Contact persons

Nicola Fiore

LifeWatch ERIC


Zhiming Zhao

University of Amsterdam



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 to Lecce at the Foro Boario/City Terminal.
  • By Air-Shuttle: Shuttle service specialised in transporting passengers to and from Brindisi Airport and their Hotels with rates of 20 euros. You can book your transportation online at


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 to check the time schedule).

Speakers & presentations 2

Internal Joint Initiative 2

Rationale for the Internal Joint Initiative

The warnings of 15,000 scientists, of the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) and now of the UN Global Assessment Study clearly demonstrate that humanity is bringing our life support system, the biosphere, to the point of collapse. The effort to counteract this current loss of biodiversity requires concrete actions at all levels. For science, it means improving our current level of knowledge, to move beyond the present fragmentation of science, and to foster greater complementarity and synergy between disciplines, by developing new inter-disciplinary paradigms and starting to build synthetic knowledge, so as to boost innovation and involve more young scientists and civil society.

LifeWatch ERIC is Europe’s first line of response to this emergency, applying and advancing ICT technologies, web networks, interconnecting scientific communities and research centres internationally into its web-based research infrastructure.


The Internal Joint and Collaborative Initiative (IJI) has been created in order to:

  1. Boost the integration of tools and services into the LifeWatch ERIC web portal
  2. Focus on a major scientific issue in biodiversity and ecosystem research with relevant socio-economic implications in different fields;
  3. Produce new and synthetic knowledge that is needed by institutions, administrations and managers to give solutions to major environmental problems at different scales;
  4. Involve the LifeWatch ERIC National scientific communities, key international research groups and other European research Infrastructures with related interests and running activities; and,
  5. Make this effort an example of the functioning of the LifeWatch ERIC e-Infrastructure through its dissemination and outreach activities.

The topic of non-indigenous and invasive species (NIS) has been chosen as the first demonstration case of the functioning of the LifeWatch ERIC e-Infrastructure. The development of virtual research environments within the e-Infrastructure will help address some of the main issues on NIS in the field of ecosystem and habitat type vulnerability and in the context of climate change as well as help highlight societal needs and potential solutions to be tested.

ENVRIplus LifeWatch International Summer School

International Summer School “Data Management in Environmental & Earth Science Infrastructures: Theory & Practice”

Lecce, 9 – 13 July 2018

In recent years, one of the major challenges in the Environmental and Earth Science has been managing and searching ever larger volumes of data, collected across multiple disciplines. The ENVRIplus project investigated a collection of more than 20 representative environmental research infrastructures (RIs) from different areas. By examining these research infrastructures and their characteristics, a common data lifecycle was identified. The data lifecycle is structured in five phases: Data Acquisition, Data Curation, Data Publishing, Data Processing and Data Use. Many different standards, approaches, and tools have been developed to support the Data Lifecycle. In particular, modern semantic technologies provide a promising way to properly describe and interrelate different data sources in ways that reduce barriers to data discovery, integration, and exchange among biodiversity and ecosystem resources and researchers.

The course is built as a five-day summer school providing a unique insight into the contemporary debate on Data Management in the environmental and earth sciences. Leading scientists and experienced technical specialists will address this topic from different angles, attempting to gather what we consider the most interesting perspectives of our time. We offer a cutting edge and high-quality programme, aimed at fostering a rich and lively intellectual exchange.


Early bird registration will close on 15 June 2018. Afterwards, it will still be possible to register, but participants will have to fully cover their own costs.

The International Summer School on “Data Management in Environmental and Earth Science Infrastructures: theory and practice” is organised by the ENVRIplus project in collaboration with the LifeWatch e-Infrastructure.

The school is mainly addressed at staff working in relevant international research infrastructures. The school is also open to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Master’s students about to start a doctorate will also be accepted. (max 20 participants).

Participation is free of charge.

Communication materials

This magazine recounts in accessible, non-scientific terms how five validation cases contributed to the development of Tesseract, a more potent web-based virtual laboratory than has been available to date. The free availability of these technologies and e-Tools to audiences beyond the biodiversity and ecosystem scientific community will greatly enhance our capacity to make informed decisions about how to achieve sustainable development in our time.


Nicola Fiore | LifeWatch ERIC | nicola.fiore(at)

Lucia Vaira | LifeWatch ERIC | lucia.vaira(at)

Zhiming Zhao | University of Amsterdam | z.zhao(at)