Research stories

Finding dark matter is like looking for a needle in a haystack

Dark matter may still be a mystery for human kind, but researchers are on a mission to shed light on the elusive topic

ServicesHigh-Throughput ComputeOnline Storage

Services offered by the EGI providers Nikhef, SURFSara, CCIN2P3, INFN-CNAF

OPENCoastS: how to forecast coastal dynamics worldwide

Scientists have developed a free, on-demand service to predict water conditions in support of coastal management and emergency

ServicesHigh-Throughput Compute, Cloud Compute

Services offered by the EGI providers INCD and CSIC

How pig genes are involved in coronavirus infections

Scientists showcase an animal model for defining genetic mechanisms associated with coronavirus resistance

ServicesHigh-Throughput ComputeOnline Storage, Cloud ComputeData Transfer

Services offered by the EGI provider RECAS-BARI

HADDOCK helps scientists to advance COVID-19 research

Research is ongoing (2020)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Services offered by 17 EGI computing providers via the HADDOCK portals

Creating a digital heart

Scientists have developed a framework to generate virtual ultrasound and magnetic resonance images using the VIP platform (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute, Online Storage

Computing services provided through the biomed virtual organisation

Classifying plants with deep learning

Scientists show how artificial intelligence can support plant identification and classification.(full story)

Services: Cloud Compute

Computing resources provided by the IFCA CSIC site, member of the EGI Federated Cloud

HADDOCK supports researchers to look at the evolution of brain tumours

The study was published in Nature Communications (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Computing resources provided by 7 EGI federated data centres via the HADDOCK portals

Satellite observations help to monitor air quality in China

Keeping track of pollution emissions in China sounds like a dire job, but a research team in Greece comes to the rescue with the help of satellite observations. (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Computing resources provided through HellasGrid

Studying the atmospheric composition in Bulgaria

A recent study gives an extensive overview of the atmospheric structure and air quality index in Bulgaria, showing that road traffic is one of the main factors of pollution. (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Computing resources provided through the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Clean methane from recycled carbon dioxide

A team from Italy is pioneering a way to produce high-quality, carbon-neutral methane gas using industrial waste carbon dioxide. (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Computing resources provided through the compchem virtual organisation

Self-fertilization can improve resilience to extinction

It may sound like a contradiction, but scientists have discovered that in some situations a shift to self-fertilizing reproduction does not spell doom for the long-term survival of plant species. (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Computing resources provided through the biomed virtual organisation

Old coal heaps can be valuable ecosystems

Industrial landscapes often leave a trail of ecological catastrophe on their wake, but a new study shows that old spoil heaps from coal mining can be paradise for natterjack toads. (full story)

Services: High-Throughput Compute

Computing resources provided through the biomed virtual organisation

Small settlements coalesce into larger cities

How the OpenMOLE platform and High-Throughput Compute helped to validate a long-held theory in geography

How to reduce flood risks in the Netherlands

High-Throughput Compute power can help to improve dyke stability and safety

Reducing the incidence of epilepsy

How High-Throughput Compute helps scientists to predict and counteract the development of epilepsy

What happens when molecules collide?

How High-Throughput Compute helps researchers to simulate chemical reactions.

How to predict social media trends?

Cloud Compute helps to test new ways to detect trends on social networks

CLIC and ILC: new windows into the subatomic world

High-Throughput Compute solutions for linear colliders

The genetics and diversity of mussels

PL-Grid computing resources help biologists to understand how mussel species survived the last glaciation

Does ice water change the optical properties of cirrus clouds?

High-Throughput Compute helps scientists to better understand the impact of cirrus clouds on climate

Only two pigments form the colours of bird eggs

How Metacentrum helped scientists to explain the diversity behind the colours of bird eggs

Belle II: Finding the balance between matter and antimatter

High-Throughput Compute and Storage solutions for Belle II’s computational challenges

A new method to image a molecule’s electrostatic forces

Czech physicists find a new way to picture electrostatic forces and learn more about chemical properties

When did whales and dolphins become adapted to life underwater?

How cetaceans evolved key genetic adaptations for their aquatic lifestyle after they separated from their close relatives, the hippos

Modelling bacterial iron piracy from plant proteins

The HADDOCK portal helps to show that bacteria have a special drawbridge to steal iron from plant proteins

H.E.S.S.: a window to the high energy universe

High-Throughput Compute services to unlock the puzzle of cosmic rays

CTA: the world’s leading gamma-ray observatory

High-Throughput Compute and Storage solutions for CTA’s computational challenges

What happened during the Amatrice earthquake?

How the VERCE platform helped seismologists to make sense of a natural catastrophe

New biomarkers for multiple sclerosis

How the VIP platform developed in France is helping scientists based in Sweden to research new ways to monitor the progress of multiple sclerosis.

The genetics of Salmonella infections

How Cloud Compute helped scientists to understand what happens during when a human cell meets Salmonella

New viruses implicated in fatal snake disease

How the Chipster platform helped virologists to make sense of millions of virus genomes

Cracking Goldbach’s Conjecture

How High-Throughput Compute helped mathematicians to tackle an old problem

Are comets born in asteroid collisions?

How High-Throughput Compute helped astronomers to find out where main-belt comets come from.

Designing better antibiotics

How High-Throughput Compute helped to develop antibiotics with less side effects but equally powerful against fungi

Modelling earthquakes in Thessaloniki

Predicting earthquakes is impossible, but High-Throughput Compute helps to anticipate their effects

Improving digital security with natural selection

How scientists from the Czech Republic trialed new cryptanalysis methods with inspiration from the theory of evolution and the help of High-Throughput Compute

Does combat stress have a long-term effect on attention and memory?

How High-Throughput Compute is helping to understand the effects of combat on soldiers’ brains

Is Andromeda II galaxy the result of a merger?

How scientists from Poland used High-Throughput Compute to find an explanation for the origins of a galaxy that fits astronomical observations

3D liver maps using magnetic resonance imaging

How High-Throughput Compute helps to develop alternative, non-invasive techniques to diagnose and monitor liver fibrosis

Making sense of seismic noise

How High-Throughput Compute helps scientists to correlate data from millions of calculations to unveil the rock structure of an oil field under the North Sea

On the double: how high metabolic rates accelerate evolution

How High-Throughput Compute helps to show how new species of cold-blooded animals appear faster in warmer climates


A collection of the best research use cases published in the EGI website.

A collection of the best research case studies published in the EGI website between 2010-2014.

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