The use of e-Infrastructures is enabling a new wave of collaborative scientific research through remote access to computing services, instrumentation and resources bringing “real-world” benefits that impact our daily lives. The Conference on e-Infrastructures across the Mediterranean http://www.terena.org/eumedevent3/, 30-31 March 2010 in Brussels, Belgium, builds on the success of the previous EU-Med Events and marks an important step to progressing collaboration between countries of the Mediterranean region and European Union (EU) in the field of e-Infrastructures and networking for research and education.
These advanced, multi-layered platforms spanning networking, storage, supercomputing & grids, and access to shared scientific data not only help researchers to tackle scientific problems more effectively but also engender new scientific communities to work on similar challenges irrespective of their geographical location. Economies of scale can and need to be a cornerstone in the e-Infrastructure landscape, fostering further development and reaping rewards now and in the future.
This Conference brings together invited policy makers and civil servants from relevant ministries and institutions, executives and officials from international organisations such as the European Commission, the Arab League, UN agencies, private companies and foundations, as well as representatives from the user community to deliver insights into the state of play and future perspectives, define what is needed to further collaborative work on research and education and deliberate high-level policy issues. The event is by invitation only and organised and sponsored by three European funded projects chartered with fostering the creation of e-Infrastructures through important inter-related activities:
- EUMEDCONNECT2 (http://www.eumedconnect2.net, a research network that connects Europe with Africa, the Mediterranean rim and the Middle East.
- EUMEDGRID-Support (http://www.eumedgrid.org, promoting the deployment of e-Infrastructures, and supporting existing and new applications, policy development and training.
- GÉANT (http://www.geant.net: a world-leading pan-European research network, bringing together at gigabit speeds the networks of the national entities, NRENs, which are collectively represented by TERENA (Trans-European Research & Education Networking Association – www.terena.org).
Programme agenda: http://www.terena.org/activities/development-support/eumedevent3/
Venue: International Auditorium http://www.theinternationalauditorium.be/en/contact.php