[Eosc-life-wp4] Some kind of a farewell

Lawerenz, Christian christian.lawerenz at bihealth.de
Sun May 3 17:34:04 BST 2020

Dear colleagues,

As you may already know, there will be a shift in my future employment.

I will continue to work in the cloud environment, and so I will continue to work with some of you. So that's why this is just a little farewell. However, I will give up my various tasks in ELIXIR and EOSC-Life including the coordination of WP7 in the next weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steven Newhouse and Niklas Blomberg in particular for the collegial relationship and the trust they have placed in me! For the essential tasks in EOSC-Life and ELIXIR we have found someone in Harald Wagener (Charité) who will certainly take over and expand my previous work with great enthusiasm and effectiveness. This also refers to the upcoming work on data protection and information security in EOSC-Life, on which he is currently working with me.

In ELIXIR I was the representative of the German Cloud "de.NBI Cloud" in the EXCELERATE Compute Platform (ECP) in the early days of the German entry into ELIXIR. In the meantime many highly qualified de.NBI Cloud experts are working in this infrastructure area.

Since the beginning of the de.NBI Cloud I have been working with Alex Sczyrba gladly and intensively. Now he has taken over the management and coordination of the de.NBI Cloud from me. This also includes tasks within the scope of the cooperation with other European initiatives like NeIC Tryggve,  GA4GH etc.

At the beginning I mentioned the relocation of my tasks. I will continue to be active in the two European initiatives EUCANCan and ESPACE, but I will also continue to perform tasks in the de.NBI Cloud in the background. Above all, I will be actively involved in the planning of the new European infrastructure measure GAIA-X (https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/EN/Publikationen/Digitale-Welt/project-gaia-x.html), and I will also again participate in industrial projects, as I did before my time at the German Cancer Research Institute and the Charité.

I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with you in this international environment and to learn a lot from you, for example how these major European projects can be implemented for the benefit of all project partners. I will certainly miss the flair of our inspiring and very active cooperation. Thank you very much for the many trusting and often personal conversations and I am very much looking forward to continuing the friendly relationship with some of you.

I am sure that these joint international projects will continue to be implemented very successfully in the future and I keep my fingers crossed for you all.


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