November 14, 2022 - November 15, 2022

Einstein St.Gallen (conference & overnight stay)

On the topic

The ICT Focus event will discuss research infrastructure in higher education with national and international experts. We will showcase planned developments and discuss about the challenges and future needs of a robust and accessible infrastructure.

Language of the event will be English.

That was the ICT Focus 2022


12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 13:40

Einstein Saal

Moderation: Marco Dütsch, Head of Community Solutions, SWITCH

13:40 - 14:30
Community welcome

Einstein Saal

José Gomez
14:30 - 15:25
SWITCH update

Einstein Saal

Tom Kleiber, Managing Director, SWITCH

Visho Jesudasan, Head of Sourcing, Architecture & Operations, SWITCH

15:25 - 15:55
Coffee break

15:55 - 16:15
Research infrastructure: view from SERI

Einstein Saal

Nicole Schaad
16:15 - 17:10
National research infrastructures 2025-2028: panel discussion

With BioMedIT, CAT+ West, IMPACT, Swiss Bio Data Ecosystem, SDSC+, Swiss Quantum Communication Infrastructure

Moderated by Christoph Witzig, Strategic Projects SWITCH

Katrin Crameri, Florian de Nanteuil , Christophe Dessimoz, Marc Janoschek, Fernando Perez Cruz, Rob Thew
17:10 - 17:15
Meet the SWITCHies

Einstein Saal

18:00 - 18:30
Networking and apéro

@ Tibits

18:30 - 19:10
Is our brain fit for modern communication?

@ Tibits

Lutz Jäncke
19:10 - 22:00

@ Tibits

08:30 - 08:35
Welcome 2nd day

Einstein Saal

Marco Dütsch, SWITCH

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 1

Interconnecting institutional repositories: challenges and opportunities in light of the Connectome project (EN, EN, DE)

Semantic enrichment of metadata and the use of common ontologies allow to improve the interoperability and discoverability of the digital objects in Institutional repositories (IRs) . The Connectome project, launched and coordinated by SWITCH, might make an important contribution to achieving this.

In this World Café we like to share information about the work done so far and the planned next steps, and in particular to discuss with you if and how the Connectome project can help to add value to IRs.

There are three main points that we would like to dive deep in discussions with you:

First: Interconnecting IRs with specific Open Data and discipline-specific repositories, promises to increase their scientific relevance. What solutions are you implementing in this regard? do you see the role of a national infrastructure in supporting this process?

Second: IRs play a role in the green road to open access: Do you think that an increase in interoperability can improve this function? Do you see a possibility to make contributions published in IRS available as enhanced publications by linking them to scientific data sets and Open data?

Third: Another approach to increasing the relevance for researchers is to link IRs more closely with research information systems so that the completeness of the research profiles of individual researchers becomes possible. What solutions are you implementing in this regard? Do you see a role for a national infrastructure in supporting these processes?

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 2

Developing a data strategy at SWITCH to support the Swiss education, research and innovation community (EN, DE, EN)

While our society is becoming more and more digitized, we often hear that “data is the new oil”. The current trends suggest that not only industry will be making data-driven decisions, but data and analytics will also become relevant to education, research, and innovation communities.

In our World Café we would like to discuss collaboration possibilities for implementation of preliminary action areas, which have been identified within the data strategy development at SWITCH to support the Swiss education, research, and innovation community:

For research data:

·     solutions for fostering interoperable and shareable research data environment for active research data between the existing independent university repositories, i.e. a Swiss research data space

For education data:

·     solutions for lifelong learning and personal learning portfolio, i.e. digital badges connected to edu-ID and/or e-verify

For both: 

·     support and consulting with legal and/or ethical aspects of both research and education data, i.e. webinars, in-house trainings, a help


We would kindly like to invite you to join us and very much looking forward to your opinions, suggestions and to fruitful discussions!

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 3

SWITCHlegal Helpdesk (EN, DE, DE)

Like the world in general, the legal world is becoming increasingly complex. In these fast-moving times, we are dealing with constant revisions of existing laws as well as the creation of new laws. Due to constantly growing cross-border cooperations, international laws and national laws of other countries must also be observed more and more. Coupled with ever stricter compliance regulations, it is easy to lose track.

Therefore, SWITCHlegal is more than happy to support you with its expertise. SWITCHlegal is the competent partner for Higher Education Institutions including research institutes (HEI) in Switzerland in all matters of ICT law in particular but also beyond and ensures that the HEI Community is always up to date on important legal topics.

As such, we cordially invite you to visit the SWITCHlegal Helpdesk at the World Café. Tell us what legal topics are currently on your mind and ask us your legal questions. Current hot topics include:

·     risk analyses for data transfers abroad;

·     legally compliant use of the Old Age Insurance (AHV) number at HEI;

·     legally compliant use of electronic signatures;

·     etc.

We look forward to meeting you and to having many lively discussions!

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 4

SWITCH edu-ID in the context of the Swiss eID (DE, FR, EN)

In our Trust & Identity World Café we would like to discuss with you our goals, ambitions and activities - including our collaborations with the Swiss Federal Office for Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (BIT).

Since the e-ID law was rejected by the Swiss voters in March 2021, a lot has happened. SWITCH officially became involved in this topic after the rejection, as it was clear that e-ID would not be provided by a private company and that an approach based on SSI (self-sovereign identities) became an option. As a foundation and as one voice of the higher education community, it was subsequently our duty to represent the opinion from the higher education community, which we have been doing to date.

In this World Café we would like to give you a quick tour d’horizon of SWITCH’s current fields of activity in relation to the Swiss e-ID to the benefit of the higher education community at large. We will discuss with you the role of the SWITCH edu-ID, so that, once e-ID has been introduced, we can support our community as effectively as possible - be it in connecting to the new emerging infrastructure in Switzerland, but also in connecting to similar infrastructures abroad.

You are warmly invited to take an active part in the discussion and help to shape the digital identity of tomorrow!

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 5

Inside SWITCH edu-ID - Insights into our current activities (EN, DE, EN)

In recent years, an idea has become reality. With the SWITCH edu-ID, we have been serving the higher education community with a data privacy-compliant identity for several years.

Over the past years, we have supported several universities in the onboarding of the SWITCH edu-ID. With over 750 thousand users, we represent a large community with a variety of needs. This implies a corresponding responsibility, which we, the Trust & Identity team, take seriously each day. For us, the SWITCH edu-ID is more than just a service. It is a commitment to our university customers to give our best. To provide a secure, stable, and future-proof identity. We would like to support the higher education community with the latest efforts in the field of digital identity.

In this World Café we will present the most important current activities and development ideas for the future. We look forward to the feedback of the community and the discussion on the future direction of edu-ID.

Every day, we work passionately for the success of your institution users and the whole user community of the SWITCH edu-ID.

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 6

Supporting research infrastructures and their users (EN, DE, FR)

Some scientific disciplines have relied for quite some time on centrally operated research infrastructures instead of local instruments on Campus. (High-energy physics at CERN or PSI may serve as an intuitive example). They have formed collaborations and have offeredservices to each other, often independent of the IT Services. Given the ever-increasing specialization and complexity of research coupled with corresponding rising costs, it can be expected that this trend will not only continue but accelerate. As of now, several national research infrastructures [1] are being planned for the next BFI period 2025-2028. They vary in scope, size and complexity. It can be expected that some of these infrastructures will have to interact with IT services and/or their users need or expect support from their local IT Services.

In this world café, we reflect on the impact of this development on IT Services and discuss the following questions:

1. How do IT Services support researchers today? What works? What doesn’t?

2. What does it mean for the IT Services if researchers increasingly use services, resources and data that are no longer on campus but remote? Or vice-versa: through collaborations suddenly researchers from other institutions need access to local resources? 

3. Are there already relations between these research infrastructures and IT Services at your institution today? If so, how are they? What experiences have you made?

4. What services can (or cannot) SWITCH offer in the intersection between research IT, research infrastructures, their users and the local IT Services. 

Note: At this year’s ICT Focus, there will be also a panel discussion on the first day with representatives from several national research infrastructures.

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 7

SWITCH is building a cloud infrastructure for the community (EN, EN, DE)

Not all data and applications require the same level of protection and governance. Those who use the new cloud receive the highest level of digital sovereignty, data protection and co-creation. SWITCH's cloud relies on the latest hardware and certified datacentres in Switzerland. Our offer is rounded up by a "trustworthy partnership" and our community-oriented sales and service organisation.

In addition to the community cloud, we also want to support our customers on their way into the public cloud.

In this World Café, we would like to find out together how we can support your cloud journey. You are warmly invited to actively participate in the discussion and help shape your cloud of tomorrow!

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 8

Meet & Greet Tom Kleiber (Managing Director, SWITCH)

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 9

Meet & Greet Lead Community SOC, Jens-Christian Fischer (Team Leader Community Shared SOC, SWITCH)

(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

08:35 - 10:00
World Café 10

Community topic


(3 sessions of 25 minutes)

10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
10:45 - 11:45
Parallel session - IT services

Room Spisegg

Philippe Morel: Aquisition of VM/ware/Broadcom at EPFL

Simon Leinen, SWITCH: SCION at GÉANT - Increasing the global footprint 

A team of people from SWITCH, ETHZ and OVGU Magdeburg successfully deployed a SCION backbone infrastructure within the GÉANT network. This allows other research and education networks to easily connect to a SCION infrastructure providing more global footprint. 

Jens-Christian Fischer, SWITCH: Update Community SOC and CloudSOC Update with University of Basel 

Mid 2022 SWITCH started to build the CommunitySOC. Currently 8 institutions are participating. This session will describe the current state of the CommunitySOC and one of the main projects it is currently undertaking - A Microsoft Sentinel based Security Operations service.

Philippe Morel
10:45 - 11:45
Parallel session: lifelong learning

Room Buchegg

Ellen Lerouge: Blockchain technology for the Student of the Future

Within the UNA Europa alliance ICTS KU Leuven developed several proofs of concepts, in which the digitized credits,

diplomas and certificates are exchanged between the university of Bologna (UNIBO) and the university of Leuven (KU Leuven).

The proof of concepts demonstrates clearly how these digital exchanges are solidly and safely performed through a digital wallet

and EBSI, the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure.

Moderated by Christoph Graf (Program Manager, SWITCH)

Ellen Lerouge
10:45 - 11:45
Parallel session - international research infrastructure

Room Friedegg

Speaker: Mirjam van Daalen

International research infrastructures create/increase the attractiveness of science and technology throughout the world. Switzerland's participation in international infrastructures, therefore, strengthens its position as a location for research and innovation. It is all the more important to have a foot in the door, a relationship with ESFRI and EOSC, which not only produce scientific data used by highly competitive research communities but also ensure quality control (FAIR) of the datasets produced. Mirjam van Daalen will explain the international ESFRI/EOSC ecosystem, highlight its activities with use cases for CH and show the added value for Switzerland and its workplace in the open research community.

Moderated by Kurt Baumann (Data Engineer, SWITCH)

Mirjam van Daalen
11:50 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:40
Blockchain, NFT and Crypto art

Since last year, NFT and Digital Art have become a hot topic in the art world. Nina Roehrs, expert for art in the digital age, introduces what is, for many, a new world: art in the context of blockchain and NFTs.

Nina Roehrs
13:40 - 13:50
13:50 - 14:20
Farewell snack
14:30 - 14:50
Shuttle to the University St. Gallen

Organized shuttle by SWITCH (luggage can be carried along)

15:00 - 16:30
Art tour @ HSG (guided art tours)

Guided tours give us an insight into the art collection of the University of St. Gallen and the new meeting center "SQUARE".

First art @ HSG: https://www.unisg.ch/de/universitaet/besucher/kunstfuehrungen/kunstgalerie followed by a visit at

SQAURE: https://www.hsg-square.ch/de/


Katrin Crameri
Director Data Coordination Center, SPHN, Group Leader SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Dr. Katrin Crameri is committed to advancing better research for better health and the development of Switzerland as a research location of excellence. As director of the Data Coordination Center of the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) and group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, she currently manages the development of national research infrastructures for personalized health and data-driven research approaches. Katrin is a molecular biologist with a PhD in neuroscience and a master's degree in public health. Since 2015, she has been active in various national and international committees for an efficient and responsible use of health data.

Florian de Nanteuil
Laboratory Head SwissCAT+ West, EPFL

Dr. Florian de Nanteuil is the laboratory head at SwissCAT+ West HUB (EPFL). He is in charge of the creation of an automated and autonomous laboratory for the discovery and optimization of catalytic processes. Before that, he spent four years as a lab head for the discovery of perfumery new ingredients at Firmenich. He holds a Master degree form the French graduate school of Chemistry of Montpellier and, a PhD in organic synthesis from EPFL.

Christophe Dessimoz
Associate Professor at the Department of Computational Biology, and Executive Director of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

Prof. Dr. Christophe Dessimoz studied biology at ETH Zurich and obtained his PhD in computer science from the same institution. After a postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute near Cambridge (UK), he joined University College London as Lecturer, then Reader, then Professor. In 2015, he moved his main activities to the University of Lausanne, first as SNSF Professor, then as Associate Professor. Since 2016, Christophe is also a group leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. In 2022, he became joint executive director of SIB.

José Gomez
Academic Head of Teaching Development, HSG

Prof. Dr José Gomez has been Vice-Rector of Continuing Education and Services at the PHSG since 2018. His commitment to the IT education offensive of the Canton of St.Gallen is particularly noteworthy. Before joining the PHSG, José Gomez studied business administration and business education at the University of St.Gallen and earned his doctorate. He then worked for several years at the then University of Applied Sciences St.Gallen in various functions. In the foreseeable future, José Gomez will leave the PHSG and take up the position of "Academic Head of Teaching Development" at the University of St.Gallen.

Lutz Jäncke
Neuroscientist and psychologist

Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the Psychological Institute of the University of Zurich. He has been scientifically studying the human brain and behavior for decades. Especially the individuality, the extraordinary, the ability to learn but also the tremendous irrationality of humans have fascinated him for many years.

Marc Janoschek
Head Laboratory for Neutron and Muon Instrumentation, PSI

Prof. Dr. Marc Janoschek is the head of the Laboratory for Neutron and Muon Instrumentation (LIN) at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). LIN’s mission is the operation and development instrumentation for the SINQ and UCN neutron sources as well as the SμS muon source at PSI. Marc is also the project leader for the 35 MCHF PSI-ESS project (funded via Swiss in-kind contributions) that delivers state-of-the-art contributions to five of the 15 instruments of the European Spallation Source — Europe’s next neutron flagship facility — currently under construction in Lund, Sweden. He also is an associate professor at the University of Zurich where he heads the correlated quantum matter group, which uses large-scale research facilities to reveal the functional properties of quantum materials.

Ellen Lerouge
SAP SLcM Product Owner, KU Leuven

SAP Student Lifecycle business analyst and product owner, software architect, integration engineer, IT all rounder within KU Leuven ICTS

Philippe Morel
Head of the IT Operations & Infrastructure Department (ITOP), EPFL

Philippe Morel is the head of the IT Operations & Infrastructure Department (ITOP) at EPFL. ITOP's mission is based on 4 functions that structure the management of EPFL's IT infrastructure from the design phase to operational activities. They are Design and planning of an infrastructure adapted to the needs and requirements of the business; Deployment and implementation of projects, change management; Operations management for services in production and finally Technical support and expertise. He is also a member of the Switch Foundation Board and also a member of the Operations Committee of Campus Biotech.

Fernando Perez Cruz
Deputy Executive Director SDSC, ETHZ

Prof. Fernando Perez-Cruz is the deputy executive director, the chief data scientist at the Swiss Data Science Center, and a Professor in the Computer Science department at ETH Zurich. Fernando received a PhD. in Machine Learning from the Technical University of Madrid. He has been a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs and an Associate Professor with the Department of Signal Theory and Communication at University Carlos III in Madrid. Fernando was a Marie Curie fellow at Princeton University and a Research Scientist at Amazon. He has also held positions at the Gatsby Unit (London), Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen), and BioWulf Technologies (New York). His current research interest lies in machine learning and its application to sciences and engineering.

Nina Roehrs
Co-Founder of Roehrs & Boetsch

Dr. Nina Roehrs (based in Zurich and the Engadin) is a business economist with 14 years of experience in the financial sector and an expert on art in the digital age. In 2016, she co-founded Roehrs & Boetsch, whose program is dedicated to the influence of digitalization on art and society. Today, she supports players (mostly) in the cultural sector in their digital transformation. In 2021 and 2022, Nina Roehrs was awarded as Digital Shaper by Bilanz. And she is the curator of the first institutional art exhibition on blockchain and NFT in Switzerland, opening in October 2022 at Kunsthalle Zurich.

Nicole Schaad
Head of Unit National Research, SBFI

Deputy Director of Division Research and Innovation SERI, State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation SBFI

Rob Thew
Group Leader Quantum Technologies Group, University of Geneva

Dr. Rob Thew is a senior researcher and group leader in the Quantum Technologies group at the University of Geneva. He studied at the University of Queensland in Australia, and received his PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 2006. Rob Thew is an expert in quantum communication, spanning fundamental to applied topics, and from technology development to systems integration as well as working on quantum sensing in bio and molecular systems. He is chair of the Strategic Research Agenda Work Group for the European Quantum Flagship and also the founding Editor-in-Chief for the IOP journal: Quantum Science and Technology.

Mirjam van Daalen
Paul Scherrer Institute & Chair, ESFRI TF on EOSC

Mirjam van Daalen has a PhD in structural Geology and is currently director of communications at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). During her work at PSI since 2009, first as Science Officer of the SwissFEL project and after as chief of staff of the Photon Science Division she has a strong expertise in the field of building and running RIs. In 2020 she was very involved in creating ARIE a consortium of seven Europe-wide research networks that are working together to address the Missions of HE. Since 2018 Mirjam is Swiss Delegate in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) mandated by Swiss state Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. While coordinating and participating in EU FP7 and HZ2020 projects, she gathered long term experience in the development of policy frameworks on the European level and creation of a sustainable federated open data infrastructure, integrating the existing user data systems, data management and data analysis systems of the European Photon and Neutron facilities. Mirjam was Swiss delegate for the working group on EOSC sustainability of the EOSC secretariat and was chairing the ESFRI taskforce on EOSC until March 2022. She is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Federated IT Services Project HIFIS and chair of the Beamline for Tomography at SESAME (BEATS) steering committee. She was strongly involved in the new League of European Accelerator Based Photon Sources (LEAPS), and was vice-chair of its coordination board until 2020.

Conference location and overnight stay

Einstein Congress St. Gallen (Campus E)

Berneggstrasse 2

9000 St. Gallen

T 071 227 55 55



Please note, that we do not make hotel room reservations.

Dinner location


Bahnhofpl. 1A

9000 St. Gallen

Overnight stay recommendation

Hotel Walhalla

Poststrasse 27

CH-9000 St. Gallen

T 071 228 28 00



Please note, that we do not make hotel room reservations.