GÉANT picks up 1st prize for ‘Driving technology across the digital divide’
Cambridge, UK | 08 March 2013
GÉANT has received first prize in the Excellent Science category for its entry ‘Driving technology across the digital divide’
Winners were announced at the
10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting, held this week in Brussels. The meeting was organised by the European Commission Services with the support of the e-ScienceTalk project. Its aim was to bring projects together to discuss issues related to the completion of the 7th Framework Programme and the start of an e-infrastructures activity during
Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).
The objective of the FP7 Success Story Competition was to highlight the three best success stories from the FP7 Capacities funding programme in e-Infrastructures.
The Excellent Science category showcased how the project has raised the level of excellence in Europe's science base, making it an attractive location for the world’s best researchers. Success stories were used to highlight examples of how the project supported the best ideas, developed talent within Europe, or provided researchers with access to priority research infrastructure.
Dorte Olesen receiving the award from Kostas Glinos
GÉANT is the high speed European communication network dedicated to research and education. In combination with its NREN partners, GÉANT creates a secure, high-speed research infrastructure that serves 40 million users in over 8,000 institutions across 40 European countries. Building on the success of its predecessors, GÉANT has been created around the needs of users, providing flexible, end-to-end services that transform the way that researchers collaborate. GÉANT is at the heart of global research networking through wide ranging connections with other world regions, underpinning vital projects that bridge the digital divide and benefit society as a whole.
The network and associated services comprise the GÉANT project (GN3plus), a collaborative effort comprising 40 project partners: 37 European NRENs, DANTE, TERENA and NORDUnet (representing the 5 Nordic countries), and 30 Open Call project partners. GÉANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe's NRENs.
DANTE is a non-profit organisation, coordinator of large-scale projects co-funded by the European Commission, and working in partnership with European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to plan, build and operate advanced networks for research and education. Established in 1993, DANTE has been fundamental to the success of pan-European research and education networking. DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, which provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the success of many research projects in Europe. DANTE is involved in worldwide initiatives to interconnect countries in the other regions to one another and to GÉANT.
DANTE currently manages projects focussed on the Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia regions through the EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN, ORIENTplus, AfricaConnect and CAREN projects respectively. For more information, visit