Please have a look at the School Session planning updated to September 18.


From Brindisi Airport:

Approximate distance: 50 km

By Bus: Take bus COTRAP (the bus stop is on the right of arrival area). The bus takes about 40 minutes and it stops at Lecce at the Foro Boario/City Terminal.

By Air-Shuttle: Shuttle service specialised in transporting passengers to and from Brindisi Airport and their hotels. You can book your transportation online at airshuttle.

From Bari Airport:

Approximate distance: 150 km

You should take the train from the airport to the central train station and then take the train to Lecce (please visit Trenitalia to check the time schedule).


Update 20 September: Change of location

The Semantic Academy – Intensive School 2023 will take place at Officine Cantelmo, in Viale Michele de Pietro 8/a, Lecce.

The new premises are at a 10-minute walking distance from the location previously communicated. 

Semantic Academy | Intensive School 2023

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Interested persons are invited to apply by 30 July by filling in the sign-up form here

When and where

25 – 29 September 2023, Lecce, Italy

Target audience

The School is mainly aimed at IT architects, Research Infrastructure (RI) service developers and user support staff, and RI staff.

Learning objectives

  • Compare the most important approaches to
    Semantic Web and Ontology Engineering, presenting their main characteristics
  • Discuss the main steps of the design and
    development of ontologies and semantic artifacts repositories
  • Examine the most critical elements and
    tools for designing thesauri
  • Demonstrate how to annotate and query your
    data in a Virtual Research Environment
  • Create your Virtual Research Environment,
    using tools such as NaaVRE

Programme Overview

  • Day 1 – Welcome
  • Day 2 – Semantic Web and Ontology Engineering (Theory and Practice)
  • Day 3 – Design Thesauri and Annotate your data (Theory and Practice)
  • Day 4 – AI and Ontologies
  • Day 5 – Closing


  • Nicola Fiore, LifeWatch ERIC
  • Armando Stellato, Tor Vergata University of Rome
  • Manuel Fiorelli, Tor Vergata University of Rome
  • Naouel Karam, InfAI, Leipzig University
  • Zhiming Zhao, University of Amsterdam
  • Yifang Shi, University of Amsterdam
  • Gabriel Pelouze, LifeWatch ERIC
  • Clement Jonquet, INRAE (MISTEA), University of Montpellier (LIRMM)
  • Joaquín López Lérida, LifeWatch ERIC
  • Mark Musen, Stanford University (TBC)


EXTENDED DEADLINE – Interested persons are invited to apply by 30 July by filling in the sign-up form here.

Participation is free, but registration is compulsory. Three grants are made available by LifeWatch ERIC  to support applicants younger than 30 years. Successful candidates will be offered accommodation for the whole duration of the intensive school on the basis of their motivation letter and their curricula, while travel must be self-funded. LifeWatch ERIC is an equal opportunity organisation, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. 

What to expect

You can find information about other Summer Schools on Data FAIRness previously organised by LifeWatch ERIC and the ENVRI Community on our Training & Education page.

Abstract Book & Presentations

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Click on each Session Topics to see the associated presentations. Please note that we have published only those presentations we have received the authorisation for.

On the right side you will instead find our abstract book.

Do resident Lesser Kestrels forage over larger areas than migratory individuals during the non-breeding season Presenter: Javier Bustamante, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download

Fine scale positioning and space use behaviour of the invasive species Callinectes sapidus in the Aquatina lagoon (SE Italy) Presenter: Vanessa Marrocco, LifeWatch ERIC | Download

Movement strategies of lesser and common kestrels across the annual cyclePresenter: Daniel García-Silveira, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download 

Radar Aeroecology in the cloud, lowering the barrier to collaboration Presenter: Berend-Christiaan Wijers, University of Amsterdam | Download

 Environmental and Biodiversity Climate Change Lab (EnBiC2-Lab) Presenter: María Luisa Antequera Gómez, University of Málaga | Download

The ITINERIS project e-services for deepening current understanding on biodiversity and ecosystem responses to climate changes Presenter: Alberto Basset, University of Salento/LifeWatch ERIC | Download

Toward the adaptive co-management of Andalusian ecosystems: linking historical information with innovative science-policy processes at the Doñana National Park Presenter: Luis Santamaria, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download

Tracking livestock movements to aid in the environmental management of the territory. Case studies from SUMHAL Project in Andalusia (Spain) | Presenter:  Antonio J. Pérez-Luque, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC-EEZ | Download

Upscaling phenology, water and CO2 fluxes with remote sensing for the validation of Earth Observation products Presenter: Ricardo Díaz-Delgado, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download

Wind Energy and Bats: A Match Made in Hell Presenter: Sonia Sánchez-Navarro, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download

Bio-Oracle Version 3: Enhancing High-Resolution Marine Datasets for Ecological Modelling and Climate Change Predictions | Presenter: Salvador Fernández Bejarano, Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ | Download

Building up collective knowledge through semantics | Presenter: Martina Pulieri, University of Salento | Download

Camera trapping, artificial intelligence, citizen science, and hierarchical models for biodiversity monitoring: a promising journey | Presenter: Simone Santoro, University of Huelva | Download

Challenges and preliminary results in building virtual laboratories to monitor Proteus anguinus and its karst groundwater habitat | Presenter: Gregor Aljančič, Institute Tular Cave Laboratory | Download

Data mobilisation in the COST Action ParAqua | Presenter: Andrea Tarallo, National Research Council of Italy, CNR | Download

EOSC, FAIR data, Open science: what, why, how | Presenter: Katrina Exter, Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ | Download

Essential Ecosystem Service Variables and Models in Mountain Areas: A case study in Sierra Nevada (Spain) | Presenter: Javier Martínez-López, Andalusian Inter-University Institute for Earth System Research, IISTA-CEAMA | Download

Functional Traits Thesauri: sharing and reusing knowledge through semantic resources | Presenter: Jessica Titocci, National Research Council of Italy, CNR | Download

How Belgian fish tracking research benefits from the LifeWatch Virtual Research Environment of ETN | Presenter: Jan Reubens, Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ | Download

Long-term ecological research on marine hard-bottom communities using a network of genetic observatories, and introduction to the new LifeWatch workflow for data analysis | Presenter: Justine Pagnier, LifeWatch ERIC/University of Gothenburg | Download

MBON Europe: Marine Biodiversity Monitoring for Europe | Presenter: Juan J. Vergara, University of Cadiz | Download

Remote nevadensis: a tool for monitoring changes in Essential Biodiversity Variables in mountain ecosystems by means of remote sensing | Presenter: Javier Martínez-López, Andalusian Inter-University Institute for Earth System Research, IISTA-CEAMA | Download

The European Open Science Cloud as a Service | Presenter: Ron Dekker, Technopolis Group | Download

The European Research Infrastructure LifeWatch ERIC and its support to the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Community | Presenter: Christos Arvanitidis, LifeWatch ERIC | Download

Towards a network of Operational Marine Biology: the ANERIS project | Presenter: Jaume Piera, Institut de Ciències del Mar, ICM-CSIC | Download



A review of volunteered geographic information projects for ecosystem and habitat mapping | Presenter: Joaquín Osorio Arjona, University of Seville | Download 

Affinity factors and adjustment parameters for the economic valuation of vineyard ecosystems by benefit transfer | Presenter: Fernando Rodriguez, University of Salamanca | Download

AI applications developed in the context of Smart EcoMountains | Presenter: Rohaifa Khaldi, LifeWatch ERIC | Download

An approach of application of unmanned and remote-controlled multi-sensor platforms together with space-based assets in the Spanish and Bulgarian Antarctica bases for ecosystem and habitat monitoring and mapping | Presenter: Miroslav Tsvetkov, Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy | Download

Biodiversity monitoring through ecological interaction networks: plant canopy-recruit and plant-mycorrhizal fungi interactions in the Andalusian Red Natura 2000 | Presenter: Jorge Prieto-Rubio, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC-EEZ | Download

Herb stratum biomass estimation through ultra-high resolution UAS remote sensing | Presenter: Manuel de Figueiredo Meyer, University of Porto | Download

Pan-European data prism for ecopatch mapping | Presenter: Julien Radoux, Université catholique de Louvain | Download

An integrative overview of wildlife damage in a human-dominated world Presenter: Miguel De Gabriel Hernando, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download

The LifeWatch Species Information Backbone: an update and perspectives | Presenter: Stefanie Dekeyzer, Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ | Download

Towards digital twin oriented Virtual Research Environments Presenter: Peter van Tienderen, University of Amsterdam/LifeWatch ERIC | Download


A cross-domain VRE to accelerate research on Non-Indigenous Invasive Species (NIS) Presenter: Christos Arvanitidis, LifeWatch ERIC | Download

Communicating LifeWatch ERIC’s online services and tools to non-scientific audiences through a narrative communication strategy Presenter:  Julian Kenny, LifeWatch ERIC | Download

Designing a Biodiversity-Aware Vegetation Monitoring System for Post-Fire Recovery Transition in the Alta Murgia National Park Presenter:  Emanuele Costanzo, LifeWatch ERIC/National Research Council of Italy, CNR | Download

eScience solutions to address the known unknowns of invasion biology Presenter: Cristina Di Muri, National Research Council of Italy, CNR | Download

Improving biodiversity conservation: the role of the sRedList platform in streamlining and standardising Red List assessments Presenter:  Francesco De Leo, National Research Council of Italy, CNR | Download

Leveraging Digital Technology and Analytics for Sustainable Management of Regions in National Parks: The Case of Smart Poqueira Presenter: Julian Ignacio Urriza, University of Granada | Download

LifeWatch ERIC’s Biotope vulnerability workflow – CIMPAL (Cumulative IMPacts of invasive ALien species) version Presenter: Daniel Crespo, LifeWatch ERIC/University of Aveiro | Download

Nyctalus lasiopterus populations’ trends in Southern Europe: The Bermuda Triangle Presenter: Elena Tena López, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC | Download

The MARBEFES Project: MARine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning leading to Ecosystem Services Presenter: Barbara Górska, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences | Download

The role of renewable energy based power systems in the monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystems | Presenter: Diego Tejada, National Institute of Aerospace Technology, INTA | Download


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Venue & logistics

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Conference Venue

The address where the Conference will be held is the following:
Paraninfo Room – Universidad de Sevilla
Edificio Rectorado de la Universidad de Sevilla
Calle San Fernando 4,
E-41004, Seville (Spain)

Social events

16:00 Guided tour to the Rectorado (Univ. Seville) building
Max. 30 participants per group, registration available at the conference venue.
20:00 Guided tour to the Alcázar Gardens
Distance approximately from the venue: 750 m.
21:30 Welcome Cocktail
A welcome cocktail for all participants will be organized after the guided tour.

*Meeting point:

Patio de Banderas
Pl. del Patio de Banderas, 10-4
41004, Seville

Sevilla SVQ Airport – Venue

Rectorado – Universidad de Sevilla is 12 km from the airport, around 20 minutes by car (in case of traffic the taxi driver could choose another route).

Taxi Service: +34  954 62 22 22 , +34 645 23 01 97 , +34 954 58 00 00


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Please have a look at the provisional programme of the LifeWatch ERIC BEeS Conference. 

Latest update 23/05/2023


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