With support from the National Science Foundation, the ERN is hosting a series of workshops in six different areas that are important to realizing the ERN vision of lowering barriers to collaboration between researchers and educators on different campuses.
The three scientific disciplines to which ERN is devoting the majority of its attention today are Structural Biology, Materials Science, and Computer Science. The first two areas span the life sciences and physical sciences, and are heavily reliant on computationally intensive simulations and sharing of large data sets generated by physical instruments for analysis. For Computer Scientists, the ERN aims to serve as a platform for moving research ideas into production use.
A central Systems goal of the ERN is to organize a federation of campus CI ecosystems, making it possible to leverage the similarities between our campuses while embracing the differences and the heterogeneity of our research environments. To accomplish this, the ERN must implement the necessary technology and policies, while encouraging participation by institutions of all types and sizes.