The Ecosystem for Research Networking Summit

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The Ecosystem for Research Networking Summit

April 11 April 12

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center,
300 S. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

FREE Registration is now open.

ERN Summit 2024 overview schedule (all times are EDT)

The Ecosystem for Research Networking (ERN) Summit provides the scientific and cyberinfrastructure research community an opportunity to come together and discuss ERN mission and accomplishments, hear from domain researchers and CI professionals at smaller institutions about the successes and challenges related to leveraging local, regional, and national resources for projects, and learn about funding resources and partnership opportunities, as well as regional and national communities. There will be open discussions and conversations on focus areas and policies as they pertain to areas of community interest including AI, quantum, Big Data, cybersecurity and protecting data, research instruments, workforce development, education and training. The ERN is interested in the democratization of research instruments and gaining a better understanding from the community during this summit will be important as we move forward with future projects.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jim Martin, NSF Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Committee member, and Vice Chancellor for STEM Research and Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. There will also be several NSF program directors participating on the “Role of Funding Agencies” panel on our first day, and there will be a ERN Cloudlet installation workshop on day two.

ERN CryoEM Remote Instrument Access – Cloudlet Installation workshop

The ERN CryoEM Remote Instrument Pilot Project is developing a secure, easy to use, web-based portal for federated access to remote scientific instruments. The ERN Cloudlet implementation provides an Open OnDemand portal for scientific instrument access, workflows utilizing edge computing and advanced analytics through either local or remote cluster resources like Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.  This three hour workshop will introduce this developing project, and participants will learn how to install, configure and customize an ERN Cloudlet on a FABRIC node slice to access a simulated scientific instrument. Concepts covered will include security, containers, containerized Open OnDemand, authentication methodology and CILogon, workflows through applications, edge-computing, ansible, data management, user namespace, FABRIC nodes, and cluster resources and access.

Travel Expense Assistance

ERN is providing limited travel expense assistance to encourage community participation and increase the diversity of conference attendees from a wide range of institutions and organizations, and most importantly to provide opportunities for attendees to contribute ideas, share expertise, and receive training that will stimulate successful ERN collaborations that can lead to important scientific impacts in a diverse range of science domains. We’re delighted to offer a limited number of travel grants for the upcoming ERN Summit supported through our NSF CC* CRIA grant. Reimbursement is based on NSF grant guidelines covering the following expenses: destination travel (train, plane, or auto), hotel registration, meal reimbursement (for meals not provided free at hotel or venue or as part of the registration) and ground transportation. Registration for travel expense assistance is made through the event registration process.  Notice of award amount and reimbursement details will be forwarded to awardees.  Our goal is to provide assistance to as many participants as possible, it is available on a first come, first served basis, and capped.


ERN Summit 2024 is occurring during Carnegie Mellon University’s Spring Carnival event, which is typically a busy time for the local hotels. Please make your hotel reservations early to ensure best rates and availability.

We recommend the following hotels:

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Parking on the campus is limited. Depending on the hotel location, you may be within walking distance to the meeting.  Some hotels have shuttles which may be useful. You are encouraged to park off campus if convenient.

ERN Summit 2024 is supported by NSF CC* CRIA grant (OAC-2018927)
300 S. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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