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May 30, 2022 to June 1, 2022
Soria Moria Hotel
Europe/Oslo timezone


Petter Skarheim, Secretary General in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research

Welcome words

Paula LehtomäkiCecilia Leveaux & Bodil Aurstad, Nordic Council of Ministers

Towards becoming the most sustainable and integrated region in the world in 2030

The opening speech by Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Paula Lehtomäki, followed by a discussion led by Senior Advisors Cecilia Leveaux and Bodil Aurstad.

Arne Flåøyen, Director, NordForsk

Nordic research cooperation towards 2030

Konstantinos Glinos, European Commission

Open Science: Quo Vadis?

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the benefits of open and rapid sharing of research results, but it also revealed the limitations of the current research systems and infrastructures. In this talk, I will discuss some of the challenges the conduct of science faces today, how Open Science policies and practices can help us address them, and what else we will need to do to make the pursuit of new knowledge more effective and efficient.

Gudmund Høst, Director, NeIC

Digital infrastructure for Nordic research excellence

Digital barriers hinder research cooperation across the Nordic borders.The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration bring experts together to to remove these cross-border barriers. We have a unique system to help researchers effectively share data and access big supercomputers across the Nordics. The benefit for the whole region is more research for less money.

Frank Møller Aarestrup, Technical University of Denmark, DK

Tentative topic: COVID-19 related research

Abstract to be added at a later time.

Johanna Törnroos, NeIC / CSC – IT Center for Science, FI

Impact of the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration

The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) as an organisation was established in 2012 as part of NordForsk with two roles. First was to operate the Nordic Tier-1 facility providing computing and storage for CERN to be used for research by high energy physicists worldwide. The second one was to facilitate e-infrastructure collaboration across the Nordic borders so that it could contribute to higher-level agendas and goals of the Nordic as well. Third role was assumed in 2019, to coordinate European projects. As a Nordic organisation, it is important for NeIC to demonstrate its value and map out the benefits it brings within and beyond the Nordic region. Each partner participating in NeIC projects expects to benefit from providing their staff and other resources to the projects. Each national funding agency expects NeIC to benefit the national research infrastructure strategies, enable excellent research and create impact at large. The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), which funds NeIC through NordForsk expects NeIC to create added value for the Nordic region.

This talk discusses how NeIC has responded to the expectations of its different stakeholders and created added value in the region.

W. H. Trzaska, University of Jyväskylä, FI

Quark Matter, Dark Matter, Does it Matter?

Recent decades attest to unprecedented developments in experimental science. Registration of gravitational waves, detecting neutrino oscillations, and charting the cosmic microwave background are but a few examples. Yet, at the same time, some of the old mysteries, e.g., the existence and nature of Dark Matter, stubbornly defy explanation. In my presentation, I’ll illustrate the importance and relevance of basic research with ALICE – the very successful heavy-ion experiment studying the quark-gluon plasma at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and mention the first results from indirect Dark Matter searches in the Pyhäsalmi mine in Finland.

Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director, Stockholm University & Member of EOSC Association Board of Directors, SE

Open Science in the Nordic countries: from policy to implementation

Open science will in the future become the normal way to conduct science. But to reach that point we have a mayor cultural shift to be done by all stakeholders in the system. The Nordic countries has come rather far in the policy discussions and most of the countries have some policies in place. But now it is time to go from policy to implementation. The policy making is often done top down but the cultural shift must come bottom up. It is important that the implementation will be led by the researchers and meet the researchers needs. 

This talk will discuss some policy issues about Open Science in the Nordic countries and how we can engage the researchers to become the leaders of the cultural shift. What possible role will e-infrastructures and EOSC have in this transition and how can we work together in the Nordic countries to make the shift happen.