22 October 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

Helsinki, Finland

The International Research Data Community contributing to EOSC 

An EOSC Event at RDA Helsinki Plenary: an integral part of the EOSC Stakeholder Forum

22 October 2019, 09:00 – 17:00 local time, Helsinki, Finland

Aalto University, DIPOLI, Otakaari 24, Otaniemi, Espoo

Organised by EOSCSecretariat.eu in collaboration with the Research Data Alliance (RDA)

REGISTER HERE. Registration closes on the 11th of October 2019 at 6pm CET.


Purpose & Scope 

One year on the launch of EOSC, this timely event wishes to provide a voice to the research data community of stakeholders in a global setting on the European Open Science Cloud progress and early results. The EOSC Executive and Governance Boards have been working hard to shape practical engagement plans, this event wishes to have an exchange between the different players to provide some preliminary results on the Working Group activities as well as to receive feedback and comments from the participants to highlight future priorities. 

Therefore, during a one day interactive forum, the agenda will evolve to cover topics around the EOSC Governance Vision and Roadmap, as well as updates from the five Working Groups which are: Architecture, Landscape, FAIR, Sustainability, Rules of Participation. Moreover, taking advantage of the international dimension of the event, representatives from the Governance board will offer their national perspectives and agendas around research data to collect feedback and share lessons learned with representatives from other regions . 

All the input received is two-fold, it will firstly help the EOSC governance to set future priorities and secondly it may serve as assessing what potential, new topics can be fed into RDA Working Groups to address the international aspects for EOSC. All the feedback received will be also used to shape the EOSC Symposium event, taking place on 26-28 November 2019, in Budapest, Hungary.

Who should attend? 

European and international research data practitioners, all EOSC family related projects, research and academic institutions, policy makers, funding agencies to assess future priorities and challenges for EOSC. 

Main take-aways for the participants 

  • Hear the progress made within the different EOSC Governance Boards and Working Groups;
  • Contribute to provide the research data community voice on EOSC needs;
  • Gain an understanding of what engagement opportunities are available for EOSC; 
  • Grab the opportunity to apply for any open calls in the EOSCSecretariat.eu project;
  • Consider bringing your contribution to an already existing RDA Working Group or think of creating a new one to address the international dimension of EOSC; 
  • Become part of the EOSC community.





08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:30

Opening Plenary: the EOSC vision


  • 09:00 – 09:30: Collective presentation on the EOSC vision from the EOSC Executive Board, Governing Board, European Commission
    • Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit for Open Science at European Commission, DG RTD, European Commission
    • Hans-Josef Linkens, Governing Board Chair and Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    • Cathrin Stӧver, GÉANT and Vice Chair of EOSC Executive Board
    • Andreas Veispak, Head of Unit eInfrastructure & Science Cloud, DG Connect, European Commission
  • 09:30 – 10:30: Panel discussion with representatives from EOSC EB, GB, EC and RDA.
    • Moderator: Hilary Hanahoe, Secretary General, RDA Foundation
    • Panelists:
      • Jill Benn, The University of Western Australia - UWA, Australia
      • Kostas Glinos, DG RTD, European Commission
      • Mark Leggot, Research Data Canada/CANARIE
      • Yasuhiro Murayama, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
      • Omo Oayia, West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), Nigeria
      • Andreas Veispak, DG Connect, European Commission

Interactive session to gather questions from the audience 

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Plenary Session: The EOSC Working Groups early results & future plans


  • 11:00 – 11:30: Overview of the early results of the EOSC Working Groups, Karel Luyben, CESAER & Chair of the EOSC Executive Board
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Panel discussion
    • Moderator: Anu Nuutinen, Development Programme for Data management and Scientific Computing and Finnish representative in the EOSC Governing Board
    • Panelists:
      • Jean-François Abramatic, Inria and Architecture WG Chair
      • Juan Bicarregui, Research Data Alliance - RDA, STFC and Rules of Participation (Rop) WG Chair
      • Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and FAIR WG Chair
      • Rupert Lueck, EMBL and Sustainability WG co-chair
      • John Womersley, European Spallation Source ERIC and EOSC Executive Board

Interactive session to gather questions from the audience. This session is a lead up to the following break out sessions where the WG coordinators discuss with the participants the strategic priorities of the Working Groups and identify any gaps

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 15:30

Breakout Sessions: Contributing to the EOSC Working Groups


Working Groups Breakout sessions:

  • Architecture - Moderated by: Jean-François Abramatic, Inria and Architecture WG Chair and Robert Quick, Indiana University
  • FAIR - Moderated by: Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and FAIR WG Chair & Leslie McIntosh-Borrelli, Research Data Alliance (US)
  • Landscape - Moderated by: John Womersley, European Spallation Source ERIC and EOSC Executive Board & Frankie Stevens, AARNet (Australia’s Academic & Research Network)
  • Rules of Participation - Moderated by: Juan Bicarregui, Research Data Alliance - RDA, STFC and Rules of Participation (Rop) WG Chair & Andrew Treloar, Australian Research Data Commons
  • Sustainability - Moderated by: Rupert Lueck, EMBL and Sustainability WG co-chair & Mark Leggott, Research Data Canada/CANARIE

All stakeholders are invited to attend the breakout sessions and participate into the discussion to:

  • Bring their perspective and assets, to capitalize on previous experience
  • Share lessons learnt  
  • Learn best practices from other regions
  • Assess opportunities for international cooperation
  • Identify gaps 
  • Gather input to plan the EOSC Symposium in November 2019

15:30 – 16:00 

Networking Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

Closing Plenary: Moving forward together


  • Wrap up from the breakout session chairs 
  • Next steps and priorities
  • Concrete engagement opportunities
  • Input for the EOSC Symposium

Interactive session to gather input from the audience.

17:30 - 19:30

           Networking Cocktail