OCRE Final Event: Driving Innovation Through the Adoption of Commercial Cloud and EO Services

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Description and Scope

Digital Single Market strategy is one of the European Commission’s (EC) 10 political priorities, intending to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content. The Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE) project, funded by the EC, is a practical example of how this can come about, and over 48 months has successfully made it easier for consumers, in this case researchers and research institutions, to access a wide range of powerful digital tools.

Join the OCRE project from 6-7 December at the Altis Grand Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal to learn more about the Cloud and Earth Observation Digital Single Market for Research. Hear from project members, adopters, service providers through the exhibition, aggregators and researchers on the ground about the positive impact the access to this technology is having on European research. The event will also look forward to the future of this Digital Single Market and what the next steps will look like, including the next cloud framework for research, service integration in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and future cloud adoption funding opportunities after the OCRE project.

Some highlights to look forward to include:

  • Everything you need to know about the incredibly successful OCRE Cloud Framework
  • Earth Observation service promotion and visibility through OCRE
  • OCRE Success Stories from researchers who used the services for their projects
  • OCRE procurement and business models
  • Networking with NRENs, Cloud and EO Service Suppliers and IT Teams from Research and Education Institutions

Who should be there and why?

  • Cloud Providers – Learn about best practices to get the most out of the OCRE Framework. Present relevant OCRE Cloud Funding for Research use cases together with the researchers involved. Network with potential clients (IT Teams from Research & Education Institutions).
  • EO Providers – Present relevant OCRE EO Funding for Research use cases together with the researchers involved. Network with potential clients (IT Teams from Research & Education Institutions).
  • NRENs – Best practices to get the most out of the OCRE Framework for your country.
  • Research and Education Institute IT Teams – Find out more about relevant commercial cloud and EO services to enhance research in your institution
  • Relevant members of the EOSC ecosystem – Find out how commercial cloud and EO can be integrated with and benefit the European Open Science Cloud.
  • Researchers – Learn about the benefits of commercial cloud and EO services for research as well as the wide scope of applications

Main Takeaways

  • The advantages that commercial cloud services have for better research outcomes
  • How OCRE’s results will continue on after the project (through the OCRE Cloud Framework & EOSC)
  • The wide scope and relevance of EO services for research

Draft Agenda

Please note: All times are in Lisbon Time All meetings will take place at the Europa Room of the Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon and can be accessed remotely. Minor changes may be implemented closer to the event.

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Event Details

Start date: 6 December 2022

End date: 7 December 2022

Start time: 09:00 WET

End time: 13:00 WET

Venue: Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Day 1 - 6 December 2022

Message from the European Commission
Stephan Siemen
European Commission - DG CONNECT – Communication Networks, Content and Technology
Policy Officer

OCRE Results and Legacy
David Heyns,
OCRE Project Director

Working with the Community: Foundations of the Digital Research Services Single Market
Rob Carrillo
OCRE Communication and Dissemination Lead

EO Community Engagement
Antonio Romeo,

Services for the EOSC Core: Test Suite
Joao Fernandes,

Business Models, Funding and Procurement Mechanisms
Monique Pellinkhof,


I. Introduction

II. Cloud Adoption Stories

Housing quests and Online User Search Evidence (HOUSE),
Joep Steegmans,

Leiden University

The Virtual Aorta project
Niamh Hynes,
National University of Ireland, Galway

Exploring new high potential 2D materials,
Stefano Angioni,
University of Bath

StreamAir (Air pollution app) project
Andy Donald,
National University of Ireland, Galway

Rafael Arais,

COFFEE BREAK (15 mins)

Using Google Cloud AI and machine learning services to make sense of social sciences and humanities big data in the iCANDID research infrastructure project
Roxanne Wyns,
KULeuven - LIBIS Innovation Manager

Analysis of Liquid Biopsies for real-time cancer detection and tumor monitoring
Joe Ibrahim,
University of Antwerp Bioinformatics PhD Fellow

Towards a Dutch Comprehensive Childhood Cancer Commons (NL-4C)
Paul van Dijk,
Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

Predictive Algorithms for Detection of Intimate Partner Violence in the Healthcare System
Ricardo Dinis, Teresa Magalhães, Tiago Taveira-Gomes

III. Panel Discussion

Our local guide will take us to a stroll towards the Lisbon Christmas Market. Light refreshments will be provided
The Cocktail Dinner will be served at the Grill D. Fernando Restaurant in the Altis Grand Hotel.

Day 2 - 7 December 2022

I. Introduction

II. EO Adoption Stories

Quantifying war damage in Ukraine based on EO data in support of European EO4UA initiative
Hanna Yailymova,
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences

Assessment of coastline change over the last 38 years using satellite EO along Great Britain coast
Joana Gafeira, British Geological Survey &
Martin Jones, ARGANS Ltfd. 

NuraghEO - A methodology based on aerial and satellite data for the preliminary study of Sardinian Nuragic sites
Roberto Demontis,
CRS4 - Geographic Information Systems Research Program Expert Technologist

Sentinel-2 Semantic Data & Information Cube Austria
Martin Sudmanns,
University of Salzburg - Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS

III. Panel Session

I. Panel Session: Commercial cloud services in research and in the European Open Science Cloud, OCREs legacy, and the perspectives for the future. 

Harald Wagener,

Monique Pellinkhof,
OCRE, EOSC-Future & GÉANT 5 Cloud services - procurement specialist

Michel Wets,

David Heyns,
OCRE Project Director

Jakob Tendel,

II. Closing Remarks

David Heyns,
OCRE Project Director

Light Farewell Lunch