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

Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Time Presentation
18.00-20.00 Registration and Welcome Cocktail
Reception sponsored by the EUMEDCONNECT2 project
18.45
Formal opening ceremony


Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Time Presentation
09.00-09.45 Master of Ceremonies
David West, Project Manager EUMEDCONNECT2, DANTE
Session slides (pdf)
Welcome Addresses
Kostas Glinos, European Commission, Head of Unit F3 'GÉANT & e-Infrastructure', DG INFSO, European Commission

Pierre Deusy, European Commission, External Relations

Mashhour Abudaka, Minister of Telecom and Information Technology, Palestinian National Authority

Keynote Speech
Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Chair UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development Script (pdf)

Session 1: Roundtable discussion: Regional support for e-Infrastructures
09.45-10.30
MED ministers and senior officials will discuss the development of a regional association to form a permanent platform for collaboration among NRENs in the Mediterranean region, and their collaborations for Grid computing. The speakers will be invited to comment on their participation in these developments and their role in sustaining e-Infrastructures.
Session Chair:
Kostas Glinos, European Commission, Head of Unit F3 'GÉANT & e-Infrastructure', DG INFSO, European Commission

Panellists:
  • Mashhour Abudaka, Minister of Telecom and Information Technology, Palestinian National Authority Presentation (pdf)
  • Hesham El Deeb, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt Presentation (pdf)
  • Maher Suleiman, Director of the National Agency for Network Services, Ministry for Telecommunications, Syria Script (pdf)
  • Yousef Torman, Executive Director Jordanian Universities Network Presentation (pdf)
  • 10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
    Session 2: Euro-Mediterranean collaborative projects enabled by e-Infrastructures
    11.00 - 12.30 EUMEDCONNECT2 - a network for users

    This panel session will draw on the experience of projects currently using or planning to use e-Infrastructures to facilitate collaborative research and education activities.

    Session Chair: Federico Ruggieri - Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics, Coordinator of EUMEDGRID-Support project

    Panellists:
  • Amel Mrabet, Department of Neurology, EPS Charles Nicolle Hospital, Tunis - International collaboration on epilepsy surgery in Tunisia - a model for the future Presentation (pdf)
  • Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Academie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques, Morocco - High-performance networking in the context of the ATLAS particle physics experiment Presentation (pdf)
  • Torild van Eck, Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology (ORFEUS) - European E-science and Research Infrastructure initiatives in earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard; opportunities for cooperation across the Mediterranean Presentation (pdf)
  • Annamaria Marzetti, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy - ARIMNET- Coordination of agricultural research in the Mediterranean: e-Infrastructure tools Presentation (pdf)
  • Salem Al-Agtash, Yarmouk University, Jordan - TEMPUS project - ICT education in the globalized world of today: new challenges Presentation (pdf)
  • Cosimo Notarstefano, Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) - Learning from the Past, Looking at the Present, Moving into the Future Presentation (pdf)
  • Mohamed Swehli, Lybian Board of Medical Specialties Presentation (pdf)
  • 12.30-14.00 Lunch
    Session 3: Medium-term perspective of research networking development
    14.00-14.30 NREN sustainability
    Valentino Cavalli, TERENA
    Report on the sustainability of NRENs, positioning and funding from the TERENA study 'The Case for NRENs' Presentation (pdf)
    14.30-15.00 Telecommunications infrastructure in the Mediterranean: trends and opportunities
    Spiros Livieratos, GRNET (Greek Research and Education network) Presentation (pdf)
    15.00-15.30 Co-operating with Europe and the Mediterranean - the view from the Gulf
    Steven Winstanley, ANKABUT, UAE Presentation (pdf)
    15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
    16.00 - 17.00 Panel session: Building sustainable institutions for the Mediterranean

    Drawing on the experience of senior officials from the European Commission and the Mediterranean countries as well as representatives from other regions, this session will explore ideas for establishing institutions, securing stakeholders' commitment, and co-operative working to lead to sustainable e-Infrastructures.

    Session chair: Dany Vandromme, RENATER (French Research and Education network) Presentation (pdf)

    Panellists:
  • Dai Davies, General Manager, DANTE
  • Leonardo Flores Añover, European Commission, Information Society and Media Presentation (pdf)
  • Johnathon Chapman, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar Presentation (pdf)
  • Saleh Hashem Mustafa Abdel-Razeq, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities
  • 17.00 Closing Session

    Concluding remarks.