The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) is happy to announce its fourth annual event “4thInternational Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment – e-AGE 2014” that will take place on 10-11 December 2014 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, in Muscat, Oman. The platform will be hosted by The Research Council (TRC) of Oman and it will be held under the Patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur Bin As’ad Al Said.

 

In e-AGE 2014, the main theme will be “Intercontinental Connectivity of the Pan Arab Network”.  ASREN started concrete steps towards interconnecting researchers and academics across the Arab States by launching its first PoP in London Telicity and working with its partners on new PoPs in UAE, Egypt and the Maghreb region. ASREN is also supporting the development of NRENs in some Arab countries. ASREN will give special attention and more focus on users and how the e-Infrastructure can support their needs in terms of services and applications. More sessions will be dedicated to the users to present their research and education activities and then to identify how these users can be better served by NRENs.

Scientists, researchers and educators are invited to submit papers to be presented in this conference, that fall under the following topics of interest:

  • Research collaboration in energy, environment, health, climate, water, agriculture, biology, economy, medicine and other pressing global issues and problems;
  • Perspectives on NRENs, including challenges, operation, sustainability, funding, governance, business models, security and services;
  • Access to research and education resources, repositories, libraries and contents, clouds, grids and HPCs;
  • Connectivity options including technologies, services, cables, circuits and equipment;
  • Internet developments and impact on R&E networks;
  • e-Services like e-Science, e-Government, e-Libraries, e-Learning;
  • Virtual Research Environments, Science Gateways, Federation of Identities, eduroam, eduGAIN.

Moreover special sessions will be dedicated to specific domains, mainly focusing on experiences in connectivity and e-Infrastructure, applications and services in variety of scientific domains, and case studies with impact indicators and measures. It is also important to show how research infrastructure created benefits to communities and collaboration. It is still critical to show how research connectivity can promote collaboration and innovation. Different discussions will be stimulated during e-AGE to drive outcomes and concrete results on practical steps towards developing a regional e-Infrastructure.

For more information about the conference (application process and deadlines, programme, registrations, etc) please visit the e-AGE2014 website.

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