In an effort to promote research data management skills and foster international collaboration, the EOSC Future initiative has announced its support for 10 participants who are residents in the Western Balkans and Ukraine to attend the EUDAT Summer School 2023. The event, hosted 26-30 June 2023 in Kajaani, Finland, will provide a comprehensive platform for participants to enhance their data management abilities.

The EUDAT Summer School 2023, organised in collaboration with the DICE project, aims to equip attendees with the necessary skills to excel in data management throughout the entire research data lifecycle. This includes various stages such as data discovery, data processing, data analysis, and data preservation and publishing. Renowned trainers will lead the sessions, combining theoretical lessons with practical hands-on exercises to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early, as the limited number of available slots will be accompanied by the financial support provided by EOSC Future. The funding will cover flights and accommodation expenses for the selected participants with the school itself being free, allowing them to fully engage in the immersive learning environment of the summer school.

For the first time in its history, the EUDAT Summer School will introduce two tracks: Users and Providers. The Users Track will cater to early career researchers, Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, and Postdoctoral students engaged in complex research environments. These participants will gain insights into the best practices of research data management, covering the entire research data lifecycle. Simultaneously, the Providers Track will target IT system administrators, community or data managers from research or academic institutions. This track is specifically designed for individuals interested in developing research data services for their respective communities, particularly those keen on deploying EUDAT services.

Upon completion of the summer school, all participants will receive a certificate of completion and a recommendation letter. These documents can be utilised to request extra European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits from their respective academic institutions, contributing to their academic programs.

Aside from the educational opportunities, attendees will have the chance to experience unique aspects of Kajaani and Finnish culture. Kajaani is known for its "midnight sun" phenomenon, where daylight persists even during the midnight hours, providing a captivating natural spectacle. The city, immersed in nature with its river, lake, and woods, offers participants the opportunity to explore the breathtaking Finnish landscapes. Additionally, participants can engage in Finnish traditions such as the Finnish sauna and savour the distinctive local cuisine.

Interested individuals are advised to submit their applications promptly, as the first deadline for application submissions is 15 May, with the final deadline on 26 May. While the topics of the summer school are subject to change closer to the date, the overall focus on strengthening research data management skills and promoting international collaboration will remain consistent.

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