EGI Conference 2021: Beyond the Horizon – Shaping the Digital Future

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EGI Conference 2021: Beyond the Horizon – Shaping the Digital Future

October 19 - October 21

The date and Call for Abstracts for EGI Conference 2021 have been announced!

#EGI2021 will take place from October 19th until 21st. The conference theme is: “Beyond the Horizon: Shaping the Digital Future”

This year, we’re looking at how EGI Federation is contributing to shaping the digital future: with EOSC growing more mature, the new EU research funding programme Horizon Europe on its way, and an exciting range of advanced services and innovative computing models supporting research, a new landscape for research is being shaped.

At the same time, the challenges we face at a global level – climate change, health crises and the fight against inequality – force researchers, service providers, funders, institutions and policy makers to rise above the status quo.

At this edition of EGI Conference, we invite the community to work together in shaping the  digital future with advanced computing services. Together, we will showcase new services and tools, investigate technical innovations, explore business opportunities and strategic and policy-related initiatives. As always, it will be a great event to present your own work and ideas, and to meet your peers and colleagues from all over the world.

Will you join us?

We expect the conference to be virtual, but we are hoping to implement some small-scale hybrid options, so stay tuned for more news on this!

About the Programme

Keep an eye on this website and our social media channels for updates on the programme.

Next to keynotes and workshops, the conference will be structured in line with the following tracks:

Envisioning the future

Are you developing specific strategies relevant to the EGI community? Or are you eager to discuss and brainstorm about evolving the way we support open science or other policy topics? We look forward to sharing and absorbing knowledge that will support us to shape the digital future together.

Example topics:

  • Open science policies
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Business model innovations
  • Platform and ecosystem strategies
  • Roadmaps for infrastructure development

Delivering services and solutions

We are looking for use cases and proven solutions related to services for distributed computing and data analytics. We also welcome submissions related to services and policies for federating data and computing infrastructures.

Example topics:

  • Big Data
  • High Throughput Computing
  • High Performance Computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Container computing
  • Data Spaces
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Platforms and scalable scientific analysis environments
  • Federated authentication & authorisation
  • Accounting
  • Monitoring
  • Data discovery
  • Software infrastructures
  • Distributed applications and platforms for open science

Innovating services together

Do you want to share ideas, concepts, prototypes for joint innovation activities and bring them to maturity for use? Are you eager to share your latest invention and receive feedback from the community? Let’s advance innovative services and solutions together.

Example topics:

  • Open science methods
  • Data analytics platforms
  • Virtual research environments for integrated data-compute services
  • Infrastructure provisioning for exabyte-scale computing in all scientific disciplines
  • Emerging technologies

Collaboration across boundaries

We’re looking for ideas to enhance collaborations and establish new partnerships in a distributed ecosystem. We are eager to listen to success stories on how scientific excellence has been enabled through the federation of national, regional and international e-infrastructures and in particular the EGI Federation.

Example topics:

  • Potential collaborations
  • Success stories
  • New ways to work together
  • Collaborating across sectors
  • Widening access
Cross-cutting themes

Throughout the conference, we will also highlight three cross-cutting themes that we believe are of special interest for our attendants:

  • Climate, including activities that contribute to climate research itself and to the investigation on how digital infrastructures can contribute to sustainability.
  • Innovative Computing Models, including but not limited to the possibilities created by simulators becoming more widely available, as part of e-Infrastructures and clouds.
  • EOSC, including innovative tools and services that could become part of EOSC.

Call for Abstracts

The annual EGI conference will be held this autumn, from the 19th until the 21st of October. As we are all still patiently waiting for the days we can organise and attend physical events again, this year’s conference will again be held online.

Despite these unknown factors, one thing is certain: we are expecting your input. The call for proposals opens on May 19th (deadline: July 1st 2021 23.59 PM CEST)

We are accepting submissions in the following formats:

  • Long presentations (25 mins)
  • Short presentations (15 mins)
  • Posters
  • Demonstrations (30 mins)
  • Workshops/Sessions (90 mins)



Keep an eye on this website and our social media channels for updates on the registration process.

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