Germany), the Integrated Carbon Observation System- European Research Infrastructure Consortium- ICOS ERIC (Finland), the Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure- European Research Infrastructure Consortium – ACTRIS ERIC (Finland), the European Multi-Disciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory-European Research Infrastructure Consortium – EMSO ERIC (Italy), Helsingin Yliopisto- UHEL (Finland), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique -CNSRS (France), Commissariat à L’énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives – CEA (France), Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie – KIT (Germany) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Fur Umweltforschung GMBH – UFZ (Germany).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2023 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 101131426.

OSCARS project funded to foster the uptake of Open Science in Europe

OSCARS is a four-year EU-funded project that will foster the uptake of Open Science in Europe by consolidating the achievements of world-class European research infrastructures in the ESFRI roadmap and beyond into lasting interdisciplinary FAIR data services and working practices. The project will strengthen the role of the Science Clusters in the ERA by developing domain-based Competence Centres and by fostering the implementation of Open Science projects funded through a cascading grant mechanism.

To maintain the high-momentum achieved in these past years on FAIR data management and connecting research communities from all scientific domains to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), all Science Clusters are working together in the Horizon Europe OSCARS project, which has been granted ~25M EUR funding in the framework of the European Commission Horizon Europe call HORIZON-INFRA-2023-EOSC-01-01.

OSCARS brings together world-class European RIs in the ESFRI roadmap and beyond, and will be implemented in the next four years. Its first objective is to consolidate the achievements from the previous projects of the Science Clusters into lasting interdisciplinary FAIR data services and working practices. Moreover, the project will lead and foster the involvement of a broad range of research communities in EOSC by launching two Open Calls (in total worth at about 16 million Euro) for the development of new, innovative Open Science projects,

To increase data FAIRness, OSCARS will also further develop a FAIR-compliant certification scheme for research data, community-based science platforms embedded in the EOSC portal and providing access to FAIR data services, data sources, guidelines and training. It will, in addition, provide highly composable research-enabling services, as well as data processing and management solutions.

The implementation of the work has already started, based on a long-standing collaboration among all the science clusters, whose role in the European Research Area will be further strengthened, recognised, acknowledged and sustained for the future. It is expected that, through OSCARS, the advances in organisational models, as well as in sharing digital technologies and services for the benefit of all domains, will be further strengthened, and that there will be a widespread uptake of multidisciplinary Open Science practices in the different research communities and beyond.

Click here to read the full press release.

Open position: Senior engineer/researcher in particle and greenhouse gas measurements at NILU, Norwegian Institute for Air Research

NILU are seeking a committed and self-motivated researcher with a master or PhD degree. You must have expertise in measurement techniques such as gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy. You must have good competence in and enjoy practical work related to troubleshooting and service of simple and advanced instrumentation.

In addition, you should have:

  • Education in measurement technology, physics or chemistry
  • Knowledge within electronics
  • Experience from operating measuring instruments
  • Experience from control of measurement data and quality systems
  • Computer skills within Office 365 and systems for collecting and processing measurement data
  • Good written and oral presentation skills in Norwegian and English
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Driver’s license for a passenger car

Click here for more information here.

Application deadline: 15th August, 2023

EOSC Symposium 2023: registration open!

Registration is officially open for the EOSC Symposium, which will take place in Madrid, Spain, from 20-22 September 2023. The event is being co-organised by the EOSC Future project, the European Commission, the EOSC Association and the EOSC Steering Board, and registration is open for both in-person and online participation.

Under the heading ‘Taking EOSC into the future’, EOSC Symposium 2023 will tackle all of your questions:

  • What will be the EOSC assets that will be sustained after 2027? 
  • How will they be financed and governed? 
  • What will be the impact of EOSC on the European Data and Infrastructure ecosystem? 

During plenary and breakout sessions:

  • The results achieved so far will be presented by the EOSC tripartite collaboration, EOSC projects, the Science Clusters and many other active stakeholders. 
  • EOSC Future will showcase how the work completed in the past 3 years has contributed to progress the EOSC MVE (a minimum viable EOSC).
  • The EOSC Association Task Forces and the INFRAEOSC-07 projects will discuss how they are advancing some of the technical and non-technical challenges highlighted in the SRIA.
  • Speakers representing other initiatives such as Data Spaces, CoARA, etc., will join the event to help us understand the role of EOSC in the broader ecosystem.

Open Science experts, researchers and research support networks, regional and EU policymakers, IT service and infrastructure providers, Research Infrastructures…be prepared to connect, take inventory of the year’s achievements and lead EOSC into the future!

Registration is open until 31 July 2023, 23.59 CEST. Click here to reserve your spot at EOSC Symposium 2023.

Early birds: Grab your seat at the main EOSC event of the year

Make sure to register as soon as possible; places are limited and will fill up quickly. For those who cannot attend in Madrid, there is an online participation option via the above link. 

Keep in mind: Event registration costs will vary depending on in-person or online attendance, among other conditions. Information on registration fees (i) Standard, ii) European Commission, EOSC Steering Board, EOSC Association Board of Directors, iii) EOSC Association Task Force co-chairs is included on the event website. You will also find accommodation and other logistical information in the ‘Practical information’ section. 

Participants who decide to stay at the venue (NH Ventas – Madrid) can benefit from a special rate of 138,61 EUR/night (VAT incl.). Here is the link to book rooms directly: 


An open call for exhibitors

Don´t miss the opportunity to show your work and network at your personalised exhibition booth in Madrid. A marvellous exhibition area is waiting for you. 

Book your #EOSCsymposium23 booth here by 7 July 2023.

More information on the programme and other opportunities coming soon. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates on the official EOSC Symposium website and keep an eye out for the #EOSCsymposium23 hashtag.

Open position: ICT Ontology Developer at the Service Centre of LifeWatch ERIC

Ontology developer is a specialist who develops upper and domain ontologies. They assess the needs of the scientific community for structuring the ontologies. They are responsible for a wide variety of activities to represent the knowledge semantically.

JOB TITLE: ICT Ontology Developer
LOCATION: LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre premises in Lecce, Italy
POSITION: Full-Time, 12 months possibility of renewal

The ideal candidate should meet the following requirements

  • Have a university degree or equivalent qualifications in Computer Science;
  • At least 3 years of accredited professional experience in the in the following topics:
  1. Theory of formal languages and formal ontologies (e.g. OWL);
  2. Modelling of domain ontologies, in particular for scientific disciplines;
  3. Semantic web technologies (RDF, SPARQL).
  • Fluent in written and spoken English. Skills in other European working languages will be taken as an advantage;
  • Proven organisation and communication skills, committed to working in teams and under tight deadlines, and in international environments and multi-language contexts;
  • Available to travel abroad according to the specific working needs of this position.

Deadline for application: 5th July 2023.

More information about the role and application process can be found here.