Strategic Collaboration Council (SCC)


The Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC) is the integration of CoopEUS Strategic Cooperation Board and Coop+ Open Board. The SCC works to ensure the seamless integration of the strategies developed within the COOPEUS project. The role of the SCC is to give advice, guidance, and direction on the integration process between research infrastructures in the environmental field on both sides of the Atlantic.  The SCC goes beyond an advisory board as it will be composed of representatives of Research Infrastructures (RI) to bring the perspective of organizations that are involved in the development of funding strategies. 

The initial COOPEUS effort was unique among intra- and inter-institutional efforts to foster alignment and integration of environmental research infrastructures. Most efforts take a largely top-down approach to the identification of requirements and fostering cyberinfrastructure re-use and integration. COOPEUS is designed to identify specific research domains that can benefit from efforts to align international cyberinfrastructure. COOPEUS then facilitates the process of doing the work to align domain cyberinfrastructure. Arguably this method is more direct and produces clear results as compared to approaches designed to address cyberinfrastructure integration from a more abstract starting point. 


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Based on the premise that COOPEUS can continue to change positively the landscape of international science infrastructure and with a goal to ameliorate some of the challenges encountered by COOPEUS to date, we propose a short working meeting bringing together COOPEUS principals to review and as necessary redefine the purpose, structure, and activities for a COOPEUS governance framework. Governance is defined as the methods for bringing stakeholders together and aligning their sets of interests in a way that supports the COOPEUS mission. 

As a starting point, we propose a shift in the goal of governance from oversight and management to a goal of creating an appropriate set of activities and governance structures to operationalize, sustain, and foster knowledge sharing in support of COOPEUS mission/goals. More particularly, the SCC should provide the framework and process to catalyze the identification and facilitation of specific joint projects, as well as the identification of new research infrastructures to become potential members, and create a framework for knowledge sharing. Governance should be lightweight and designed to support middle-out engagement of stakeholders.

The exact charge, form, and processes of this entity needs to be defined in a focused and interactive face-to-face process that facilitates the alignment of stakeholder goals, and to identify: What processes need to be in place, the structure, how to operationalize, and how to sustain the activity.

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Calendar of Events

July 9-13, 2018

International Summer School “Data Management in Environmental & Earth Science Infrastructures: Theory & Practice”

For more information and registration please visit this page.

August 5-10, 2018

ESA 103rd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA

Meeting Theme: Extreme events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, fires and storms, are exacerbated by human activities and challenge populations, communities and ecosystems, as well as our human health and living conditions.  The ability of ecosystems to respond to these challenges depends on the integrity of resilience mechanisms that have been severely undermined by land-use practices that increase effects of extreme conditions.  Past civilizations, such as the Maya and Mesopotamians, apparently exacerbated the droughts (that caused their demise) through deforestation and agricultural practices similar to our own.  Clearly, the sustainability of ecosystem services and human well-being depends on ecosystem resilience to extreme events.

For more information and registration please visit this page.

August 20-26, 2018

OzFlux – AsiaFlux Joint Conference in Darwin, NT, Australia

The conference will focus on ecosystems, climate and land use change via the following themes:
1) Ecosystems dynamics
  • Regional budgets or trends in carbon, energy, water and biogeochemical cycles
  • Linking flux observations with remote and proximal sensing and land surface models
  • Ecohydrology: process mechanisms, novel techniques, responses, and feedbacks
  • Understanding ecosystem dynamics using phenology and flux observations
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics of land–atmosphere exchange in the region
2) Environmental change and variability
  • Ecosystem responses to interannual climate extremes (including floods and droughts)
  • Ecosystems and long-term climate change
  • Impacts of disturbance on ecosystem processes
  • Hotspots of environmental change - peatland, biomass burning
3) Land use change
  • Food security – responses of agricultural ecosystems to change in the food, water and energy nexus
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural and natural ecosystems
  • Reactive trace gas flux and aerosol formation in forest ecosystems undergoing land use change
  • Impacts of land use change (incl. plantation conversion) and urbanisation on energy, water and biogeochemical cycles
4) Emerging topics
  • Asian issues in the food, water and energy nexus
  • Eddy covariance methods – next generation instrumentation and software systems
  • Calibrations in met/eddy covariance sensors over decadal periods
  • Tackling challenges of the eddy covariance approach
  • Spatial and temporal scaling of fluxes using remote sensing and modelling techniques
  • Benchmarking and Cal/Val of satellite and modelled retrievals
  • Knowledge transfer to policy makers
The conference web site is at

September 3-7, 2018

UArctic Congress 2018

UArctic Congress 2018 begins in Oulu, September 3-6 and concludes in Helsinki on September 7. It brings together key UArctic meetings and a science conference into one single gathering. The event is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, highlighting the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supporting gender equality, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

With the aim to foster contacts and enhance networking, the UArctic Congress brings together institutional leaders, indigenous representatives, academics, scientists and students from around the Circumpolar North and beyond. Together with partners, policy makers, and other actors, the Congress strives to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and strengthening collaborations that produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic region.

For more information and registration please visit this page.

September 11-13, 2018

September 11-13: The 3rd Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) Science Conference

 Prague, Czech Republic

The conference is structured around 13 themes/sessions.
Theme 1: Climate change mitigation – closing the gap between science, inventories and policy making
Theme 2: Major research questions in Earth Observations
Theme 3: Globally integrative studies
Theme 4: Data management and quality
Theme 5: Decadal variability in biogeochemical cycles
Theme 6: Newest new in research – scientific and technical developments
Theme 7: Land sink – from residual to direct estimates
Theme 8: Reactive gases
Theme 9: Bridging the gap between bottom-up and top-down methods
Theme 10: Urban greenhouse gas budget – from novel monitoring networks to source identification
Theme 11: In-situ and remote sensing observations
Theme 12: From data to useful services with societal meaning
Theme 13: Regional efforts to constrain the global C cycle
Detailed agenda will be available later on, for more information please visit this page.

September 12-14

ICRI 2018 - 4th International Conference on Research Infrastructures. Vienna, Austria

ICRI 2018 aims to:
·provide a forum for strategic discussion on international cooperation for research
infrastructures at global level;
·highlight the essential role of research infrastructures in addressing global challenges
and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals;
·reflect on the needs, development, and operation of global and national research
·build on the outcomes of ICRI 2016, discussing existing and emerging challenges
faced by RI stakeholders and investigating policy options and possible steps forward.

For more information and registration please visit this page.

September 12-14, 2018

Phenology 2018 Conference. Melbourne, Australia

This will be the fourth international phenology conference sponsored by our Commission, and our venues now span four continents and both hemispheres!  Phenological research continues to expand in relevance, volume, and applications, especially in relation to global climate change. I hope that you are making plans to participate, and look forward to hearing all about your research progress while we are in Melbourne.

For more information and registration please visit this page.

October 8-12, 2018

TERENO International Conference. Berlin, Germany

October 29-November 1, 2018

IEEE eScience Conference. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The objective of the eScience Conference is to promote and encourage all aspects of eScience and its associated technologies, applications, and tools.

Please visit the official website for more information.

November 5-9, 2018

7th ENVRI Week

November 5-8, 2018

International Data Week. Bostwana, Africa

November 5-8, 2018

RDA 12th Plenary Meeting - part of International Data Week. Bostwana, Africa

November 9-11, 2018

Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018. Rovaniemi, Finland

November 21 &22, 201

Final COOP+ Workshop

TARGET audience: RI managers, policy makers and programme owners

OBJECTIVES: Showcase how COOP+ has fostered the discussion on how RIs can help to address global challenges: special issue, policy-oriented document (D1.3), thematic workshops, there will be introduced potential strategies to enhance and make effective the international cooperation threads

  • Strategic Research Agenda(SRIA) 
  • plan for the establishment of a permanent structure of International cooperation

December 10-14, 2018

AGU 2018, Washington DC

December 10-14, 2018

Workshop: Improve the Accessibility and Usage of Research Infrastructure and Facility Services Across National and Disciplinary Boundaries

- Part of AGU 2018, Washington DC


  • W. Christopher Lenhardt, Chair (Domain Scientist, Environmental Data Science and Systems, Renaissance Computing Institute RENCI, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
  • Dr. Tim Ahern (Director of Data Services, IRIS)
  • Dr. Diana Wall, (Colorado State University, USA)
  • Dr. Pierre-Philippe Mathieu (European Space Agency)
  • Dr. Fiona Grant (Marine Institute, Ireland) [Diarmuid O’Conchubhair, Deirdre]
  • Dr. Ari Asmi (University of Helsinki, ENVRI+)
  • Dr. Francisco Javier Bonet Garcia (University of Granada, COOP+)
  • Dr. Paola Materia (INGV, Italy, COOP+)
  • Dr. Laura Beranzoli (INGV, Italy, COOP+)
  • Dr. Henry Loescher (Battelle-NEON) Ex-officio
  • Dr. Christoph Waldmann (University of Bremen, MARUM) Ex-officio
  • Dr. Ketil Koop-Jakobsen (Marum) Ex-officio
  • Dr. Ulpu Leijala (Finnish Meterological Institute) Ex-officio
  • Ms. Melissa Genazzio (NEON) Ex-officio

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