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Gateways 2021: Program

The conference at a glance

Detailed Schedule

Call for Community Participation


The conference at a glance

The detailed schedule is posted below. All times are listed in Eastern time.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Tutorials

11:00 am-12:30 pm — 90-minute tutorials or first half of 3-hours tutorials

12:30 pm-1:00 pm — Break

1:00 pm-2:30 pm — 90-minute tutorials or second half of 3-hours tutorials

Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Panels, Lightning Talks, and Social Hour

11:00 am-11:45 am — Welcome and panel discussion on community building

11:45 am-12:30 pm — SGCI PI Panel—discussion on the Path Forward for SGCI

12:30 pm-1:00 pm — Break

1:00 pm-1:45 pm — Gateways conference Advisory Board panel—discussion on the Path Forward for the Gateways Conference series

1:45 pm-2:45 pm — Lightning Talks

2:45 pm-3:45 pm — Social interaction and continuation of discussions with pre-defined topics and open agendas

Thursday, October 21, 2021: Panels, Working Groups, and Lightning Talks

11:00 am-11:45 am — Panel on the Path Forward for Science Gateways

11:45 am-12:30 pm — Working sessions on selected Path Forward topics from submissions and the panels

12:30 pm-1:00 pm — Break

1:00 pm-2:00 pm — Lightning Talks

2:00 pm-2:30 pm —Closing/Discussions

A note about Lightning Talks:
Ten-minute recorded presentations of accepted lightning talks that were excellent and accepted but did not fit into the live program will be available for viewing on Gather Town and also on YouTube. 

Detailed Schedule

Tuesday, October 19 (Tutorials)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET
An Overview of the Apache Airavata Software Stack for Science Gateways Authors
Marlon Pierce, Eroma Abeysinghe, Marcus Christie, Eric Coulter, Suresh Marru, Sudhakar Pamidighantam, Rob Quick, Isuru Ranawaka, Jun Wang, Dimuthu Wannipurage

Session Chairs
Luis Cueva Parra
Rob Quick

Portable, Scalable, and Reproducible Scientific Computing: from Cloud to HPC (part one, continues in the afternoon)

Joe Stubbs, Anagha Jamthe, Steve Black, Sean Cleveland, Julia Looney 

Session Chairs
Sean Cleveland
Shannon Bradley
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET Break  
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

AID to DATA ~ Digital Archiving and Transformed Analytics -- Advanced Integral Digitalization via Machine Learning Automata

Sheldon Liang, Elijah MacCarthy, Clara Hall, Patricia Gardner

Session Chairs
Luis Cueva Parra
Shannon Bradley

SimTools: Software tools that are FAIR

Steven Clark, Daniel Padilla, Alejandro Strachan

Session Chairs
Ziheng Sun
Leigh Noble
Portable, Scalable, and Reproducible Scientific Computing: from Cloud to HPC (part two, continued from the morning) Authors
Joe Stubbs, Anagha Jamthe, Steve Black, Sean Cleveland, Julia Looney 

Session Chair
Sean Cleveland
Wednesday, October 20
11:00 am - 11:45 am ET Welcome & panel discussion on community building Panelists
Marisa Brazil, Anshu Dubey, Rafael Ferreira da Silva, Blake Joyce, Rebecca Koskela 
Session Chair
Sandra Gesing
11:45 am - 12:30 pm ET SGCI PI Panel—discussion on the path forward for the SGCI Panelists
Maytal Dahan, Sandra Gesing, Linda Hayden, Marlon Pierce, Claire Stirm, Mike Zentner

Session Chair
Leigh Noble
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET Break    
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm ET Gateways Conference Advisory Board panel — discussion on the path forward for the Gateways Conference Panelists
Christopher Erdmann, Ian Foster, Sandra Gesing, Gwen Jacobs, Rajesh Kalyanam, Annelie Rugg, Jack A. Smith, Mike Zentner

Session Chair
Leigh Noble
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm ET Lightning Talks (10 minutes each) Session Chair
Yan Liu
The Characteristics of Influencers and Opinion Leaders of Science Gateways and Cyberinfrastructure Authors
Alex Olshansky, Cassandra Hayes, Chaitra Kulkarni, Kerk Kee
Geographically-enabled Agent-based Model for COVID-19 Transmission Authors
Kaushik Ganapathy, Bailey Man, Jiaxi Lei, Ilya Zaslavsky
The National Microbiome Data Collaborative: a data science ecosystem for microbiome research Authors
Shane Canon, Danielle Christianson, William Duncan, Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh, Kjiersten Fagnan, David Hays, Marcel Huntemann, Sofya Lebedeva, Kayd Miller, Mark Miller, Nigel Mouncey, Chris Mungall, Tbk Reddy, Marisa Rudolph, Setareh Sarrafan, Jagadish Chandrabose Sundaramurthi, Deepak Unni, Pajau Vangay, Elisha Wood-Charlson, Faiza Ahmed, Jeffrey Baumes, Brandon Davis, Fnu Anubhav, Mark Borkhum, Lisa Bramer, Yuri Corilo, Mary Lipton, Douglas Mans, Lee Ann McCue, David Millard, Paul Piehowski, Anastasiya Prymolenna, Samuel Purvine, Rachel Richardson, Montana Smith, Kelly Stratton, Michal Babinski, Patrick Chain, Karen Davenport, Mark Flynn, Bin Hu, Julia Kelliher, Po-E Li, Chien-Chi Lo, Elais Player Jackson, Migun Shakya, Yan Xu, Meghan Drake, Stanton Martin, Bruce Wilson, Donny Winston
GenApp-Generated Science Gateway for NMR Data Analysis and Determination of Structural Ensembles of Biological Macromolecules Authors
Matthew Casertano, Raquel Gama Lima Costa, Emre Brookes, David Fushman
Platform for EpiGenomic Research (PEGR): A flexible management platform for reproducible epigenomic and genomic research Authors
Danying Shao, Gretta Kellogg, Ali Nematbakhsh, Prashant Kuntala, Shaun Mahony, B Frank Pugh, William Lai
STENCIL: A web templating engine for visualizing and sharing life science datasets Authors
Qi Sun, Ali Nematbakhsh, Prashant Kuntala, Gretta Kellogg, Frank Pugh, William Lai
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm ET Social interaction and continuation of discussions with pre-defined topics and open agendas  
Thursday, October 21
11:00 am - 11:45 am ET Panel on the path forward for science gateway technologies Panelists
Shannon Bradley, Steven Brandt, Sean Cleveland, Kerk Kee, Mark Perri

Sesson Chair
Sandra Gesing
11:45 am - 12:30 pm ET Working Sessions (happening concurrently) Session Chair
Luis Cueva Parra
SGCI Helps Shape SIMIODE Sustainability and More Authors
Brian Winkel
Introducing re3data – the Registry of Research Data Repositories Authors
Nina Weisweiler, Dorothea Strecker, Rouven Schabinger, Roland Bertelmann, Kirsten Elger, Lea Maria Ferguson, Maxi Kindling, Thanh Binh Nguyen, Heinz Pampel, Vivien Petras, Edeltraud Schnepf, Angelika Semrau, Margarita Trofimenko, Robert Ulrich, Paul Vierkant, Yi Wang, Michael Witt
The NPDS Cyberinfrastructure Author
Carl Taswell
Open OnDemand App Development and Integration Authors
Alan Chalker, David Hudak, Robert Settlage
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET Break  
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET Lightning Talks (10 minutes each) Sesson Chair
Luis Cueva Parra
Enriching scientific and interactive computing with project SCINCO: JupyterHub on Kubernetes

Anagha Jamthe, Joe Stubbs, Mike Packard, Joon Yee Chuah, Julia Looney, Gilbert Curbelo

Deploying Configurable and Containerized Science Gateways Authors
Alex Rocha, Sal Tijerina, Nathan Franklin
Tapis UI - A Rapid Deployment Serverless Science Gateway Built on the Tapis API Authors
Joon Yee Chuah, Jake Rosenberg, Keith Strmiska, Joe Stubbs, Sean Cleveland, Jared McLean
Portal for High-Precision Atomic Data and Computation Authors
Parinaz Barakhshan, Rudolf Eigenmann, Marianna Safronova, Bindiya Arora, Adam Marrs
The Development of A-RESCUE Online Task Management Authors
Christopher Thompson, Satish Ukkusuri, Hemant Gehlot, Zengxiang Lei, Rajat Verma, Jaiwei Xue, Xinwu Qian, Xianyuan Zhan, Shawn Rice, Carol Song
Towards Reproducible Research on CyberGISX with Lmod and Easybuild Authors
Alexander Michels, Anand Padmanabhan, Zhiyu Li, Shaowen Wang
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET Closing/Discussions  


Call for Community Participation



Gateways 2021 will be October 19-21.

Science gateways are end-to-end solutions with easy-to-use interfaces enabling the application of complex research infrastructures such as computing and data infrastructures, instruments, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education. They may also be known as portals, virtual research environments, eScience, virtual labs, eResearch, digital repositories, or research cyberinfrastructure.

Gateways 2021 is planned as an opportunity to influence the vision and mission of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), the gateways community, and the Gateways Conference series. It will offer diverse options for sharing work and networking in the community. The format includes tutorial sessions, panels, presentations in the form of lightning talks, and working sessions.

Relevant topics for submissions

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks, and technologies for science gateways
  • Science gateways sustaining productive, collaborative communities
  • Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
  • Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways
  • Science gateway usability, portals, workflows, and tools
  • Software engineering approaches for scientific work
  • Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability
  • AI and ML for science gateways
  • Social research on science gateways
  • Use cases and lessons learned from science gateways 

Presentation Options

All contributions will be subject to standard peer review on quality and relevance, which will decide acceptance of a lightning talk or tutorial. Abstracts and tutorials must not exceed 500 words and may include a diagram. Abstracts and tutorials will be published in Zenodo.

All submissions were due September 22, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent on September 30, 2021.

Abstracts for lightning talks and working sessions

We invite the submission of abstracts related to science gateways. 

In particular, we encourage submissions from application scientists and community members reporting their experiences with science gateways, requirements for future gateways, and visions for technologies.

Submission of an abstract may result in a lightning talk or a working session. Presenters of a lightning talk will be given a 10-minute time slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) to provide a summary and update to their work. Working sessions will be 45 minutes long.


Tutorials will receive slots of 90 minutes or 3 hours. A 3-hour tutorial will be presented in two 90-minute segments with a 30-minute break in the middle. Topics can include hands-on gateway-building techniques, gateway management issues, community-building activities, or the use of a specific tool. 

Please specify: (a) your proposed tutorial length, (b) recommended skill level (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisites (e.g., familiarity with specific software or technologies), and (c) the technology and/or software requirements necessary for someone to participate in the tutorial (e.g., do they need to install software or create an account before the tutorial?).

Instructions for submissions

All submissions were due by September 22, 2021.

Step 1: Prepare your submission.

Abstracts and tutorials must not exceed 500 words and may include a diagram.

Please use this template.

Save your file in PDF format.

Step 2: Upload your PDF submission.

Submission of all presentations is through EasyChair:

You will need to include the following information when you submit:

  • Title
  • Authors (including email and affiliation)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (maximum of 500 words)

 You will also be able to revise your abstract or upload an updated PDF until the September 22, 2021 submission deadline.

Step 3: Relax and wait until the review process is over.

Notification of acceptance will be sent on September 30, 2021.

It is a requirement that at least one author of each accepted submission attends the conference.">Please let us know if you have questions.

Call for Educational Gateways

If you run a science gateway that is used in undergraduate or graduate classrooms, we are interested in featuring you at Gateways 2021 via 3-minute videos. 

The broad questions are: 

  1. What works when trying to reach users of educational gateways? What doesn't work?
  2. How do you measure success?
  3. What are the differences between educational users and researchers?
  4. What kind of frameworks are you using?

We invite you to submit 3-minute videos by October 18, 2021, so we have time to upload the videos onto the conference platform before the start of the conference on the 19th.

For a list of gateways that support classroom use, see the "Used in the Classroom" tag in the Gateway Catalog (and add yours if it isn't there yet!).

Information for Presenters

Tutorials are on Tuesday from 11:00 am-12:30 pm and 1:00-2:30 pm. Please email us at if there are any preparations attendees should consider before attending a tutorial.

Lightning talks have a 10-minute slot and are on Wednesday from 1:45-2:45 pm and Thursday from 1:00-2:00 pm. Please plan for a 7-minute talk and 3-minute discussion. We need to be strict with the time.

Working sessions are occurring concurrently on Thursday between 11:45 am-12:30 pm.

Video presentations should be 10 minutes long and saved as an MP4 file. Please name it using the first author's name and submission title.

Please contact us at with any questions.