Cape Town, South Africa

+27 (11) 025 5985
Office Hours | 08h00 - 17h00 | Mon - Fri

Friday 30 September2016

Time Event
08:00 - 18:00

Group of Senior Officials (GSO) Meeting

Venue where Event will be Hosted : STIAS Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch

Host : Daniel Adams

Saturday 1 October 2016

Time Event
08:00 - 18:00

Group of Senior Officials (GSO) Meeting

Venue where Event will be Hosted : STIAS Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch

Host : Daniel Adams

Sunday 2 October 2016

Time Event
09:00 - 15:00

Observing the Anthropocene – Challenges and solutions for environmental and ecosystem research infrastructures

The event will explore the global cooperation between environmental research infrastructures with a special emphasis on cooperation with African countries. Large-scale environmental and ecosystem observations related to Grand Environmental Challenges require respective research infrastructures including terrestrial and marine in-situ observational networks and remote sensing infrastructures that provide openly accessible data and are supported by powerful globally connected computing systems for modeling and knowledge integration.

Venue : South African Astronomical Observatory

Time : 09:00 - 15:00

Host : Johan Pauw, Werner L Kutsch and Michael Mirtl

09:00 - 17:00

SKA Engineering Meeting 2016
CLOSED EVENT The SKA Project is now in the pre-construction phase with 11 Consortia carrying out design work to enable the project to prepare the construction proposal in 2018. These consortia are spread across the globe and are constituted from a variety of institutes and commercial companies. The aim of the 2016 SKA Engineering Meeting is to provide a global overview of the status, progress and way forward for the project in terms of engineering and management.

Venue : Spier 1692 Conference Centre, Stellenbosch,

Time : 09:00 - 17:00

Host : William Garnier

09:00 - 17:00

Paths to Success in Open Science in Africa
Our event will : 1. Invite champions on various scientific fields in the region to express their challenges and solutions to issues facing them, during their open science endeavour
2. Relate the recent UCT e-Research experience in enabling open science at an institutional and regional level
3. Demonstrate an open science platform developed in the context of the sci-gaia project.
4. Provide a space to investigate and critically examine the issues around open science, through a brainstorming and discussion session

Venue : University of Cape Town

Time : 09:00 - 17:00

Host : Bruce Becker

14:00 - 18:30

Connecting continents through Molecular Biology
The event is organised by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and is planned to take place On the afternoon of 5 October 2016. It aims to present available collaborative opportunities in the field of life science and inspire joint scientific activities for the benefit of the European and South African scientific community. The session will bring together international research infrastructure managers, researchers, policy makers but also research infrastructure users and collaborators. It will enable a discussion about how international cooperation in science can effectively bridge the scientific talent and world-class facilities across continents, and will offer a perspective on the role that a global research infrastructure such as EMBL can play in this process. Selected scientific talks will highlight research successes and opportunities available in Europe and in Africa.

Venue : Southern Sun-Cape Sun, Cape Town

Time : 14:00 - 18:30

Host : Silke Shumacher

17:00 - 19:00

High-level strategic group meeting on Research Infrastructure policy
Second meeting of the informal high-level strategic group on Research Infrastructure policy

Venue : STIAS Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch

Time : 17:00 - 19:00

Host : Frédéric Sgard

Monday 3 October 2016

Time Event
08:00 - 10:00

African Data Intensive Research Cloud and Integrated Data Platform for Research and Capacity Development in Africa

The South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA SA) together with the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and the Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), is prototyping the development of an African Data Intensive Research Cloud (ADIRC) for at first use by astronomy but to be extended to other research disciplines, potentially to include for instance bio-informatics and climate.

Welcome and introduction by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, SKA SA Strategic Advisor (Chair)
5 minute presentation by speakers

  • Dr Bernie Fanaroff - Where the ADIRC comes from and why it is so important (
  • Professor Russ Taylor, Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) founding Director and joint UCT/UWC SKA Research Chair: What the ADIRC is and how we will roll it out (
  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS ) (
  • Dr Happy Sithole, Director for the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in South Africa - The role of the CHPC (
  • Dr Richard Gordon, Executive Director Grants, Innovation and Product Development Unit at the Medical Research Council - ADIRC and health / pharma / genomics / bio-informatics (
  • Val Munsami , Department of Science and Technology - The African space strategy and the ADIRC (
  • Andiswa Mlisa, Scientific and Technical Officer, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) - Afri GEOSS / earth observations and the ADIRC (
  • Professor Barend Mons, Chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group - The European Open Science Cloud (

Venue where Event will be Hosted : Meeting Room 2.44 -2.46 (Directional signage will be available)

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Time Event
12:30 - 13:30

Research Infrastructures Strategies: A Perspective from European Research Funders and Performers

The proposed one-hour event will review the potential which exists in Europe for increased co-operation and real integration for Research Infrastructures; matters such as sharing operation costs, structured exchange about strategic priorities, and bilateral and multilateral funding initiatives will be discussed. Recommendations to advance these matters and their relevance in a global context will also be explored.

Host : Maud Evrard

Venue where Event will be Hosted : Roof Terrace Room

14:00 - 16:00

European Commission Support for Research Infrastructures : Suggestions for the Future

This is  an invitation for project coordinators and research managers of research infrastructure to provide input for an interim evaluation of the Research Infrastructure [RI]  thematic programme of Horizon 2020. For this evaluation, the Director-General R&I [EC] has appointed a group of independent experts.  A delegation of this group of experts  invites you to give them comments/remarks/suggestions for their work during a fringe event of ICRI.

It is important that the group receives INFORMATION BASED UPON  PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE [facts]  and suggestions for the future . Because in the end, the group has to deal with questions like:

  • How relevant is the RI-instrument [ thematic programme]  in Horizon 2020 ?
  • Is  it effective and efficient?
  • Is  there real added value?
  • What changes are necessary for the coming 7 years? Why?

We remind you that at the moment  the specific objects of  this thematic programme in Horizon 2020 are :

  • developing new world-class RI’s
  • integrating and opening national RI’s of pan-European interest
  • development, deployment and operation of ICT-based E-infrastructures
  • exploiting the innovation potential if RI’s
  • strengthening the human capital of RI’s
  • reinforcing European policy for RI’s

Host : Hans Chang

Venue where Event will be Hosted : Roof Terrace Room

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Time Event
13:30 - 16:00

Collecting Research Infrastructure Data in a Global Context

The MERIL project (Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape) is hosting an event to discuss global needs and challenges in terms of RI-related data collection. Keynote presentations from OECD Global Science Forum, the European Commission and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation will be followed by a panel discussion with the speakers, additional members from the MERIL project and ESFRI. Topics will include: Collection of data about RIs: how to ensure consistency and usefulness for different stakeholders? ; Visibility of medium and small-scale RIs : new opportunities for networking ; Transparency and openness of data related to Research Infrastructures: the way forward ; Assessing the impact of RIs and defining RI-related indicators: current status and outlooks.

Host : Ana Helman

Venue where Event will be Hosted : Meeting Room 1.43 – 1.44



  • South Africa
    +27 (11) 025 5985
    Office Hours | 08h00 - 17h00 | Mon - Fri

Thabiso Nkone