Strategy 2015-2020

Download: Strategy 2015-2020 & Beyond

Enabling digitally enhanced research through efficient utilization of data, software and e-infrastructure

Our responsibilities

  • Enabling Scientific Breakthroughs
    The eScience Center builds the eScience technologies and workflows that enable scientists of varying computing experience to utilize e-infrastructure components to achieve otherwise unreachable breakthroughs.
  • Developing Versatile Cross-Disciplinary eScience Tools
    While each scientific discipline is characterized by unique questions and challenges, the underlying eScience requirements are often generic. The eScience Center's developments are characterized by their domain overarching nature, promoting reuse, collaboration and prevention of “reinventing the wheel”.
  • Promoting multi-disciplinary eScience collaborations
    The era of individual researchers working in isolated groups and focused only on their own, increasingly narrow expertise, has ended. Breakthroughs are increasingly made at the interface of disciplines by groups of scientists benefitting from the combination of their diverse skills. The eScience Center's projects and the generic tools that result reflect this move to multi-disciplinary science.
  • Coordinating National eScience Activities
    The rapid growth of data and computing initiatives risks unnecessary fragmentation and duplication. The eScience Center works with numerous partner organizations, nationally and internationally, to identify common challenges such as training and career support for eScientists, as well as providing thought leadership on issues such as data-stewardship and software sustainability.

Every year we organize the National eScience Symposium with several partner organizations, bringing together many stakeholders from the eScience field. (Photography: Elodie Burrillon, HUCOPIX)

Prioritized Domains

The eScience Center primarily focuses on societally relevant applied research utilizing scientific computing, data research, and analytics in the following defined key strategic areas:

  • Environment & Sustainability
    For example: Climate, ecology, energy, logistics, water management, agriculture & food;
  • Life Sciences & eHealth
    For example: Next generation sequencing, biobanking, molecules & man;
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
    For example: SMART cities, text analysis, eBusiness, creative technologies;
  • Physics & Beyond
    For example: astronomy, high-energy physics, advanced materials, engineering & manufacturing.

The selection of prioritized domains remains as broad as possible, reflecting the generic nature of eScience and its applications. 

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