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EU-Med Event 3
Conference on e-Infrastructures across the Mediterranean

Aim of the event

Following successful editions in 2007 in Brussels and in 2008 in Amman respectively, at the request of the Mediterranean research and education networks (NRENs) a 3rd EU-Med event on e-Infrastructures (EU-Med 3) took place. It marked a return to Europe, and was held in Brussels. The event started in the evening of 30 March 2010 and the main programme took place on 31 March 2010.

EU-Med 3 built on the policy discussions of previous events by bringing together senior stakeholders from Europe, the southern Mediterranean rim and the Middle East as well as experts to discuss collaborations in e-Infrastructures and networking for research and education.

The programme featured presentations by experts who provided insights into the status and perspectives of e-infrastructures in the Mediterranean. It also included interactive sessions that gave ample space to the voice and experience of members of the user community. Finally, it provided an opportunity to explore longer-term stability and sustainability options of regional e-Infrastructures, specifically the research and education network EUMEDCONNECT2 and the Grid computing project EUMEDGRID, discuss network extension to neighbouring countries and examine future funding and management structures for the network. Including the development of the CAMREN regional consortium.

Participants

Following the success of the previous EU-Med events, this conference brought 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.

Hosts

The third EU-MED event was hosted by three sponsoring projects that foster the creation of e-infrastructures in the Mediterranean region: EUMEDCONNECT2, EUMEDGRID-Support and the Development Support activity of GÉANT, all co-funded by the European Commission. The event was organised by the managers of the sponsoring projects (DANTE, the Italian NREN Consortium GARR and TERENA respectively) with support from their Mediterranean and European partners.

Venue

The third EU-Med Event took place at the International Auditorium in Brussels, Belgium with hotel accommodation nearby.