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The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

Past Events

Helix Nebula was present at the European Supersites Coordination Workshop on 10 and 11 June 2013, organised by the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels.

The workshop was attended by nearly 100 representatives of many of the projects funded by FP7 that are in relation with the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEO / GEOSS, and the European GMES/Copernicus ( initiatives.

Mick Symonds of Atos presented the service architecture within Helix Nebula at the 8th IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Business-Driven IT Management (see:, which was held at the IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2013, at the University of Ghent in Belgium, on 27 May 2013.

Bob Jones of CERN presented Helix Nebula at the Open e-IRG Workshop, Dublin, Ireland on the 22nd -23rd of May 2013.
The presentation entitled "Interoperable e-infrastuctures as seen by Helix Nebula" showed the situation in e-infrastuctures before Helix Nebula up to year 2012, presented the flagship deployments results of 2012, identified the existing gaps.
Also mentioned were the Helix Nebula Blue Box services that are currently under test and what will be tested next.

Mick Symonds of Atos presented Helix Nebula at the Connected Enterprise congress at Fort Voordorp, The Netherlands on 14 May 2013.
The third Connected Enterprise in 2013
The congress was attended by 150 IT Managers from mostly NL-based enterprises.
It was fairly broad-ranging, covering new connectivity models, developments in social media, digital security and smart grids, among others.

CloudSigma participated at the Future Internet Assembly conference in Dublin on 08-10 May 2013.
FIA Dublin focuses on how European Future Internet research and innovation support EU's competitiveness and enable a new wave of technologies at the eve of Horizon 2020.
FIA Dublin is framed around two major lines:
•    European competitiveness: towards a strong, diversified and competitive EU Future Internet industrial base, with high innovation performance in global markets

Francesco Casu of CNR-IREA represented Helix Nebula at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna in 7 to 12 of April 2013.

Mick Symonds of Atos attended and presented Helix Nebula at the Target conference, “Probing Big Data for answers”, in Groningen, The Netherlands, on Thursday 4 April 2013. The presentation was entitled “Helix Nebula – hosting Big Data for European Science”, and addressed the three following subjects:
- the background of Helix Nebula,
- a case study; the forthcoming Euclid space mission, for which Atos is proposing data management approaches,
- what does Helix Nebula aim to offer by the use of Big Data and Information management services.

Mick Symonds of Atos presented Helix Nebula at the Workshop on “Cloud Computing SLAs in FP7 - Exploitation of Research Results”, organised by the unit CONNECT E2 "Software & Services, Cloud" of the European Commission in Brussels on 27 May 2013.
This was an expert workshop focusing on exploiting the research results of projects in the domain of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and was attended by representatives of many of the projects funded by FP7.

CERN introduced the idea of a forum of national communities as a means to contribute to national cloud strategy plans.
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ESA presented Helix Nebula at the annual conference on information management by ICT Media, 12 March 2013 in Groenekan, Netherland.