The EOSC Symposium 2021 provided a key engagement opportunity for the EOSC community after the European Open Science Cloud finally entered its highly-anticipated implementation phase in 2021. Delivered online to just under 1,000 EOSC stakeholders from over 63 different countries, this was not only the largest EOSC Symposium yet, but it was also an essential opportunity for convergence and alignment on principles and priorities.
The EOSC Association will play an important role in this phase. With already over 210 member and observer organisations from across Europe, the Association represents a single voice for the advocacy and representation of the broader EOSC Stakeholder community in Europe, promoting alignment of EU research policy and priorities.
The Association will continuously develop the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) which will influence future EOSC activities at institutional, national and EU level (including the EOSC-related work programmes in Horizon Europe). This living document will adapt to the changing EOSC ecosystem and the needs of EOSC stakeholders. The Association is setting up a series of Advisory Groups (AG) with Task Forces (TF) to engage with the EOSC community around priority areas, namely:
Trust-IT Services, as leader of Work Package 7 on "Communication, Dissemination, Stakeholder forum and events", coordinated the organisation and realisation of the four-day event under Task 7.4, as well as the editing, visual design, and promotion of this post-event report under Task 7.1 of the project.
The Symposium was the first opportunity for the Association to present the draft charters of the Task Forces. A key objective of the event was also for the Association to understand what work has been carried out, is in progress, or is planned on the topics of the AGs and TFs. A call for contributions ran throughout May 2021, with a total of 137 applications received. Through presentations, lightning talks, and panels, over 70 community members were able to highlight key findings and recommendations for the AGs and TFs to take into consideration for their work.