GÉANT Association to lead European collaboration in the development of research and education infrastructures

Prague, 15 October 2014. On the initiative of the community of European national research and education networks (NRENs), the GÉANT Association was formed by uniting two institutions: TERENA and DANTE. The Czech academic association CESNET is a member of both. TERENA and DANTE have thus been reorganized under a unified governance structure.

GEANT Association logoThe membership of TERENA and the shareholders of DANTE voted to proceed with this step in Berlin on 7 October this year. The restructuring represents a new phase in almost thirty years of collaborative research and education networking in Europe.

The decision to unite was initiated by the community of European NRENs, which were served by both DANTE and TERENA. In October 2012 the community agreed it needed a new strategy in order to achieve its tasks arising from the European Commission’s vision for the future of research and innovation, ‘Horizon 2020’.

The main benefits of the unification of the two institutions will be simplified governance, more efficient management, more flexible use of resources and a more inclusive membership. There will be no service disruption while the process of integration is completed.

‘The GÉANT Association is the leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness,’ said Pierre Bruyère, Chair of the interim board of the GÉANT Association.

The newly appointed interim CEO of the GÉANT Association is Bob Day. He said that the restructuring ‘will create a vehicle to coordinate the community’s approach to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme’.

More about the GÉANT Association http://www.geant.org

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. With its research activities and accomplishments, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network building project and grid projects (EGI.eu), and participates actively in their implementation.

Last change: 17.10.2014