Muscat, Oman, December 10th – 11th, 2014
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur Bin As’ad Al Said, the Arab States Research and Education Network – ASREN, is happy to announce its fourth annual event “4th International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment - e-AGE 2014” which will take place in 10-11 December 2014 in Muscat Oman. The platform will be hosted by The Research Council (TRC) of Oman.
In e-AGE 2014, the main theme will be on “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 is now working with Ankabut to establish the first Arab Education Global Open Exchange in Fujairah. Work in progress with partners on new PoPs Egypt and the Maghreb region. ASREN is also supporting the development of NRENs in some Arab countries. In e-AGE 2014, 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.
Following on from the success of e-AGE in 2011, 2012 and 2013, e-AGE 2014 will include events, workshops, meetings centered on the following themes:
The 7th Event on Euro-Mediterranean e-Infrastructure
The 4th annual meeting of ASREN
AROQA 6th Annual Conference
EUMEDCONNECT3 Project Meeting
Technical Workshops on R&E networking (to be announced)
The Research Council is Oman’s exclusive research funding body and leader of research development in the country. TRC serves as a focal point and hub dedicated to promoting and supporting research, scientific enquiry, and innovation in the Sultanate of Oman. At the heart of our work is nurturing research talent to power innovation and create economic benefit for our national prosperity.
Established in June 2005, TRC has been founded by Royal Decree No. 54/2005 under the chairmanship of His Highness Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al-Said, adviser to His Majesty the Sultan. This was notably followed in 2010 by Royal Decree No.30/2010 with TRC set to lead the way in drawing up a national plan for scientific research in the Sultanate.
As a policy-making body and funding agency, TRC encourages the promotion and application of research, innovation and science to create value that serves business, markets and the wider needs of society. It is our belief that research conducted in Oman should further the public good with commitment to the spread and transfer of knowledge.
As part of its mandate and strategy, TRC provides and enables a sustainable infrastructure that contributes to the emergence of effective national innovation ecology. ICT-based services in general, and an Oman National Research and Education Network (OMREN) in particular, are seen as a central part of this infrastructure.