I was at the German eScience conference last week. Germany created its "D-Grid" project a couple of years ago, under the leadership of Wolfgang Gentzsch. Wolfgang is a great guy, so I expected D-Grid to do good things. My impression is that it has done very well. They are pursuing a variety of interesting application projects.
D-Grid does not require the use of any particular software: they support Globus, gLite, and Unicore. The result is, apparently, that "11-12 of their 15 application projects are using Globus." That's the sort of endorsement I like to see.
The German eScience Conference was the first international conference at which they presented the results of this program and other related activities. It was impressive to see what they have achieved. The number of international participants was limited, which was a shame. Hopefully next year the numbers will grow. Baden Baden is a lovely place, and the conference was excellent.
I gave the latest version of my talk on "Scaling eScience Impact." I think it's an important message to deliver and I always enjoy the opportunity to present it. (Update: Video is available.)