Theme: Network(ing) for the Future


EarthCube welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to join the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting to be held virtually on June 15-17, 2021.


The heart of EarthCube is people. We put people first and do our best to recognize, appreciate, and respect the diversity of our global contributors. EarthCube welcomes contributions from everyone who shares our interests and wants to contribute in a healthy and constructive manner within our community.

Meeting objectives:

  • Networking

  • Learn about important opportunities on the horizon for EarthCube.

  • Share novel approaches used in geoscience research and the new tools, techniques, and data available to others as a result.

Call for Abstracts

Due April 15, 2021


EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to submit abstracts for:

Submission Process

All abstract submissions are due on April 15, 2021 and will be limited to 300 words in length. All abstracts are subject to review by the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting Organizing Committee.

Call for Posters


As with many scientific meetings and conferences, the poster sessions will be the key communication platform. Posters will be grouped thematically, and will be presented virtually via the networking platform: https://gather.town/ .  The date/time of your presentation and the size of the pdf poster will be communicated to presenters upon acceptance. The Organizing Committee members will accept only a single poster per presenter. Individuals co-author  multiple posters.  


In particular, we are interested in posters that:

  • Discuss science that uses or has been enabled by EarthCube;

  • Introduce science questions or projects looking to integrate EarthCube infrastructure;

  • Pair EarthCube infrastructure with projects that use the tools;

  • Showcase educational outcomes using EarthCube tools (notebooks, workshops, courses);

  • Are EarthCube tools;

  • Are integration activities that link EarthCube building blocks;

  • Show results from Research Coordination Networks;

  • Science and other activities of direct relevance to EarthCube’s mission; or

  • Dealing with social components of EarthCube research or topics not covered here.


Call For Notebooks


As scientific studies become more data intensive and software dependent, reproducibility principles and other factors increase the importance of making work such as reusable workflows, software, and data-access procedures citable. This importance is reflected in new academic journals, such as the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS), whose peer reviewed articles highlight the software itself, and often can include executable notebooks (such as Jupyter, R Studio, etc.) In this spirit, EarthCube is issuing its 2nd Call for Notebooks as primary, peer-reviewed submissions to a digital proceedings for this year’s EarthCube Annual Meeting.


Submitted notebooks should highlight a tool (i.e. software, service, library, dataset, standard), explaining and demonstrating interactively how the tool may be used to address a significant problem in geoscience.  There will be two tracks. One track will be focused on submissions where the goal is describing scientific outputs. In this case, the novelty is based on the analysis being done and the scientific conclusions drawn. The other is on demonstrating new software and tools. Here the emphasis is on new software and showing how it can be used. 


Submissions will be peer reviewed in terms of their impact on geoscience research and overall usability, by reviewers from the geoscience and cyberinfrastructure communities.  Authors of accepted notebooks will have the opportunity to present their notebook at the EarthCube Annual Meeting and their notebooks will be published in an EarthCube digital proceedings for others to discover, use, and cite.

  • Notebook abstracts are due April 15.

  • Final notebooks are due on May 15.


1) Submissions should provide a Jupyter notebook and use an EarthCube TAC template in Python 3 (an example can be viewed here, see the long version of the template for more details regarding the guidelines; please note that the final version of the template will be provided in early April.)

2) Authors should share their notebook in a self-contained runnable environment (e.g., use of Binder or Docker is strongly recommended), so that reviewers and the community can run the notebook without having to install required libraries locally. 

3) Submissions should take the form of an abstract (due April 15, 2021) and URL (due May 15, 2021)  to a repository containing the notebook.


Student Funding and Educational Opportunity: Application due April 1, 2021

​Ten to fifteen awards of up to $2,000 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 interested in gaining additional skills in scholarly communication/publication of their work. A noncomprehensive list of EarthCube tools can be found here.

To be eligible for funding, students need to be American citizens affiliated with a US institution. Financial support will be in the form of a check to non-University of California students. For University of California students financial support will be processed through Financial aid. 

Interested students must submit an application (here) by April 1, 2021, including an abstract which describes how the notebook will work and what EarthCube tool will be leveraged (not the notebook itself). Applicants will be notified in early April about whether their notebook will be considered as a finalist for an award. Final notebooks must be submitted by May 15, 2021, and award recipients will be notified in June, after a review process. 

A workshop on using the notebook template, the guidelines, and Binder (for enhancing long-term usability and reusability) will be organized in April and we strongly encourage applicants to attend. A Q&A session will also be organized in April, closer to the notebook submission deadline. 

This initiative is part of a long term commitment to promote well-documented and easily reusable code that leverages EarthCube tools. Though future opportunities may be open to other programming environments, the present call is restricted to Python 3 notebooks.


  • April 1 - student applications and abstracts due

  • April (early) - notification to student notebook finalists

  • April 15 - abstract deadline to annual meeting

  • April (Date TBA) - workshop and Q&A session

  • May 15 - Final notebook submission

  • June (Early) - review results and award recipients announced

  • June 15-17 -EarthCube  Annual Meeting

Template Notebook (final version of the template will be provided in early April):



Notebook Organizing Committee:

  • Hugh Shanahan - Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Matt Turk - University of Illinois

  • Ryan Abernathey - Columbia University

  • Keith Maull - NCAR

  • Donata Giglio - University of Colorado, EarthCube TAC

  • Lynne Schreiber - SDSC, UCSD - EarthCube Office

  • Dan Katz  - University of Illinois - EarthCube Office

  • Kenton McHenry - University of Illinois - EarthCube Office

Call for Working  Sessions


We welcome submissions for working sessions (formerly called breakout sessions). Working sessions may consist of mini hack-a-thons, do-a-thons, work-a-thons, or other kinds of sessions in which the EarthCube community is engaged to discuss particular questions, provide feedback on new technologies, or evaluate new frameworks for data policies, procedures, or workflows. The goal of working sessions are to move the community forward on particular topics of interest to the EarthCube community.


In particular we are interested in working sessions (mini hack-a-thons, do-a-thons, work-a-thons). No speakers or presenters allowed.  



    Jed Brown
    U of Colorado, Boulder
    James Gallager
  • Felimon Gayanilo
    Texas A&M U - Corpus Christi
    Nick Jarboe
    Leah LeVay
    Texas A&M University
    Amy Myrbo
    Lynne Schreiber UCSD-SDSC
Contact Lynne Schreiber with any questions or suggestions.

Get Social with #EarthCube2021

We welcome and encourage live-tweeting and sharing through social media during the meeting, using the hashtag #EarthCube2021.  A speaker or poster presenter who does not wish for content to be shared must explicitly state so at the beginning of their presentation.

  • Twitter
  • YouTube

​This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1928208).  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. For official NSF EarthCube content, please visit NSF/Earthcube.