Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) is the association of the Arab region National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and strategic partners, that aims to implement, manage and extend sustainable pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world class e-Infrastructures and e-services. ASREN is a registered, nonprofit, legal entity owned by the Arab National Research and Education Networks NRENs and partners.
ASREN’s vision is about “Pan-Arab collaborative research and education projects and activities, contribute to boost the scientific research, innovation and education levels in the Arab countries by uplifting efficiency and productivity of research and education communities.
ASREN’s mission: “To implement, manage and extend sustainable Pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world-class e-Infrastructures and E-services.
- Sharing information about current initiatives and facilities/data/researchers that need to be reached
- Sharing challenges, opportunities and successes among both emerging and established NRENs
- Discussing possible roles for the Internet2 community
GÉANT was formed on 7 October 2014, when its members agreed to change the Articles of Association of TERENA, changing its name to GÉANT Association, and the majority of DANTE shares were transferred to the association. The GÉANT Project is a major area of the association’s work and the association is proud to have adopted the GÉANT name.
On 1 May 2015, to coincide with the start of the new GÉANT Project (GN4 Phase 1), the organisation changed its logo and its name from 'GÉANT Association' to simply 'GÉANT'. 'GÉANT' no longer means a single project or organisation, but stands for the entire community collaboration.
The restructuring marks a new phase in almost thirty years of collaborative research and education networking in Europe.
The main expected benefits of the restructuring are simplified governance, more efficient management, more flexible use of resources and a more inclusive membership. Members, services, operations and relationships with partners and related communities should see no adverse effects. Indeed, this restructuring will strengthen the European research and education networking community as a whole.
The next steps
The National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L) is a national public institution, which, since its establishment by law in 1962, has been entrusted with a double mission: the first advisory, the second executive. Reporting to the Prime Minister, the CNRS-L is an autonomous office directed by a Board of Directors and managed by a Secretary General. The consultative mission of the CNRS-L involves the formulation of guidelines for national scientific policies aimed at enhancing the development of the country. As part of its executive mission, the CNRS-L secures the promotion, organization and realization of these policies in programmes of action, implemented in its own research centers or in collaboration with other academic, research and development institutions. As part of its main mission, the objectives of the CNRS are to develop scientific research in Lebanon and to direct that research to respond to the needs of the country and to the evolution of science and innovation worldwide.
The creation of 4 affiliated research centers is a major accomplishment of the CNRS-L, namely: the National Centre for Geophysics, the National Centre for Marine Sciences, the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission and The National Centre for Remote Sensing.
The main objectives of the CNRS are:
- To draw the general outline of a national science and research policy;
- To advise the government on any issue concerning science and national science policy;
- To carry out surveys and inventories of on-going research;
- To formulate work programs in cooperation with the concerned ministries and the private sector;
- To initiate and encourage scientific research in the theoretical and applied aspects of basic, social and behavioral sciences.