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Raphael Ritz, Hermann Lederer

National IT-Summit

For the 10th time the German Federal Government organized the National IT-Summit, where about 1000 representatives from politics, economy, science and education meet to discuss challenges and opportunities of the digital age. This year, the event took place in Saarbrücken on November 16th and 17th, 2016 focusing on educational issues in particular.

In this context, the MPCDF is leading a working group on 'Intelligent and efficient use of open data in science, research and economy' that organized – together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence – an event series (a preparatory workshop and a competition) leading up to a panel discussion at the summit hosted by the MPI for Informatics. Key questions addressed included the need of interoperable national and European research data infrastructures, educating the next generation of (data) scientists, as well as fostering the development of new services to the benefit of the German economy and society at large. Next steps will include summarizing the recommendations made and to suggest possible actions to the German research funding agencies (BMBF and DFG in particular).

International HPC Summer School 2017

The International HPC Summer School on Challenges in Computational Sciences is a series of events started in 2010 and takes place yearly. Supported by PRACE for Europe, XSEDE for the US, RIKEN AICS for Japan, and Compute Canada for Canada, event locations have been alternating between North America and Europe, with the 2016 event hosted in Slovenia. The eighth International HPC summer school is therefore going to take place in the United States, from June 25th to June 30th, 2017. The call for applications is expected to open soon and to last till February 2017. The expense-paid event will bring together 80 excellent students from many parts of the world, to participate for one week in an exciting program coupled with dedicated mentoring and networking. For details see