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SURF Research Week

SURF Research Week is the national conference that connects research, IT and innovation. The event took place on 10, 11 and 12 May 2022. Participants could sign up for just 1 or 2 days, or for the full 3 days. It's free!

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Programme

Tuesday 10 May

Jaarbeurs Mediaplaza

  1. 9.15

    Welcome and registration

    Start time:
    9.15
    End time:
    10.00
  2. 10.00

    Opening

    Start time:
    10.00
    End time:
    10.15
    Speaker
    With Jet de Ranitz, chairwoman of SURF's executive board
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)
  3. 10.15

    Talkshow: Let’s talk about breaking boundaries

    Start time:
    10.15
    End time:
    11.15
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)
    Start time:
    10.15
    End time:
    11.15
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)

    A SURF talkshow on open science & artificial intelligence

    Host Barry Fitzgerald will lead two conversations between researchers and board members on open science and artificial intelligence, with a refreshing break in between. Different perspectives of research practice will be tackled around the question: what do researchers, research support staff and others need in the short term to maintain a responsible use of AI in research, and practice open science?

    Guests:
    Caroline Visser (NWO)
    Emily Sullivan (Tu/E)
    Jacomine Ravensbergen (Avans UAS)
    Nanda Piersma (HvA)
    Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)
    Erik-Jan van Kesteren (UU)
    Jet de Ranitz (SURF)
    Damian Podareanu (SURF)

  4. 11.15

    Break - networking & demos

    Start time:
    11.15
    End time:
    12.00
  5. 12.00
    1. 12.00

      ‘Regie op Data’ - perspectives on data sovereignty and data management

      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Trust in Research
      Location
      Beam
      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Trust in Research
      Location
      Beam

      There are many types of data within universities and institutes and with the ongoing digitalization there is a strong belief we need to have (in Dutch): ‘regie op data’ -- being in control of (your) data. But what exactly do we mean, why is it important, and how do we obtain ‘regie op data’? These are questions the members of SURF are exploring together. In this session we will first present current insights, and then open up the discussion with the audience and ask for your feedback.

      Speakers
      Sarah Coombs (Saxion)
      Ruben Kok (DTL)
      Thomas van Himbergen (SURF)

    2. 12.00

      The Impact of AI on Scientific Research

      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Future Technologies
      Location
      Spark
      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Future Technologies
      Location
      Spark

      In this session experts and researchers will discuss how AI as a technology impacts the future of scientific research. Will learned models replace data in 10 years? Will theory become data for Next Gen AI? By the end of this session, you will take home inspiring ideas about AI’s impact.

      Speakers
      Antal van den Bosch, Meertens Institute
      Frank van Harmelen, VU
      Sascha Caron, Nikhef

      Moderator: Matthieu Laneuville, SURF

    3. 12.00

      An Ecosystem for Sustainable Computational Sciences

      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Sustainability in Science
      Location
      Glow
      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Sustainability in Science
      Location
      Glow

      How will new IT technologies drive future sustainable digital infrastructures for research? Join the discussion around two questions:

      How can sustainability be one of the driving forces when looking at new technologies? And how can scientific research more easily adopt these new and more sustainable computation solutions?

      Speakers
      Johan Mentink, Radboud Universiteit
      Hans Hilgenkamp, University of Twente
      Rob van Nieuwpoort, Netherlands eScience Center
      Patty Stabile, TUe

    4. 12.00

      Health & Social Research Infrastructures: 1+1=3

      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Connecting Communities
      Location
      Solar
      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Connecting Communities
      Location
      Solar

      Health RI and ODISSEI are national infrastructures for health research and social sciences respectively. In this session we explore a possible synergy in IT and organisational frameworks between these two research infrastructures. What do they offer and how are they organized? Both science disciplines work with sensitive data; how is this facilitated? This session highlights the major challenges for both parties, followed by an interactive discussion with you about the added value of working together.

      Speakers
      Rob Hooft (DTL)
      Niels Bolding (Health-RI)
      Tom Emery (ODISSEI)
      Lucas van der Meer (ODISSEI)

    5. 12.00

      DCCs: Breaking Boundaries with Impact

      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Research Support
      Location
      Flash
      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Research Support
      Location
      Flash

      Local DCCs started over a year ago to support researchers on digital competencies within their institutions. The LDCC often builds upon on existing organizational structures within the institute, causing differences between various LDCC’s. What can we learn from these different ways of working and what is their impact on research? What are the plans for the near future and what do DCCs need to take the next step? Join our session, listen to examples from practice and share your thoughts!

      Speakers
      Jorn Seubers (RUG)
      Marcel Ras (VU)

      Host: Jeroen Rombouts (EUR)

    6. 12.00

      Containers in the Cloud: An Intro to Modern Reproducible Research

      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Research Applications
      Speaker
      Ahmad Hesam & Ivar Janmaat (SURF)
      Location
      Fluor
      Start time:
      12.00
      End time:
      13.00
      Research Applications
      Location
      Fluor

      Containerization is the packaging of software code with all the necessary components, so that they are isolated in their own container. In research, containers can be used to share and run applications in a reproducible manner. In this session, we will go through the basics of containerization, and we will show you how it can be applied in your research with the help of SURF Research Cloud.

      Ahmad Hesam & Ivar Janmaat (SURF)
  6. 13.00

    Lunch - networking & demos

    Start time:
    13.00
    End time:
    14.00
  7. 14.00
    1. 14.00

      The Confidential Data Sharing Experience

      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Trust in Research
      Speaker
      Duuk Baten & Freek Dijkstra (SURF)
      Location
      Beam
      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Trust in Research
      Location
      Beam

      Do you want others to be able to re-use your confidential data, but don't want to lose control? That's possible! In this interactive session we show you the basics of 3 techniques that can be used to solve this problem: algorithm-to-data, multiparty computation and synthetic data. Be prepared to be called on stage and experience these techniques yourself.

      Duuk Baten & Freek Dijkstra (SURF)
    2. 14.00

      Visualise your Future

      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Future Technologies
      Location
      Spark
      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Future Technologies
      Location
      Spark

      During this workshop we will explore together with participants what you are seeking in the future - in only 45 minutes! Whether it is an emerging technology and/or its impact, or a future pain or gain. By the end of the session, we will have identified relevant trends in technology, new methods, and their potential impact on research.

      Trainer: Laureen Peskens
      Illustrators: Ageeth van der Veen, Maarten Streefland

    3. 14.00

      The Road to Sustainable IT for Research: Strategy, Vision & Policy

      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Sustainable Science
      Location
      Glow
      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Sustainable Science
      Location
      Glow

      Digitalization has greatly increased the results of scientific research. But there is also a downside: the growing energy demand, the claim on natural resources and the carbon footprint of the infrastructure needed by scientific research. What is needed to reduce this ecological footprint? And can the research community commit themselves to work on this in a collaborative effort?

      Speakers
      Kees Vuik, Delft High Performance Computing Centre 
      Simon Portegies Zwart, Sterrewacht Leiden/Universiteit Leiden
      Joris van Eijnatten, Netherlands eScience Center
      Ruben Wassink, RVO
      Ron Augustus, SURF

    4. 14.00

      Research Support Websites 404

      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Research Support
      Location
      Flash
      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Research Support
      Location
      Flash

      Getting researchers to notice your website is one challenge, but keeping the information all up to date should not be overlooked. This is something we all struggle with. In this session several institutes will share what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to research support websites.

      Speakers:
      Mariëtte van Selm (UvA/HvA)
      Sebas Beckeringh (Hogeschool Rotterdam)
      Liselotte Vuijk (Hogeschool Rotterdam)

    5. 14.00

      NES Thematic DCC Community launch

      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Connecting Communities
      Speaker
      Marta Teperek (TU Delft) & Vera Sarkol (CWI)
      Location
      Solar
      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Connecting Communities
      Location
      Solar

      Join us to kick-off the Community for the Natural and Engineering Sciences Digital Competence Centre (NES Thematic DCC). Come and bring your challenges, ideas and/or any support you could offer. During this match-making session, we will help you connect with other researchers and support staff from within the domain and help identify synergies and areas for collaboration.

      Marta Teperek (TU Delft) & Vera Sarkol (CWI)
    6. 14.00

      Snellius: Speeding up Scientific Discovery

      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Research Applications
      Location
      Fluor
      Start time:
      14.00
      End time:
      15.00
      Research Applications
      Location
      Fluor

      Snellius, the new National Supercomputer, officially started its mission of supporting scientific research last October. The first part of this session will showcase some of the ground-breaking research benefiting from Snellius. The second part will focus on the novel ways in which SURF collaborates with Tier-2 institutes (regional HPC systems) to facilitate multi-tiered user support.

      Speakers:
      Thijs Vlugt (TU Delft)
      Richard Zoontjes (TU/e)
      Linn Leppert (UTwente)

  8. 15.00

    Break - networking & demos

    Start time:
    15.00
    End time:
    15.20
  9. 15.20

    Announcing the SURF Research Support Champions

    Start time:
    15.20
    End time:
    15.40
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)
  10. 15.40

    Keynote - How computer simulation makes the difference: from cycling records to tackling COVID19

    Start time:
    15.40
    End time:
    16.30
    Speaker
    Bert Blocken, Eindhoven University of Technology
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)
    Start time:
    15.40
    End time:
    16.30
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)

    This lecture illustrates how simulation with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been leveraged in supporting professional cycling teams, national cycling teams and individual cyclists to prestigious victories, the cycling world hour record and several medals at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. It will also demonstrate the use of CFD to study COVID19 aerosol dispersion in complex environments, ranging from a small fitness center to the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the largest football stadium in the Netherlands.

    Bert Blocken, Eindhoven University of Technology
  11. 16.30

    Closing

    Start time:
    16.30
    End time:
    16.45
    Location
    Polar room (plenary)
  12. 16.45

    Drinks

    Start time:
    16.45
    End time:
    18.00

Wednesday 11 May

Online 

  1. 9.30

    How quantum computing will (not) impact your research

    Start time:
    9.30
    End time:
    10.15
    Future Technologies
    Start time:
    9.30
    End time:
    10.15
    Future Technologies

    Quantum technology is a hot topic for research and society at large. In this informative session we will learn how this technology is going to impact our research and what to expect in a few years. By the end of the session participants will be asked to share their vision, questions & doubts.

    Speakers:
    Aletta Meinsema, Leiden University
    Sebastian Feld, TU Delft
    Ronald de Wolf, UvA

    Moderator: Ariana Torres, SURF

  2. 10.15

    Break

    Start time:
    10.15
    End time:
    10.45
  3. 10.45

    Meet the Champions

    Start time:
    10.45
    End time:
    11.30
    Research Support
    Start time:
    10.45
    End time:
    11.30
    Research Support

    A conversation with the Research Support Champions of 2021 and 2022. They are all amazing research supporters, but have a very different focus. Working at a university of applied sciences, a university, or a university medical center has specific challenges and benefits. What are the differences and similarities? And what boundaries are these champions breaking?

    Speakers
    Maria Kamp (University of Twente)
    Mariette van Selm (UvA/HvA)
    Bob van Dijk (Amsterdam UMC)
    Sarah Coombs (Saxion)
    Serkan Girgin (University of Twente)
    Michèle Huijberts (LUMC)

    Moderator: Josje Spinhoven (SURF)

  4. 11.30

    Break

    Start time:
    11.30
    End time:
    12.00
  5. 12.00

    Material learning: how can we compute as energy-efficient as the human brain?

    Start time:
    12.00
    End time:
    12.45
    Sustainable Science
    Speaker
    Wilfred van der Wiel, University of Twente & Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    Start time:
    12.00
    End time:
    12.45
    Sustainable Science

    The strong increase in digital computing power in combination with the availability of large amounts of data has led to a revolution in machine learning. However, the implementation of machine learning in digital computers is intrinsically wasteful, with energy consumption becoming prohibitively high for many applications. For that reason, people have started looking at natural information processing systems, in particular the brain, that operate much more efficiently. In this session you will be presented with several examples on how nanomaterial networks can be trained using the principle of material learning.

    Wilfred van der Wiel, University of Twente & Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  6. 12.45

    Lunch break

    Start time:
    12.45
    End time:
    14.00
  7. 14.00

    How to Enable Citation for Your Software

    Start time:
    14.00
    End time:
    14.45
    Research Applications
    Speaker
    Barbara Vreede, Netherlands eScience Center
    Start time:
    14.00
    End time:
    14.45
    Research Applications

    Citation helps software developers be recognized for their work. Additionally, citation is an integral part of scientific accountability and reproducibility. But accurately citing software is inherently more complex than citing a paper. In this session you will learn why software citation is so important, and get hands-on experience creating a CITATION file and publishing a software release on Zenodo.

    Barbara Vreede, Netherlands eScience Center
  8. 14.45

    Break

    Start time:
    14.45
    End time:
    15.15
  9. 15.15

    How to Tackle the GDPR "Monster"

    Start time:
    15.15
    End time:
    16.00
    Trust in Research
    Speaker
    Marlon Domingus, EUR
    Start time:
    15.15
    End time:
    16.00
    Trust in Research

    Research projects often process personal data. The research participant's privacy rights are protected by the GDPR. And there's when the difficulties start for the investigators. Yet, the GDPR was drafted to facilitate the free flow of data within the EU and countries with alike safeguards. To strengthen the Digital Single Market, fueled by innovative public-private collaborations that bring new business. Marlon Domingus will demonstrate, in practical terms, how to tackle the many-headed monster of the mere perception of the GDPR.

    Marlon Domingus, EUR
  10. 16.00

    Break

    Start time:
    16.00
    End time:
    16.30
  11. 16.30

    Innovation Ecosystems for High Performing Collaborations

    Start time:
    16.30
    End time:
    17.15
    Connecting Communities
    Speaker
    Jara Pascual, Founder & CEO at Collabwith
    Start time:
    16.30
    End time:
    17.15
    Connecting Communities

    'Innovation ecosystems' should bridge the gap between academic institutions and industry, Jara Pascual argues. With a collaborative mindset and entrepreneurship programs inside universities, connected through the tech transfer office. Here, researchers can easily benefit from financial opportunities from the Horizon Europe framework and other funding. Innovation ecosystems will establish and foster new collaborations and partnerships, and provide the necessary tools, methodologies and activities. This will lead to a new line of potential innovation and entrepreneurship flowing from universities into European industry and society. In this session, you will learn how to create and use innovation ecosystems.

    Jara Pascual, Founder & CEO at Collabwith
  12. 17.15

    End

    Start time:
    17.15
    End time:
    17.15

Thursday 12 May

Online

  1. 9.30

    Digital Twin for the Win?

    Start time:
    9.30
    End time:
    10.15
    Future Technologies
    Speaker
    Thomas Geenen (ECMWF) & Shane Oseasnain (TU/e)
    Start time:
    9.30
    End time:
    10.15
    Future Technologies

    A digital twin is a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process. Digital twins use technologies like AI, IoT, data processing and high-end computing to connect real-time observations and analytical models. It promises in-sito interaction and scenario visualization. In this session we discuss the opportunities and long-term challenges of digital twinning. Is it a hype or a need?

    Speakers: 
    Thomas Geenen (ECMWF)
    Shane Oseasnain (TU/e)

    Moderator: Erik Kentie (SURF)

    Destination Earth: Our planet's digital twin

    Speaker: Thomas Geenen

    How will the impact of severe weather and climate change affect your country or your region and how will you manage the risks of environmental extremes?  

    To address the need for enhanced prediction capabilities, the European Union has set in motion Destination Earth (DestinE), a visionary initiative to create Digital Twins of the Earth system supporting climate change adaptation policies and decision-making for reducing the impacts of extremes. DestinE will contribute to revolutionising the European capability to monitor and predict our changing planet and complement existing national and European services.

    The individual digital twins will produce near real-time, highly detailed and constantly evolving replicas of Earth, including the impact of human activities. Ultimately, the twins will be combined to build a single, highly complex replica of the Earth system that will be more detailed than anything seen before, providing prediction capabilities with an unprecedented level of detail and reliability but also an infrastructure to interact with models and data in new ways.

    Thomas Geenen (ECMWF) & Shane Oseasnain (TU/e)
  2. 10.15

    Break

    Start time:
    10.15
    End time:
    10.45
  3. 10.45

    Why do I need a software management plan?

    Start time:
    10.45
    End time:
    11.30
    Research Support
    Start time:
    10.45
    End time:
    11.30
    Research Support

    Research software plays a crucial role in academic research and has become a key output of many research projects. A software management plan (SMP) helps to implement best practices during software development and ensures that software is accessible and reusable in the short and longer term. It also contributes to the reproducibility of results and stimulates collaborative work on open-source software for research. The Netherlands eScience Center and NWO have set up a working group of experts in the field to develop national guidelines for SMPs. In this interactive session we will present the results of the working group so far, as well as consult the audience for feedback on the draft guidelines.

    Speakers:
    Maria Cruz (NWO)
    Maaike de Jong (Netherlands eScience Center)
    Carlos Martinez Ortiz (Netherlands eScience Center)

  4. 11.30

    Break

    Start time:
    11.30
    End time:
    12.00
  5. 12.00

    Can Software Reduce Energy Consumption in High-Performance Computing?

    Start time:
    12.00
    End time:
    12.45
    Sustainable Science
    Speaker
    Julita Corbalan (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
    Start time:
    12.00
    End time:
    12.45
    Sustainable Science

    EAR is system software for energy management. It incorporates several software components that offer a powerful application and system monitoring environment together with the automatic energy optimization provided by the EAR runtime. EAR job accounting includes power monitoring for all the jobs and automatic performance and power monitoring for a subset of applications. This allows users to be more energy efficient when using energy policies. And it allows expert users to analyse, evaluate and optimise their applications in-depth.

    Host: Sagar Dolas (SURF)

    Julita Corbalan (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
  6. 12.45

    Lunch break

    Start time:
    12.45
    End time:
    14.00
  7. 14.00

    The gold of the 21st century

    Start time:
    14.00
    End time:
    14.45
    Research Applications
    Speaker
    John Swinbank (ASTRON) & Henne Holstege (Amsterdam UMC)
    Start time:
    14.00
    End time:
    14.45
    Research Applications

    Vast networks of sensors, ultra-sensitive instruments and data-driven methodologies enable us to answer some of the largest outstanding questions known to humankind. State-of-the-art digital infrastructures and skills are key to accelerating science and conduct world-leading research. This session highlights two trailblazing data combination and processing experiments from the Astronomy and the Life Sciences domains.

    John Swinbank (ASTRON) & Henne Holstege (Amsterdam UMC)
  8. 14.45

    Break

    Start time:
    14.45
    End time:
    15.15
  9. 15.15

    Towards Data-Driven Collaborations Using SURF Research Cloud

    Start time:
    15.15
    End time:
    16.00
    Trust in Research
    Start time:
    15.15
    End time:
    16.00
    Trust in Research

    In this session, we will present a use case of multi-center international research collaboration in the domain of digital pathology (NKI-Helsinki University). We identify challenges that local research IT and support staff face when such use cases present themselves. And we discuss future solutions and cooperative data governance models. The session will contain short presentations and attendees will be actively involved in discussions.

    Speakers: Jelle ten Hoeve (NKI), Hugo Horlings (NKI) and Ivar Janmaat (SURF)
    Moderator: Peter Walgemoed on behalf of LabSpace.coop

  10. 16.00

    Break

    Start time:
    16.00
    End time:
    16.30
  11. 16.30

    Towards The Metaverse - breaking barriers by connecting human experiences

    Start time:
    16.30
    End time:
    17.15
    Connecting Communities
    Speaker
    Omar Aziz Niamut, TNO
    Start time:
    16.30
    End time:
    17.15
    Connecting Communities

    For some, the Metaverse, as a collection of connected virtual worlds, represents a dystopian vision of our future. But if we start building the Metaverse from our real-world experiences, it can offer exciting solutions to societal challenges related to climate, education and healthcare. eXtended Reality (XR) technologies are key to enabling the Metaverse. And with social XR, we bridge the gap between the real and the virtual towards a human-centric, safe and inclusive Metaverse, breaking the barriers of distance.

    Omar Aziz Niamut, TNO
  12. 17.15

    End

    Start time:
    17.15
    End time:
    17.15