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28 October 2011
Sara Coelho

Community Forum 2012 - the call for abstracts is open

Community Forum poster

The countdown for the first EGI Community Forum has started and the call for participation is now open.

The event will take place at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Munich, Germany between 26-30 March 2012. The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with the Munich Network Management, a consortium of four German research institutions, and will be held in conjunction with the second EMI Technical Conference.

The forum will highlight the services, technologies and tools available to scientific communities to better support their research.

The organisers invite all members of the community to submit abstracts for presentations, demonstrations, posters and workshops. The deadline for submissions is 2 December, 2011.

The programme committee, chaired by Steve Brewer EGI.eu’s Chief Community Officer, welcomes abstracts in the following areas:

  • Users and communities, their requirements and achievements. Submissions that address the sustainability of different models for the structure of user communities whether large, small, diverse or specialised, will be particularly welcome.

  • Software services for users and communities.

  • Middleware services.

  • Operational services and infrastructure.

  • Coordination and Communication.

The Community Forum will take place in the facilities of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) and at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) building, famous for its indoor slides.

Sadly, the Forum will miss the Oktoberfest, but will coincide with the ‘strong beer season’. The tradition of brewing strong beer dates from the Middle Ages, when the local monasteries brew nutritious beers in late winter, so that they could survive Lent with no ill effects. The enjoyment of strong beer was not regarded as a sin: “Liquid nourishment doesn’t break your fast”. The tradition of strong beer lives on to this day.