Recap of the 1st NFDI4Energy Conference

Bringing the community of energy research data management together

The 1st NFDI4Energy Conference, held in Hanover, Germany, spanned three days, featuring a range of formats designed to foster discussion and knowledge exchange within the field.

Kicking off with a pre-conference online networking event for women, the conference provided an inclusive platform for participants to connect and engage. Despite challenges with public transport disruptions on Monday and Tuesday, attendees navigated the city to attend workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities.

The conference program was rich and varied, offering parallel workshops covering topics such as the fundamentals of semantic web technology, Ontologies, Outreach, and Research Software Engineering. Keynote speaker Dr. Barbara Ebert from NFDI4Biodiversity set the tone with an insightful overview of building up services for data on Biodiversity and its implications for building the whole national research data infrastructure.

Presentation tracks delved into FAIR infrastructure, energy system modeling, knowledge graphs, non-technical requirements for FAIR data, datasets, best practices for research data management, and simulation approaches. These sessions provided valuable insights and promoted discussions among attendees.

The poster sessions, spread over two days, provided a platform for researchers to showcase their work and engage in informal discussions. Topics ranged from benchmarking sufficiency assumptions to decentralized energy data storage, highlighting the breadth and depth of research within the energy domain. Meanwhile the Market of Consortia offered a great opportunity for attendees to interact with members of other NFDI consortia (NFDI4Ing, NFDIMatwerk, NFDI4DataSciene, NFDI4Earth, KonsortSWD, BERD@NFDI, BASE4NFDI) and similar organizations. This facilitated knowledge sharing, collaboration discussions, and the exploration of potential synergies across different research initiatives.

We as organizers of the conference had the impression that the participants left the conference energized and inspired, ready to apply new insights and collaborations in their respective fields. We happily look back on the last week and are already excited about the 2nd NFDI4Energy Conference next year, which will take place in Karlsruhe.

If you want to know more about NFDI4Energy in general, the consortium´s aims and the status quo, the recently published Interview with NFDI4Energy´s Spokesperson Astrid Nieße might be interesting for you. More

Discussions at the poster session