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SURF Research Week

SURF Research Week is the national conference about research and ICT. The first edition of this new, larger, multidisciplinary event took place on 13, 14 and 15 April 2021

SURF Research Week

Programme SURF Research Week

The first programme is ready! We will update the programme on a regular base. Follow our socials or subscribe to the SURF newsletter to stay posted.

 

Tuesday 13 April 

Today's themes will be Challenges in Data Processing and HPC Landscape each theme will have 2 sessions during this day. 
 

Challenges in Data Processing
Data is fuel for scientific discovery and in a lot of cases, it’s ‘the more, the better’. But, gathering data and dealing with data is not always straightforward. In this theme we will go into scenarios where data is complex and scattered across different locations. And we will discuss challenges (and opportunities) in the data-driven field of applied artificial intelligence (AI) for research. 

HPC Landscape
Modern scientific research increasingly requires large computing capacity and the ability to handle enormous amounts of data. This is reflected in the fast evolution of deployment of High-Performance Computing systems, services and collaborations on institutional, national and pan-European level, as well as through public and private clouds. The current HPC landscape is diverse, access routes and conditions for researchers vary, and collaborations on various levels are built and needed. In this track we discuss this HPC landscape from various viewpoints and perspectives.

13:00 ONLINE WALK-IN OPEN
Meet & Connect in our Network Carousel
13:30-14:00 OPENING PLENARY
Welcome address by Emmelie Zipson
Opening by Jet de Ranitz en Maurice Bouwhuis
14:00-14:30

A sneak peek at the new national supercomputer 
SURF and Lenovo are building a new national supercomputer: the most powerful high-performance computing system in the Netherlands. It will consume less energy than the current supercomputer Cartesius, but is 8 times more powerful. In this session, you will hear more about the possibilities that this machine offers Dutch scientific research.

Speaker(s):  Detlef Lohse and Walter Lioen

14:30-14:45

BREAK
Relax and recharge yourself

14:45-15:00 ENERGIZER
Hosted by NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam
Speaker:  Meta Lepelaar
15:00-15:45

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Challenges in Data Processing: Complex and Scattered Computing
What is the best approach to gathering, storing, and processing data, especially when dealing with large datasets and/or data distributed across different locations? In this session we will take a closer look at different (scientific) use cases and their way of dealing with complex computing challenges.

During this session two inspiring research projects will present different approaches to distributed computing, e.g. internet of things (IoT) and data processing platform Spider.  Wrapped up/putting it in perspective and an overview by SURF including a short Q and A. 

Speaker(s): Lolke Boonstra,  Otto Hasekamp and Kristen Lutz

HPC Landscape: Accessible HPC 
Dutch researchers have sustainable and straightforward access to adequate HPC facilities and expertise, necessary for conducting competitive, excellent research. These HPC facilities are used and supported effectively and innovatively for this purpose. But how?  That is the question of this session. A panel with various expert stakeholders  will share and discuss their views.

Speaker(s): Alfons HoekstraJoop Schaye Valeriu Codreanu and host Axel Berg

15:45-16:00 BREAK
Relax and recharge yourself
16:00-16:45

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Challenges in Data Processing: AI for Science
The application of AI technologies for scientific discovery is rapidly increasing. This ranges from pattern discovery in experimental data all the way to enhancing numerical simulations with deep learning. What are the most important developments and opportunities, what are current obstacles in applying AI for science, and what is needed? A number of showcases will start this discussion.

Speaker(s): Christoph WenigerFrancesco Ciompi,  Bernd Ensing and host Axel Berg

HPC Landscape: Cloud Technology— Why Not?  
Everything in the cloud! Right? Cloud technology has provided a lot of  opportunities but has also raised lots of questions on performance, privacy, data handling etc. Join us for a panel discussion with cloud experts and cloud users, dealing with that one question: why should you (not) want to take your research project to the cloud? 

Speaker(s): Martine de Vos, Richard ZoontjensJip Leendertse and  Bob van Dijk

16:45-17:00

CLOSING PLENARY
Wrap-up, closing plenary and virtual drinks
Meet & Connect in our Network Carrousel 

 

Wednesday 14 April 

We Live to Support Research
To ensure researchers can focus on their work, research support teams handle complex challenges in the areas of data management, policies, security, and ICT. On this day , we put the spotlight on these vital support efforts. Also, to honour the research supporters, we will award a prize to the ‘SURF Research Support Champion’ for the first time. 
 

13:00-13:30 ONLINE WALK-IN OPEN
Meet & Connect in our Network Carousel
13:30-14:00 OPENING PLENARY
Welcome address by Emmelie Zipson
Opening remarks by Marjolein Drent and Sandra Passchier
14:00-14:30 AWARD SHOW
SURF Research Support Champion
14:30-14:45 BREAK
Relax and recharge yourself
14:45-15:00 ENERGIZER
Hosted by NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam
Speaker:  Joris Smaling 
15:00-15:45

We Live to Support Research: Tackle the Hassle
In this session, research supporters will present use cases and discuss how research support can be extended from a local (institutional) to a national level via Digital Competence Centers. How can we organize research support in such a way that the hassle of data policies, technical systems and security is minimized?

Speaker(s): Edwin KallemeinClaudia KamphuisTroy NachtigallPeter Hinrich, Bart Root and Erik van den Berg

15:45-16:00 BREAK
Relax and recharge yourself
16:00-16:45

We Live to Support Research: Research Without Borders
Research does not stop at national borders. How can researchers and communities of large international research projects be supported in collaborating and sharing data all over the world? In this session, speakers from international organizations will inspire you by showing how they overcame their cross-border collaboration challenges. For example with technical solutions such as (virtual) research environments.

Speaker(s): João Fernandes and Günther Landgraf

16:45-17:00 CLOSING PLENARY
Wrap-up, closing plenary and virtual drinks
Meet & Connect in our Network Carrousel

 

 

Thursday 15 April 

Today is devoted to these 2 themes: Open Science & Collaboration and Fearless Data Sharing, Across Borders.

Open Science and Collaboration
Open Science moving forward for all research! Whether it is of the fundamental kind, or the kind that aims to be applicable in society right away. Open Science doesn’t magically appear though; changes and effort are being put in. However, the close collaboration between policy makers, infrastructure providers, research supporters and of course researchers can make open science easy, fun and better! We will show you in two completely different sessions. Come join the open science and collaboration track and ill show you just how.

Fearless Data Sharing, Across Borders
Sharing data safely and efficiently is difficult. However, being able to share data effortlessly when different researchers collaborate together, but also contribute independently, is becoming increasingly important. The exploration of scientific knowledge demands collaboration and data sharing across disciplines and across the borders, of our institutions or countries. Historically, sharing data in these contexts has been difficult and error prone. In this session we will share thoughts and solutions to data sovereignty and introduce you into the most important European projects that work on solutions for fearless data sharing, across borders.

13:00-13:30 ONLINE WALK-IN OPEN
Meet & Connect in our Network Carrousel
13:30-14:00 OPENING PLENARY
Welcome address by Emmelie Zipson
Opening remarks by Marjan Grootveld and Ymke van den Berg
14:00-14:30

KEYNOTE 
Vera Heininga

14:30-14:45 BREAK
Relax and recharge yourself
14:45-15:00 ENERGIZER
Hosted by NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam
Speaker:  Pietje van Wijngaarden
15:00-15:45

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Open Science & Collaboration: The Impact of Open Applied Science 
Knowledge wants to be shared and open science is the way. For knowledge created at the universities of applied science, which aims to be of direct applicable value to society, this is possibly even more essential. From the perspectives of the researcher, the research supporter and the (re)user we will show you good practices, challenges and benefits, demonstrating exactly why and how open science in the area of applied science makes a difference!

Speakers: Eva Woertman, Wim Rill and Danae Bodewes

Fearless Data Sharing, Across Borders: Data sovereignty: dare to share! 
Researchers and algorithms need data to learn and improve their predictions. Gathering and sharing the relevant data for analysis brings risk and is often strenuous and expensive, especially for sensitive data. It calls for built-in trust, technical expertise, and a thorough understanding of data management processes. Sharing data fearlessly needs an approach to data security which meets all conditions for any given situation. Privacy is crucial in every domain handling sensitive data and must be built into the design of any data-sharing mechanism. 

In this session, our speaker Michiel de Jong, an independent developer who uses crowdfunding and (European) grants to work on open source technology will present his story: Connected but Sovereign, with Federated Bookkeeping. ‘Read access requires trust. Write access requires consensus.’ says Michiel. His talk will be followed by a round table interview with special quests about ‘how do you dare to share’ hosted by Sara Ramezani from SURF. You will hear more about knowledge of methods being used or developed to protect data sovereignty, while facilitating the use of your data by others.

Speakers(s): Michiel de JongAnnette ScherpenzeelFreek DijkstraAndre Dekker with  host Sara Ramezani

15:45-16:00

BREAK
Relax and recharge yourself

16:00-16:45

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Open Science & Collaboration: Identify Yourself!
Persistent Identifiers….they might sound technical and dull. But what if we tell you they are the basic elements for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) research? And even better, in being just that, they save valuable administration time that can be directed to what really matters: doing research.

We will present you with the case of ORCiD, an author identifier. The university libraries have run an awesome campaign to help researchers get their own ORCiD, to save time and identify themselves and their research to the world. An informational Identifier quiz and inspirational practices and stories from the campaigners from the research libraries.

Speaker(s): Fabiana Visentin,  Felix Weijdema and host Suraya M. Farah-Gaeta

Fearless Data Sharing, Across Borders: Data Backpacking through Europe
The vision of the European Open Science Cloud, abbreviated as EOSC, is that it will offer 1.8 million European researchers a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data across borders and scientific disciplines.

It will do so by federating existing scientific data infrastructures, which are currently dispersed across disciplines and EU member states. Over the past years numerous projects have been working on turning this vision into a reality. In this session we will share some of these projects with you, show you their impact on the services of SURF and show how this will make your life as a researcher (a little bit) easier.

Speaker(s): Bob JonesNarges ZarrabiRon Trompert, Raymond Oonk and Mark van de Sande

16:45-17:00 CLOSING PLENARY
Wrap-up,  closing plenary and virtual drinks
Meet & Connect in our Network Carrousel