Milan, Italy
23.01.2024 to 24.01.2024


Note: The discussions and recommendations of the Workshop have been included in this document: FAIR Data productivity and advanced digitalization of research, available on Zenodo


The ESFRI-EOSC Task Force is organising a Policy Workshop on “FAIR Data Productivity and Advanced Digitalization”, on 23-24 January 2024, in Milan, Italy. The Workshop is aimed at identifying bottlenecks in the productivity of quality-assessed FAIR data and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on research. 

The first goal of the workshop is to analyse the current situation and the perspectives in the productivity of FAIR data sets, with appropriate quality assessment and technical features to make them user- and machine-actionable for refinement of research results and for new research. 
The second goal is to address the opportunities and implications of Artificial Intelligence in research, in connection with FAIR data (training of algorithms and FAIRification). These issues will be addressed through talks and roundtable discussions led by experts from ESFRI RIs and European projects in the AI landscape.

Please note that participation is available by-invitation only, and its acceptance implies in-person attendance.

Attendees will include the ESFRI-EOSC Task Force, EOSC Steering Board, representatives from the EC (DG-RTD, DG-CNECT), the EOSC-Association Board, ESFRI RIs, and ESFRI SWGs. The workshop is organised by the ESFRI-EOSC Task Force, with the support of the StR-ESFRI3 project.

Agenda for the ESFRI-EOSC Policy Workshop

Day 1- Tuesday, 23 January 2024



Light lunch


Giorgio Rossi, EOSC Policy Sub-Group Co-Chair 




ENV RI talk and Q&A session 
Daniele Bailo, EPOS


PSE RI talk and Q&A session
Andy Goetz, ESRF



H&F RI talk and Q&A session
Silvio Tosatto, EMBL/ELIXIR


Coffee break


SSH RI talk and Q&A session
Krejčí Jindřich, CESSDA


1st Round Table: FAIR data and quality control


End of Day 1



Day 2 - Wednesday, 24 January 2024

PSE RI talk and Q&A session 
Xavier Espinal, ESCAPE/CERN


AI talk and Q&A session
Petr Holub, BBMRI/BioMedAI


AI talk 2 and Q&A session 
Alvaro López Garcia, AI4EOSC


Coffee break


2nd Round Table: AI




Light lunch

Sala Napoleonica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Sant’Antonio 12, Milan.

Sala Napoleonica is located in Palazzo Greppi, an 18th-century building among the earliest examples of Milanese Neoclassicism, designed by the famous Italian architect Piermarini.

How to reach the venue: 

Sala Napoleonica is at walking distance from the Duomo di Milano. It is therefore in the very centre of the city, which you can easily get around using public transport (ATM, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi).

If your arrival to Milan is by train, all train stations have direct connections to the city center via the subway. Sala Napoleonica is conveniently located near the Missori metro stop on the M1 red line. Alternatively, the Duomo stop, which serves both the M1 red line and M3 yellow line, is also in close proximity.

Milan is accessible via three primary airports: Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, and Milano-Bergamo (Orio al Serio). Connections from these airports to Milan are available through trains operated by Ferrovie dello Stato or Trenord, and even via the metro (line M4) for Linate. Private shuttles offer another convenient transportation option. For a hassle-free journey to Malpensa International Airport, taking the train from Piazza Cadorna, situated in the heart of Milan and 15 minuted by metro from the University, is highly recommended.

The discussions and recommendations of the Workshop have been included in this document: FAIR Data productivity and advanced digitalization of research, available at

Giorgio Rossi
Giorgio Rossi is Professor of Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano; he leads an experimental research group on the physics of matter at low dimension, exploiting and operating instrumentation at synchrotron radiation facilities in collaboration
Andy Goetz
Andy Goetz joined the ESRF when it started in 1987 as software engineer where he has been ever since except for two sabbatical breaks. He has worked on control systems for the accelerators and beamlines at the ESRF, data processing and data management.
Daniele Bailo
Daniele Bailo (M), born in 1978 in Rome, Italy, holds a graduate degree in Computer Sciences and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Material Science. His early career, spanning from 2005 to 2011, involved innovative work at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia
Xavier Espinal
Xavier obtained his PhD in Physics in Barcelona (IFAE) within the K2K long baseline neutrino experiment in Japan. In 2005, Xavier joined the Spanish Tier-1 center for LHC computing (PIC) and the ATLAS experiment collaboration, where he started his career
Silvio Tosatto
Silvio Tosatto is Full Professor in Bioinformatics and Principal Investigator at the BioComputing UP lab of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova. His scientific work centers on the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology
Krejčí Jindřich
Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He graduated a Ph.D. in sociology at Charles University in Prague. In his research he focuses on the survey methodology, data quality, and the study of political attitudes. He also
Tiziana Ferrari
Tiziana Ferrari is the Director of the EGI Foundation. She holds experience in European science policy and governance, open science commons, international standards, service management in highly distributed federated data and compute infrastructures, and
Roberto Trasarti
Roberto Trasarti was born in 1979 in Italy. He graduated in Computer Science in 2006, at the University of Pisa. He discussed his thesis on ConQueSt: a Constraint-based Query System aimed at supporting frequent patterns discovery. He started the Ph.D. in
Giovanni Lamanna
Giovanni Lamanna holds an experimental sub-nuclear physics PhD. Giovanni Lamanna is the director of the CNRS LAPP laboratory. His main research interests are in the interfaces between Particle Physics and Astrophysics. His experimental activities concern
Sverker Holmgren
Sverker Holmgren is a Professor of Scientific Computing at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. At Chalmers, Holmgren is the Director of Chalmers e-Commons, Chalmers´ digital research infrastructure. Holmgren has a long history of
Martyn Chamberlain
Dr. Martyn Chamberlain completed his PhD in the UK in 1990 on the theory of electron phonon interactions in semiconductor nanostructures. Subsequently he was awarded a personal UK Science and Engineering Research Council fellowship for research into
Volker Beckmann
Since September 2020 I am responsible for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) in France at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Since February 2022 I am co-chair of the EOSC Steering Board and since June 2023
Damian Dalle Nogare
Damian Dalle Nogare is the manager of NoBIAS, the National Bioimage Analysis Service, part of the National Facility for Data Handling and Analysis at the Human Technopole Foundation in Milan, Italy. Prior to joining Human Technopole, he was a staff
Dick Schaap
He started his career as coastal engineer in Rijkswaterstaat, North Sea Directorate, designing maritime infrastructure and leading a department managing and using data from the real time North Sea observation network of the Netherlands. In that position
Stefan Hanslik
Born 1972 in Vienna, Ph.D. in Biology/Genetics. Delegate: Programme Committee Research Infrastructures, Governing Board of the JU EuroHPC, Chair of e-IRG, Programme Committee Euratom (‘Fission’ configuration), OECD-Working Party on Biotechnology
Jan Hrušák
Jan Hrušák is senior research fellow (c. 100 scientific papers, 3300 citations) and scientific advisor on European Science policy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Member of the ministerial board for large research infrastructures and Special envoy for
Gergely Sipos
Gergely Sipos works for EGI, provider of the largest, publicly funded e-infrastructure of the World (>1,000,000 CPU cores and 700 PetaByte storage distributed at >350 institutes). Gergely leads the department that is responsible for service development
Petr Holub
Dr. Holub is Associate Professor of computer science at Masaryk University and Chief IT Officer (CIO) in BBMRI-ERIC, European Research Infrastructure Consortium for Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources, facilitating sharing of biobanking resources and he
Alvaro López García
Alvaro Lopez Garcia, PhD, (ORCID 0000-0002-0Y013-4602) is a CSIC Tenured Scientist (Científico Titular) and head of the Advanced Computing and e-Science Group at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA), associated with the Spanish National Research
Norbert Meyer
Dr. Norbert Meyer is the Director of Data and Computing Infrastructure Division at Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poland). His research interests concern e-infrastructure reliability, sustainability, business models, resource management in
Javier López Albacete
Born in 1977 in Madrid, Spain. PhD. in Physics. For the period 2002-2017 I have worked as a researcher in several institutions in Europe (CERN, CNRS, CEA, ECT* Trento and Universidad de Granada) and the US (The Ohio State University). My research was