In the period from 1 March 2006 until 31 August 2007, and as part of the GN2 (GEANT2) project, a Foresight Study will be carried out into the evolution of research and education networking in Europe. The Foresight Study will provide inputs for initiatives that could help to keep the evolution of European research networking at the forefront of worldwide developments, and enhance the competitiveness of the European Research Area. It will prepare the ground for the planning of the development of research and education networking infrastructure and services after the completion of the GN2 project, at the local, national, European and intercontinental level.

The initial workshop was held in the Dolce Berlin Müggelsee Hotel and Conference Centre, where around 100 stakeholders, users and providers of research networks, managers and policy makers came together to discuss the future development of the research and education networks in Europe. Opinions were heard about the expected requirements of researchers, teachers and other users, about new opportunities offered by technological developments and about organisational, managerial and policy issues.

After an introductory plenary session, the group split into groups where smaller breakout meetings took place to discuss specific issues.