Dates: 23-28 April 2017
Location : Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.
  
Virtual Research Environments (VREs) are increasingly being developed and deployed to support collaborative research across all domains including the Earth Sciences. VRE’s can support a range of research classes, from a diverse group of researchers seamlessly investigating secure or distributed data collections, to highly skilled researchers accessing specialised environments that facilitate complex processing workflows on supercomputers. VRE’s are known in Europe as Virtual Research Environments; in Australia as Virtual Laboratories and in the USA as Science Gateways: other terms used include, Virtual Observatories, Co-laboratories, Collaborative Interactive Environments and Analytics Platforms/Engines. Although many VRE initiatives currently operate in isolation from one another there needs to be greater awareness both between these virtual collaborative environments and with potential users to foster new collaborative opportunities for developing consistent environments and to improve adoption/uptake of successful use-cases. This session will focus on new and existing virtual collaborative environments including the technologies used; recognized challenges; and future visions for the evolution of these e-infrastructures. 

Convener:
Helen Glaves  
Co-Conveners:
Lesley Wyborn , Ben Evans , Mirko Albani
  

For more information, visit the EGU General Assembly website.