Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Highlights from the 2024 NSF Research Infrastructure Workshop

Kitt Peak National Observatory, photo courtesy of Terry Fleury
Members of Trusted CI had an extraordinary experience at the 2024 NSF Research Infrastructure Workshop in Tucson, Arizona March 26-29. The workshop was held in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and co-hosted by NOIRLab, the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, and its Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab Facility. The week was full of important presentations; impactful meetings with representatives from Major Facilities, Mid-Scales, and NSF; as well as a set of tours that left a lasting impression on the workshop attendees. 

The RIW officially began on a Tuesday, but Trusted CI held its quarterly Research Infrastructure Security Community (RISC) meeting the day before, taking advantage of a number of Framework cohort members traveling to Tucson to attend the RIW. The RISC meeting included a presentation from NSF’s Cybersecurity Advisor for Research Infrastructure, Mike Corn, to discuss the upcoming revision of the NSF Research Infrastructure Guide and potential changes related to cybersecurity. On Tuesday evening, Trusted CI’s “Secure by Design” team participated in the poster session. Their poster, “Cybersecurity Risks to Large Science Projects,” won second place in the poster competition. 

Overall, the RIW program agenda emphasized topics that impact members of the Trusted CI community, notably the tracks on Cyberinfrastructure (Tuesday) and Cybersecurity (Thursday), as well as a plenary talk on Friday that covered a recent cybersecurity incident at one of the NOIRLab sites.

On Wednesday, in-person attendees were given the opportunity to join one of three different tours organized by the event committee: Kitt Peak National Observatory, Biosphere 2 or the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.

Trusted CI highly encourages members of the NSF cyberinfrastructure operations community to attend next year’s workshop and thanks the RIW organizers and co-hosts for another great event. Materials from this year's workshop will be posted soon to the NSF Research Infrastructure Knowledge Sharing Gateway.