ENVRI Community International Summer School 2022

Summer School 2022

The ENVRI Community International Summer School, now at its fifth edition, is organised by ENVRI-FAIR and LifeWatch ERIC and will take place in Lecce, Italy, from 10–15 July. This edition’s title is “Road to a FAIR ENVRI-Hub: Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users”, and it will cover topics such as user interfaces, packaging of services, reusability and validation of services, and building and supporting networks through the lens of the ENVRI-Hub approach. 

This School is therefore mainly aimed at IT architects, Research Infrastructure (RI) service developers and user support staff, and RI staff working on user interaction and community/network building.

The Summer School will welcome participants on the afternoon of Sunday 10 July 2022 with an opening event, while the actual School programme will last from Monday to Friday afternoon, closing with a certificate ceremony. Two online webinars are also planned to take place in the third and fourth week of June on specific use cases, in preparation for the School or to attend as stand-alone sessions.

The outline of the School programme is as follows:

  1. Introducing the ENVRI-Hub (concept and architecture)
  2. Learning to know your end users and their expectations: requirements elicitation
  3. Create high quality documentation and usage examples to support service end users
  4. Developing Services and Fostering Reusability/Interoperability among them
  5. Validating and evaluating your services
  6. Participants’ Presentations, School Evaluation and Certificates

Successful applicants to ENVRI Community International Summer School 2022 will be offered full board in the beautiful baroque city of Lecce in Southern Italy, and will be invited to “extracurricular” activities such as restaurant dinners and excursions in the surrounding area. 

Interested persons are invited to apply by 30 May by filling in the sign-up form here.

You can access the dedicated minisite with more detailed information on the School here.

Towards the ENVRI Community International Summer School: Webinars on Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users

End User Webinar

In the run-up to the ENVRI Community International Summer School in July, LifeWatch ERIC and ENVRI-FAIR will be organising two webinars on “Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users”. Participation in the webinars can be in preparation for the School or as stand-alone sessions, for those who cannot attend the School, or those who are still considering registering. For more information on the ENVRI Community International Summer School “Road to a FAIR ENVRI-Hub: Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users”, please visit the dedicated minisite.

The webinars are particularly aimed at IT architects, Research Infrastructure (RI) service developers and user support staff, and RI staff working on user interaction and community/network building. Links to the sessions will be provided upon registration.

Webinar #1: Service validation & evaluation: making sure your services are up to the task

Friday 17 June, 10:00-11:30 CEST

Zoom (link to be provided upon registration)


  • Validating services & assessing their TRL – Mark van de Sanden (SURF)
  • Service evaluation: why & how – Yin Chen (EGI)
  • Evaluating ENVRI services: experiences from the ENVRIplus – Maggie Hellström (ICOS)
  • Q&A and general discussion – plenary

Webinar #2: Service documentation & tutorials: rolling out the red carpet for end users

Thursday 23 June, 10:00-11:30 CEST

Zoom (link to be provided upon registration)


  • Writing effective service documentation for EUDAT services – Rob Carillo (EUDAT)
  • Service tutorial design: experiences from EOSC Synergy – Helen Clare (JISC)
  • Using Jupyter Notebooks to introduce services to “new” end users – ENVRI-FAIR expert (TBA)
  • Q&A and general discussion – plenary

You can sign up for one or both webinars using the form linked below:

Click here to access the form.

Assemble Plus Conference 2022 – Marine biological research at the frontier

Assemble Plus Conference

Online, 13–24 June 2022.

Participate in the “Assemble Plus Conference 2022 – Marine biological research at the frontier” which will take place online between 13 and 24 June 2022. The conference is organised by the Assemble Plus project partnered by a network of marine stations and institutes led by EMBRC ERIC – the European Marine Biological Resource Centre

The conference will include keynote speakers, invited lectures by Assemble Plus users, match making with industry, service/technology demonstrations and workshops.  

We strongly encourage you to follow the event and please feel free to spread the word among your circles. This is an opportunity for researchers, academia, industry and policymakers, to be connected and share experiences, knowledge and a chance to establish partnerships. 

“ASSEMBLE 2022 – Marine biological research at the frontier” will showcase recent developments in marine biology and ecology; state-of-the-art technologies available at marine stations and institutes; how to access biological resources and marine research infrastructure; how to improve services provided by marine stations; knowledge transfer to industry, and sustainability of research infrastructures.  

SOS Proteus 2022

SOS Proteus 2022

Trieste, Italy, 21–22 May 2022.

The 4thSOS Proteus” international meeting is dedicated to the conservation of the olm and its habitat, faced with climate challenges, and the 260th anniversary of the first scientific description of Proteus anguinus by Joannes Antonius Scopoli.
Experts on olms, speleobiology, karstology, water quality, herpetology, conservation and public outreach are invited to give a short lecture or poster to present their experiences, methods and solutions, and/or to participate in the discussion within topics of the two-day meeting:

  • Conservation status of olms and subterranean fauna, groundwater and karst
  • New methods and conservation actions, best practice and public outreach
  • Climate change challenges in groundwater ecosystems
  • Negative anthropogenic pressures in karst landscape, emergency responses, action plans
  • Veterinary challenges in conservation of Proteus

The meeting opens on 20 May 2022 and will continue for two more days, organised in partnership with the Speleovivarium Trieste, Speleological Society Adriatic, Natural History Museum Trieste, Municipality of Trieste, and Tular Cave Laboratory (LifeWatch Slovenia), under the patronage of the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition, European Commission, Italian Speleological Society, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Regional Speleological Federation F.V.G., and Supported by CRTrieste Fundation.

Registration for SOS Proteus 2022 closed on 30 April 2022 but you can follow the Conference online:

21 May 2022 – watch the streaming

22 May 2022 round table ‘E-Science and open science to address challenges in conservation of Proteus‘ – watch the streaming

You can view the full programme below:

Green Week 2022

Green Week 2022

Hybrid: Brussels + online, 30 May – 5 June 2022.

EU Green Week is an annual opportunity to debate European environmental policy with policymakers, leading environmentalists and stakeholders from Europe and beyond. This year’s edition focuses on the European Green Deal – the EU’s sustainable and transformative growth strategy for a resource-efficient and climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

EU Green Week 2022 will take place from 30 May to 5 June 2022. The main hybrid event on 31 May puts three important aspects of the transformation in the spotlight – circular economy, zero pollution, and biodiversity. Throughout the week, partner events will be taking place across Europe and beyond.

Green Week 2022 Session 3 – Biodiversity – Nature Restoration Targets

The Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 recognises that to halt climate change and to build a world resilient and fit for the future, it is essential that our living world is protected and restored. A key element of this plan is the proposal for an EU nature restoration law – setting for the first time a legal framework to restore degraded ecosystems across the whole EU and across all key ecosystems on land and at sea.

The session will explore the multiple benefits we gain from healthy ecosystems, and will look at how they can be realised through restoration actions. The main questions to the panellist will be: Can we afford not to take urgent action now at the national and international level? What is the cost of action versus cost of non-action? What are the sources of funding available?

  • biodiversity
  • 31 May 2022, 12:00 CEST – 31 May 2022, 13:00 CEST
  • Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Live streaming available

NEOBIOTA 12th International Conference on Biological Invasions


Tartu, Estonia, 12–16 September 2022.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Biological Invasions in a Changing World”. Biological Invasions are one of the main direct drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide. They pose rapidly growing threat to biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development and human well-being. The challenge of halting biodiversity loss and facing this problem is more and more critical under the circumstances of climate change and it is more than appropriate to discuss these topics together again in the course of another NEOBIOTA conference.

The main organiser of the NEOBIOTA conference is Estonian Naturalists’ Society that was founded in 1853 and is associating scientists, researchers and nature enthusiasts from various fields: botany, ornithology, entomology, forestry, anthropology, theriology, malacology, ecology, geology, mycology, nature education, citizen science, etc. The main purpose of the ENS is to integrate professional and amateur scientists, and people interested in nature, with the purpose to facilitate exploration of Estonian nature, promoting nature protection and education in Estonia, and popularising results of scientific research. The ENS’s network of trustees all over Estonia allows conducting observations and the application of collected data in scientific research. The Society’s primary work formats are organising scientific studies, conferences, seminars and discussions, tours and nature observations, and carrying out projects for studying nature and on environmental education. The Society publishes both scientific and popular science books, as well as periodical publications, one of the purposes of which is to develop Estonian-language terminology. ENS’s headquarters is situated in Tartu.

Tartu is a city with around 100,000 inhabitants and  known as a student city which means a lot of young and sophisticated people working and enjoying life here. Tartu lies on the shores of the beautiful River Emajõgi. There are a plenty of accommodation options with reasonable prices in the city not to mention various opportunites for leisure time in and around Tartu. All kind of useful information about Tartu and Tartu County is available on the official tourism site Visit Tartu.

Contact: neobiota[@]elus.ee

World Biodiversity Forum

World Biodiversity Forum

Davos Con­gress Cen­tre, Switzer­land. 26 June – 1 July 2022.

Un­der the theme In­spi­ra­tion for Ac­tion, the sec­ond World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring to­geth­er re­searchers across all dis­ci­plines of bio­di­ver­si­ty sci­ence with prac­ti­tion­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors in a fo­rum that of­fers in­spi­ra­tion and ex­am­ples for ac­tions and so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty, and set us on a path to­wards trans­for­ma­tion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum 2022 is or­gan­ised as a hy­brid event, with the in-per­son meet­ing tak­ing place at Davos Con­gress Cen­tre, Switzer­land.

The World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum val­ues the di­ver­si­ty of views, opin­ions and ex­per­tise re­flect­ed with­in the par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing. Read our de­tailed Code of Con­duct here.

Down­load the con­fer­ence an­nounce­ment here.

ICOS Science Conference 2022

ICOS Science Conferece 2022

Hybrid: Utrecht & online, 13–15 September 2022.

The 5th ICOS Science Conference will be organised in Utrecht (TivoliVredenburg event venue) and online around the world. The conference will run from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 September, 2022. The overall, overarching theme of the conference is “Tracking progress to carbon neutrality”.

The abstract submission for the Science Conference is open until 11am CEST 11 April, 2022

Click here to submit your abstract.

Important dates

07.02.2022 – Abstract submission opens
11.04.2022 – Abstract submission closes at 11.00 am CEST 
05.2022 – Registration opens
13-15.09.2022 – ICOS Science Conference 


EOSC Future Provider Days

EOSC Future Provider Days

Are you looking to provide services or resources through EOSC? Or are you already doing so, but could you use a refresher on the ins and outs of EOSC for providers? Then the EOSC Future Core and Marketplace Provider Days is just the event for you.

The EOSC Future Provider Days will offer a crash course on what can be made available through the EOSC portal and marketplace and how this can be done. Above all, it will showcase how you can benefit from onboarding your research resources, tools and services. Our experts will present which tools and support for providers are already available and what features will be launched in the coming months.

On 26 April, we’ll provide an overview of the different elements of the EOSC Platform that are useful for providers. On 27 and 28 April, we’re organising more specific sessions for different providers as well as a training session on how to onboard your research resources into EOSC.

For this three-day online event, you can pick and choose the sessions that best fit your needs. Below you can consult the full programme for the event and register for your preferred sessions.

GBIF community webinar: Diversifying the GBIF data model

GGBIF Community Webinar

Online, 12 April 2022 14:00 – 15:30 CEST.

Darwin Core—the most commonly used data standard in the GBIF community—has provided a simple and effective framework for supporting the growth of species occurrence data available from the GBIF network. But this simplicity of this standard, established and maintained by Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), has come with significant limitations when it comes to shaping data from diverse sources.

At both the Global Nodes Meeting and the 28th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board in 2021, GBIF head of informatics Tim Robertson and long-time collaborator John Wieczorek detailed initial case studies highlighting these limitations while outlining possible approaches for supporting richer, more complex types of biodiversity data.

In this community webinar, John and Tim will offer an update on their case studies and present current ideas for a unified common model capable of supporting expanded data-publishing capabilities, as well as potential directions for evolving the Darwin Core standard.

The webinar will start with a prerecorded 15-minute presentation on the emerging data model followed by an open question-and-answer session.

This webinar will interest numerous communities and networks comprising biodiversity data publishers, users and stakeholders, and initiate an ongoing discussion about extending Darwin Core’s capabilities while supporting existing activities and models.

Register here.