ESIP Update: Save the Date & Call for Sessions for SM21, Webinar Series Kickoff, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 03.15.21

Good Morning ESIP,

While it is still about 4 months out, planning for the VIRTUAL 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting is in full swing. You can expect a jam-packed week of plenaries, community-led breakout sessions, FUNding Friday, and more! We will be opening registration soon. Here are 2 things you can do now to get ready:

  1. Save the Date: Reserve the full week of July 19th-23rd on your calendars now.
  2. Propose a session: The session proposal portal is open now through April 16th.

As we continue to explore our 2021 theme, Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers, our annual webinar series kicks off this week. Dr. Kuan Collins (Solution Architect Master, Civil Space, SAIC) will deliver the talk, ‘The Future of Earth Science and its Innovation Stakeholder Ecosystem' on Thursday March 18th at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Learn more and find out how to connect here. We are grateful to our partner, SAIC, for sponsoring the webinar series this year.

Speaking of webinars, if you missed last week's IT&I Tech Dive Webinar on Earth Data Extraction, Exploration and Visualization Using the AppEARS Platform, you can now check out the recording on the ESIP YouTube Channel.

Finally, we wanted to remind everyone that all ESIP Telecons, including meetings of our administrative committees (Meetings Committee, Governance Committee, etc.) are open to the community to attend. Each Committee does representatives from across a few of the ESIP Partner Types and we are grateful to those who have stepped forward in this capacity. If you are leadership-curious, don't hesitate to reach out to the ESIP Staff at any time of the year to discuss and of course, feel free to hop on any events you see on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

Have a wonderful week,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Call for Sessions Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Tuesday: Governance
  • Wednesday: Public-Private Partnerships; Semantic Harmonization; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Innovation Webinar Series Kickoff; Research Object Citation; Education; Discovery
  • Friday: Machine Learning; Sustainable Data Management

See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description.


ESIP Summer Meeting: Save the Date & Call for Sessions Now OPEN
The session proposal portal for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, 2021 ONLINE) is open now through 4/16. We especially welcome session proposals related to ESIP's 2021 theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. ESIP has been investing in learning new methods of engaging participants during our virtual meetings and we will again support session organizers with session design workshops and consultations. Learn more about the process and timeline and submit a proposal here.

ESIP Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers Webinar Series Sponsored by SAIC: Kickoff on Thursday March 18th at 1 pm ET
To kick off our 2021 ESIP Webinar Series focusing on innovation generously sponsored by SAIC, Dr. Kuan Collins (Solution Architect Master, Civil Space, SAIC) will deliver a talk entitled ‘The Future of Earth Science and its Innovation Stakeholder Ecosystem' on Thursday March 18th at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Learn more and find out how to connect at

ESIP Machine Learning Cluster Webinar: Physics-Informed Machine Learning for Weather & Climate Science (3/19 at 12 pm ET)
Join the Machine Learning (ML) Cluster for a talk given by Karthik Kashinath (Lawrence Berkeley Lab). Abstract: ML provides novel and powerful ways of accurately and efficiently recognizing complex patterns, emulating nonlinear dynamics, and predicting the spatio-temporal evolution of weather and climate processes. ML and DL have had some remarkable successes in challenging problems in complex physical systems such as turbulent flows and weather and climate systems. However, off-the-shelf ML and DL models do not always obey the fundamental governing laws of physical systems, nor do they generalize well to scenarios on which they have not been trained. We discuss briefly approaches to incorporating physics and domain knowledge into ML models towards achieving greater physical consistency, reduced training time, improved data efficiency, and better generalization. Finally, we synthesize the lessons learned and identify scientific, diagnostic, computational, and resource challenges for developing truly robust and reliable physics-informed ML models for turbulence, weather, and climate processes. Find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

Call for Robert G. Raskin Scholarship Applications (due *TODAY* 3/15)
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students and early career researchers in the Earth or computer sciences. The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides a $5000 award and support to attend the ESIP Summer Meeting, where the recipient will have an invited talk covering their field of interest. The award is named in honor of long-time ESIP participant, Rob Raskin, who was an Earth science information partner extraordinaire and a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit our website.

Call for Charles S. Falkenberg Nominations (due 4/15)
The Charles S. Falkenberg Award is an annual award sponsored by AGU and ESIP to recognize an early to mid-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet. Learn more about the award, past recipients, and the nomination process here.

More News

EarthCube Annual Meeting: Call for Notebooks, Posters, Working Sessions & Student Opportunity
EarthCube welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to join the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting (6/15-6/17, ONLINE), which will have the theme of Net(working) for the Future. The call for notebooks, posters and working sessions is open through 4/15. New this Year: Ten to fifteen awards of up to $2,000 for students that target the development of  Python 3 notebooks that follow an EarthCube TAC template and leverage EarthCube projects (e.g., for research projects, for educational activities, and more broadly to illustrate tool capabilities will be available to students). Applications due 4/1. Please see here to learn more.

Request for applications for EDI Summer 2021 Fellowship Program (due 3/22)
The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is a project funded by NSF to provide professional data management, archiving and publishing to ecologists. EDI has 16 fellowships available in its Data Management Training Program (June 14 – August 19, 2021). Applications are now requested from undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students. Fellows will receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation and publishing with scientists and information managers for specific host research sites. An informational webinar for interested students will be held on 16 March 2021. Find detailed information on the fellowship program and on how to apply on EDI's webpage:

Center for Spatial Studies’ Lightning Talks (3/16 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT)
This annual series of ​3-minute​ lightning talks typically brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on thought-provoking ​spatial topics of all kinds​. Since this year this event will be held online, the event will include more broad participation across the globe, with an exciting lineup of speakers from the spatial community worldwide. If you would like to attend this light-hearted, thought-provoking event, please see here.

XSEDE HPC Workshop: BIG DATA and Machine Learning
XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, is pleased to present a two day Big Data and Machine Learning virtual workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark. Register by going to:

Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars
The Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars is an initiative by Geospatial Media and Communications to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of young individuals who are proactive and passionate about the value of geospatial technology to the economy and society. Selected from a list of over 250 high-quality nominations from the community, the Geospatial World board of editors agreed that these 50 candidates stand out at the top of their class and are well on their way to redefining the next generation geospatial leadership. You'll notice a few ESIP community participants in this round of Rising Stars – congrats to them!

Job Opportunities Channel in the ESIP Slack Workspace
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lively channel in the ESIP Slack where community members can post and view current job opportunities, like the one posted below. Please feel free to peruse and add openings you are aware of. To find the channel, join the ESIP Slack workspace and then join the #job-opportunities channel.

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