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

October 8-12, 2018

TERENO International Conference. Berlin, Germany

October 10-12, 2018

EU Coastal and Open Sea Observatories – Workshop on Interoperability Technologies and Best Practices in Environmental Monitoring

Brest (France), 10-12 October 2018

(Registration deadline: 5th September)

Long-term in situ marine observation, be it coastal or open sea, seafloor or water-column, is achieved by a variety of devices and systems operated by a number of teams meeting different demands in multiple contexts. In spite of this diversity, operators and users are facing a set of common constraints and have obvious benefits in sharing practices and means.

Under the auspices of the European Commission, JERICO-RI, EMSO ERIC and AtlantOS, are participating to the international effort to harmonize the practices of this domain and to push up the interoperability technologies for sharing ocean instruments:

  • The Joint European Research Infrastructure Network For Coastal Observatories (JERICO-RI, ) is a solid and transparent European network dedicated to providing operational services for the timely, continuous and sustainable delivery of high-quality environmental data and information products related to the marine environment in European coastal seas.

  • The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EMSO ERIC, ) is a distributed Research Infrastructure of marine observatories addressing natural hazards, climate change, and marine ecosystems in the service of science researchers, marine technology engineers, policymakers, and the public.

  • AtlantOS (Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems, ) is a Blue Growth research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners.

On the occasion of the Sea Tech Week 2018 in Brest (France) ( ), EMSO ERIC, JERICO-RI and AtlantOS are jointly proposing a 3-day workshop for technical and scientific staff, aiming to increase the level of marine observation practices.

Building on the results of previous similar interoperability workshops, the event will focus on:

  • Sensor Web Enablement implementation,

  • Cabled coastal observatories operations,

  • Metrology of dissolved oxygen, pCO 2 and pH in the marine environment,

  • Dissolved oxygen and temperature: seafloor and water column data, from a sensor to users

A detailed agenda can be found here.

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. Brussels.

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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