NFFA-Europe Summer School 2024

Data Management and Virtual Access

FORTH (GREECE) - JUNE 12-14, 2024


The school is part of the training activities organized by NFFA-Europe, a Research and Innovation Action under the H2020 Work Programme.

It is open to graduate students, post-docs and young researchers, including also technicians, engineers and all scientists from academic and industrial communities interested in gaining knowledge and practical experience of NFFA-Europe tools for data and metadata management and virtual access services.

Data management practices that follow the FAIR principles — Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable — are increasingly central to the various activities of European research infrastructures as they allow data to be verified and reproduced, processes that are fundamental to the progress of science.


Virtual Access is a new mode of cloud services offered by NFFA-Europe, which includes innovative online simulation services, databases, machine learning services, data analysis and metadata management.

This three-day Summer School aims to guide researchers to effectively put FAIR principles into practice and to make use of virtual access services. It will provide an introduction to specific data and metadata management tools (data management plans, repositories, metadata schemas) and to each of the online virtual access services offered in NFFA-Europe.

The sessions will be widely supported by dedicated tutorials and hands-on activities.


Necessary equipment

Participants will need to bring their own laptop and will have to have an account on



Wednesday 12 June

Tools for data management






·    Basics and motivations - Rossella Aversa
·    Introduction to FAIR principles - Rossella Aversa
·    FAIR principles @ NEP - Irene Modolo
·    Data Management Plan - Irene Modolo



Coffee break



How to deal with data
·    unFAIR data examples - Giuseppe Piero Brandino
·    FAIR data examples - Giuseppe Piero Brandino
·    Data publication - Giuseppe Piero Brandino



Thursday 13 June

Tools for metadata management



How to deal with metadata
·    How to describe data: metadata schemas - Rossella Aversa
·    How to edit metadata: the Metadata Editor - Andrea Recchia



Coffee break



How to manage metadata
·    The MetaRepo: introduction - Thomas Jejkal
·    The MetaRepo: hands-on - Thomas Jejkal and Andrea Recchia






Research data use-cases
·    SEM - Rossella Aversa
·    FAIR Digital Objects - Nicolas Blumenröhr
·    STM simulation with AiiDA-lab, graph shared data, how to make data FAIR - Aliaksandr Yakutovich



Coffee break



Licensing & copyright
·    The Legalities of Research Data Management and Sharing - Gina Pavone and Valentina Colcelli



Friday 14 June

Virtual access services



Virtual Access
·    TriDAS - Tommaso Rodani
Nanostructures Predictive Service and Materials Modeling - Ionannis Pantazis and Alexandros Mimidis



Coffee break



Virtual Access
·    Materials Cloud - Aliaksandr Yakutovich
MRI contrast prediction /NMR database - Nicolas Blumenröhr


Organizing Committee

  • Emmanuel Stratakis, IESL-FORTH


Scientific Committee

  • Rossella Aversa, KIT
  • Giuseppe Piero Brandino, eXact lab



Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
Nik. Plastira 100, Iraklio 700 13, Greece


How to reach Crete

By air: The airport Nikos Kazantzakis (airport Code: HER) is the only one in Heraklion. We highly recommend a taxi to get to the city centre; taxi service is provided just outside the airport.

By sea: There are two major ship companies on the line: Athens-Heraklion. Minoan lines and ANEK lines provide daily service from and towards Crete. There are taxis available as well as buses near the port.

How to reach FORTH

By Taxi (20 minutes): Phone number for calling a taxi and for information: (+30) 2810 210102, (+30) 2810 210146. The cost of a taxi from the city centre to FORTH is approximately 15-20 . Taxis in Heraklion are coloured silver. The name of FORTH in Greek is spelled and pronounced "ITE".

By Public Bus (40 minutes): There is a bus going directly from the bus station in the city centre to FORTH. One-way tickets cost €1.70 and can be purchased from most kiosks around the downtown area. The bus schedule is the following:

  • Heraklion city centre - FORTH (ITE): 07:20, 08:30, 11:30, 13:50, 15:00, 17:20
  • FORTH (ITE) - Heraklion city centre : 08:00, 09:15, 12:15, 14:30, 15:40, 18:00


Partner Hotels

FORTH has an agreement with the following hotels:

Olive Green Hotel (4*) - 3.5 km from Heraklion airport, 11.6 km from FORTH

Atrion Hotel (3*) - 6.4 km from Heraklion airport, 9.3 km from FORTH

Marin Hotel (3*) - 3.9 km from Heraklion airport, 9.7 km from FORTH

Kastro Hotel (3*) - 3.5 km from Heraklion airport, 14.8 km from FORTH

Lato Hotel (3*) - 3.5 km from Heraklion airport, 10 km from FORTH


Registration fee

Registration at the school is free and includes lunch on 13 June and coffee breaks.

Deadline: 15 May 2024

Please notice that school attendance will be limited to 60 participants and the participation will be assessed on a first-come/first-served basis, subjected to acceptance from the Organizing Committee.


Travel & accommodation support

School participants not affiliated with (therefore not paid by) NEP partners can apply for travel and accommodation support before 15 March 2024.

To apply for support, fill THIS FORM with your personal information and your application letter.

Please note that the registration form and the support request form are different.

The amount (up to 600 €) will be allocated to a maximum of 10 people, upon acceptance by the Organizing Committee, and students will have priority. The support will never exceed the actual costs incurred.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Organizing Committee.


Registrations are closed