LifeWatch ERIC is a European Infrastructure Consortium (established in 2017) providing e- Science research facilities to scientists seeking to increase our knowledge and deepen our understanding of Biodiversity organisation and Ecosystem functions and services in order to support civil society in addressing key planetary challenges.

LifeWatch ERIC seeks to understand the complex interactions between species and the environment, taking advantage of High-Performance, Grid and Big Data computing systems, and the development of advanced modelling tools to implement management measures aimed at preserving life on Earth. Combining a wide range of ICT tools and resources with deep knowledge of the domain, LifeWatch ERIC’s mission is to be a “first class” worldwide provider of content and services for the Biodiversity research community by:

● Offering new opportunities for large-scale scientific development Enabling accelerated data capture with innovative new technologies
● Supporting knowledge-based decision-making for biodiversity and ecosystem management
● Providing training, dissemination and awareness programmes.

The scope of the PacMAN project lays very much in line with the hard-core area of LifeWatch ERIC. Therefore, it will support this project by providing server and high-performance computing (HPC) resources to host the bioinformatics pipeline and other components that constitute the data processing infrastructure of the project.