IT for Research Day 2019

For the third time we are presenting new developments at the “IT for research” day:

  • How is Scientific IT evolving?
  • What can we expect from national (shared) infrastructures?
  • How are key services developing – and what options do you have in the area of data management?

We will present you with fresh perspectives in this special event.

Wednesday 11 September 2019, 10:00 - 17:00h
University of Fribourg, Pérolles campus, auditoire Joseph Deiss (Sitemap)


Please apply early, as we will attribute the seats on a “first come - first serve” basis.
The number of places is limited to 100. 




Welcome Coffee (10:00 – 10:30)                          

Opening Session (10:30 – 11:30)

  • Opening Remarks
    Konrad Jaggi, Outreach at SWITCH
  • Welcome from the University of Fribourg 
    Rolf Ingold, Vice-Rector for Research
  • Scientific IT as an Enabler at the University of Fribourg
    Alexandre Gachet, director of IT services
  • The microscopic imaging pipeline
    Dimitri Vanhecke, Head microscopy, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg

National Shared Infrastructures  (11:30 – 12:30)

  • Update on long-term storage (LTS) as foundation for research data
    Ann Harding, project leader LTS SWITCH
  • Large-Scale Data Storage at Swiss Universities
    Doron William, solution architect SWITCHengines
  • SWISSUbase – going to the next level
    Stefan Bürli and Bojana Tasic, project leaders

LUNCH (12:30 – 13:30)

Service Perspectives – Institutional and National  (13:30 – 15:00)

  • The Jupyter Notebook Project @ EPFL
    Patrick Jermann, executive director CEDE
  • The University of Basel BYOD education project 
    Jan Welker and Marcel Czink, IT service University of Basel
  • Manage your research data – with an innovative model
    Pierre-Yves Burgi, project leader and deputy CIO at University Geneva

COFFEE BREAK (15:00 – 15:30)

New developments (15:30 – 17:00 approx.)

  • SWITCHengines for Research – GPU, Containers and Research Requirements
    Jens-Christian Fischer, teamleader SWITCH  
  • Use cases from Data Science
    Sofiane Sarni, program manager SDSC
  • Managing research data in the cloud (title tbc)
    Philippe Cudre-Mauroux, Professor, Vice-President DIUF, University of Fribourg

  • Closing Remarks
    Konrad Jaggi

SWITCHengines was granted start-up funding by swissuniversities’ program “Scientific information” (P-5).

Information provided is subject to change.