Recent Activity: EOSC Researcher Engagement and Use cases

Bernd Saurugger's picture
21 Jan 2021

Extention: Exploration Series with SciFi-Autors having a Stong Academic Background

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Dear IG Members,

In the our interview series we have seen, that more established researchers were also more critical of the directions of their own discipline, pointing out things their discipline would need, even if it was not mainstream or popular. This is why - towards the later phases of our Exploration Series - we thought it would be good to strengthen that perspective. We decided to extend the interview series by interviewing Sience Ficton autors, but those with a strong academic background, who are able to understand the needs of their discipine, which allows them to take a wider perspective because they are not dependent on their next project grant.

This extention is conducted by some colleagues of mine who just published their first interview with Computer Scientist and Science Fiction author Cory Doctorow. Check it out here: 
Liaison Platform:

Best wishes
Bernd Saurugger

Bernd Saurugger's picture
21 Dec 2020

Report on “Visions, requirements and needs for Future Research Environments: An Exploration Series with Researchers” published

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Dear IG Members,

As you know we were doing a series of interviews with top-level researchers such as members from the Marie Curie Alumni Association, ERC grantees and Nobel Laureates covering four domains (Engineering and Technical Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities). The aim was to:

  • explore the perspectives of excellent researchers who have a vision for and are interested in shaping the future of (European) research infrastructures for their domain
  • identify current barriers and services considered essential for a well-functioning EOSC 
  • obtain a better understanding on how research is changing
  • elaborate visions on how research will be conducted in 5 to 15 years and what the effect and impact on research infrastructures will be
  • provide these as seeds for public comments to involve a large stakeholder community, thus ensuring many voices are being heard and that findings are considered in EOSC implementation processes

We are now pleased to share with you the link to the final Report on “Visions, requirements and needs for Future Research Environments: An Exploration Series with Researchers”: For Key Takeaway Messages, please see:

If you follow the discussions on the Liaison Platform you might have seen Katharina’s posting concerning the report or also the posting on the list of all interviews.

Katharina Flicker's picture
22 Sep 2020

Services To Perform Cutting-Edge Research In Europe

  • By Katharina Flicker

The EOSC initiative aims at supporting more than 1.7 million researchers and boosting interdisciplinary research in Europe. To understand better what the research community needs, the EOSCSecretariat partner TUWien is organizing a series of workshops and an exploration series. The objective is to collect visions, needs and requirements for (future) research environments as well as services that support cutting-edge research. Attached to this post is an interim list of a collection of services.

Bernd Saurugger's picture
22 Jul 2020

Open Consultation on the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

  • By Bernd Saurugger

I'm sure if you have already seen it on the homepage, but I also want to encourage you to respond to the  Open Consultation on the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) which was recently launched by the EOSC Executive Board. The SRIA provides general guidelines to help develop the work programmes for EOSC in Horizon Europe. 

The consultation takes the form of an online questionnaire where you can give your views on topics such as EOSC’s guiding principles, action areas and priorities and will be open until 31 August 2020. It includes information relating to rewarding Open Science practices and skills; standards, tools and services to find, access and reuse results; and shared and federated infrastructures to enable open sharing of scientific results. Before completing the consultation questionnaire, respondents are advised to first read the SRIA consultation document, which sets out a general framework and provides key information. The questionnaire refers...

Bernd Saurugger's picture
10 Jul 2020

Next Steps: Collection of EOSC Use Cases and EOSC in Practice Stories

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Coming back to the previous mentioned initiative I would do it the other way round. I would draft the document with the list of the EOSC use cases and EOSC in practice stories at first and then present some of them in an online event in early September. So there is more time for the EOSC Governance to work with it.

For that reason I created a very short questionnaire including the topics mentioned in my previous posting. It’s results will be summarized and fed into EOSC governance bodies: Please, do answer this questionnaire, so that your work and experiences will have impact on the definition of the EOSC!

In addition to that list (as mentioned) I would like to discuss some EOSC use cases and EOSC in practice stories in an online meeting in early September. Please express your interest and availability to that event by filling...

Bernd Saurugger's picture
19 May 2020

Role of University Networks in the EOSC Building Process

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Dear Members of this Interest Group,

In the EOSC building process TU Wien invited university networks, who have only been involved indirectly in the co-creation of the EOSC so far, as researcher’s representatives to a physical workshop that took place in Brussels before the current pandemic broke out. At this event 35 members of relevant university networks as well as experts in open science voiced the needs of researchers and research institutions with a focus on research infrastructures, policies and services. Please find the full report of this workshop here:

Since research is happening at universities and most research data is stored there, university networks are highly important stakeholders in EOSC development. One of the main aspects that were discussed was how to better involve them in the co-creation process. What do you think about that? What do you think about the other findings of this workshop?


Bernd Saurugger's picture
14 May 2020

Pandemic impact of existing international collaboration

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Dear members of this Interest Group, 

Yesterday Katharina Flicker (a colleague of mine) published an interview with Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank (see In this interview he stated that the “us against them” mentality might defeat existing international cooperation. What do you think about that?

Best regards 

Bernd Saurugger 

Bernd Saurugger's picture
06 Apr 2020

Concrete services for current and future research environments

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Dear members of this Interest Group!

As you know from my previous posting, in order to initiate a discussion in the current EOSC development process TU Wien organised a workshop in Feldkirch, Austria, on 13 January 2020: “Co-creating the EOSC: Needs and requirements for future research environments”. There visions on how research will be conducted in 5 to 15 years and its effect and impact on research infrastructures as well as concrete services were elaborated (full report:

Using these findings as a starting point, I would like to collect further services that you want to use in both current and future research environments. Please add more services to the list by answering this questionnaire:

Best regards

Bernd Saurugger...

Bernd Saurugger's picture
05 Mar 2020

EOSC Workshop Report - Future Research Environment

  • By Bernd Saurugger

Dear members of this Interest Group!

The change in research environments is accelerating over time. Now, Europe’s research communities are facing the next novelty: The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) to connect researchers from multiple disciplines and foster research in Europe. Its community driven building process, targets researchers as ultimate target group. This Interest Group (IG) on Researcher Engagement and Use Cases was built to ensure that the EOSC meets the requirements and expectations of researchers.

TU Wien organised the workshop “Co-creating the EOSC: Needs and requirements for future research environments”, where top-level researchers from natural and technical sciences participated. They identified concrete services, needs, requirements and visions for an ideal future research environment crucial for the implementation of the EOSC. The discussion included the following topics and an elaboration of concrete services related to these subjects:

  • Impact of Research in Society
  • Communication and Language Barriers
  • Re-definition of the
  • ...

Leonardo Marino's picture
28 Jan 2020

Welcome to the EOSC Researcher engagement and use cases Interest Group

  • By Leonardo Marino

Welcome to the EOSC Researcher engagement and use cases Interest Group.

We invite all the EOSC community to discuss this horizontal topic, collaborate and share information about their initiatives.

The Interest Groups are open to all members of EOSC-related projects, no limit in the number of participants from a single project is envisaged.