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Introduction to Ontologies

Every field creates ontologies to limit complexity and organize information into data and knowledge. As new ontologies are made, their use tends to significantly improve problem solving within that domain. For example, translating research papers within every field is a problem made easier when experts from different countries maintain a controlled vocabulary of jargon between each of their respective languages.

In recent years, the development of ontologies has found a very broad range of applications, reaching much farther scopes than its origins in the realm of Artificial-Intelligence laboratories. Ontologies have in particular become ubiquitous across the World-Wide Web. The ontologies on the Web can vary for instance from large taxonomies categorizing the results delivered by search engine websites (such as Google), to the classification of products for sale together with their features and qualities (such as on


In summary, an ontology defines a common vocabulary for researchers who need to share information in a domain. It includes machine-interpretable definitions of basic concepts in the domain, and the relations among them. Why would someone want to develop an ontology? Some of the most common reasons are:

– To share common understanding of the structure of information among people or software agents
– To enable reuse of domain knowledge
– To make domain assumptions explicit
– To separate domain knowledge from the operational knowledge
– To analyze domain knowledge


An example representation of a simple ontology, describing an instance of people-workplace relation, is shown in the image below, for illustrative purposes:


EMMC Workshop within the 2019 EMMC-eSSENCE Meeting

Within the 2019 eSSENCE-Multiscale Modelling Meeting, June 3-5, 2019 at Uppsala, Sweden a special feature will be the  European Materials Modelling Council-supported workshop on

Materials and molecular modelling in the 21st century: Physics-based and data-driven?“ 

For detailed information on schedule, accommodation … please visit the event page!

Organisation, Contact & Support:

This is an open event. More information from Kersti Hermansson (Uppsala University) go to “Contacts” on the event webpage.

The meeting is supported by:

This event receives funding via the EMMC-CSA project from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC Case Study DOW

EMMC and DOW present the CASE STUDY

Modelling Drop Impact Test of Flexible Pouches Made of Thin Polyethylene Films

Interview of Hein Koelman, Dow
Writers: Alexandra Simperler and Gerhard Goldbeck (Goldbeck Consulting)

The case is based on a market demand for novel and lightweight flexible food packaging replacing rigid forms of packaging, including rigid plastic, glass or metal. These “pouches” are indeed very lightweight and also do not take up much volume when disposed of. However, ….


This work has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC Expert Group Meeting on Strategies for large companies and SMEs to engage in materials modelling


May 16, 2019, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm


Drayton Room, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR


People, tool, process and data can be seen as the four pillars of a successful deployment of materials modelling in the industrial community. During this meeting, we would like to develop strategies with leading modelling experts in industry through discussions. 

More ….. on the event page

Organisation & Contact

This is an “invitation-only” event; invited experts will be contacted by the organizers.
Please do not book travel and accommodation before you have been awarded a place on this workshop in writing.

Workshop organisation: Gerhard Goldbeck (Goldbeck Consulting)


This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project
from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867

EMMC-CSA Webinar – Introductions to Ontology and Interoperability – Presentations available now!!


Please find the presentations of the EMMC-CSA Webinar given by Dr. Alexandra Simperler ( Goldbeck consulting) on the eventpage!



In case you have any questions regarding the webinar please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Simperler. (email:


The organisation of the webinar was supported
by the funded EU project EMMC-CSA, Grant Agreement No. 723867.

EMMC Expert Meeting on Business Aspects of Digital Marketplaces


EMMC-CSA partner FRAUNHOFER is organising an expert meeting on business aspects of materials modelling marketplaces on May 6-7, at EPFL, Lausanne, CH.


The objective of the meeting is to bring together experts to exchange ideas and explore potential business models for sustainable operations of online European digital marketplace platforms. These platforms act as Digitalisation Innovation Hubs for next generation materials development and combine services for materials modelling, translation, education, software, data repositories and hardware (e.g., access to HPC backends).

More details is available on the event page.

Organisation & Contact

This is an “Invitation-only” event. You will be contacted by the organisers. 

For further information please contact Adham Hashibon (Fraunhofer IWM)  & Welchy Leite Cavalcanti (Fraunhofer IFAM) 

This event is co-organised by EPFL.




This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project
from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 72386

EMMC workshop on Physics-based vs data-driven models


The EMMC workshop on “physics-based vs data-driven models”
was run inside the conference

“Multi-scale modelling (Coupling and linking) of materials and
molecules in the 21st century: Physics-based or data-driven?”

June 11-13, 2018 at the Ångström Laboratory of Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden



Report on the EMMC Workshop

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The conference had the purpose to bring together two scientific communities: the more traditional modelers using and developing physics-based methods and models and those applying and creating data-based informatics models now more and more rapidly entering into materials modelling. As they represent two different schools but still solving similar problems it created continuous debate on the pros and cons of both methods but also an agreement that they will both develop together and complement each other, especially, when more and more reliable data appear and become accessible to the community. The current status of data was a frequently touched topic; should all data be open to everybody or not? How should it be organized? Do we need ontologies? Also an open EMMC session was included to discuss this current report for the European Commission.

As far as we are aware, this was the first meeting of its kind anywhere, i.e. a meeting with exactly this focus. The interest from industry was significant with participation from DCS Computing, DSM (a Dutch multinational company in the fields of health, nutrition and materials), Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations SA (Luxembourg), Virtual Lab (Korea), Granta design (UK), Materials Design S.A.R.L (France), Solvay S.A. (big chemical company, France), Swerea KIMAB AB, Unilever Research, ACCESS e.V., Dow Benelux B.V., Noruna AB. Still on the non-academic side, the following industry-active institutes were represented: Teknova AS (Norway), Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geestacht and more. There were over a hundred participants from 16 countries. The audience was composed of junior and senior experts in academia and in industry as well as software developers and translators. Specialised presentations as well as expert-talks of a more tutorial character were included. Every scientific session ended with a summary of the highlights raised by speakers and audience collected by the chair-persons.

More information on the Conference and Workshop you will find on the event page!


Prof. Kersti Hermansson  –  go here

Support & Funding

This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 723867

and is arranged in co-operation with:  CECAM-Sweden