Hendrik Ike

Speaker: Hendrik Ike, Public Affairs Officer, GÉANT, Netherlands

Hendrik Ike is a Public Affairs Specialist who works for GÉANT, a European association which serves the research and education networking community by providing connectivity and developing services. GÉANT's essential terabit-ready network is the most advanced and well-connected research and education network in the world. Hendrik is responsible for developing and maintaining channels of communication with European institutions and the National Research and Education Network community, and is also responsible for GÉANT’s positioning towards global Internet Governance.

Prior to his position at GÉANT, Hendrik worked in the policy-making sphere in Brussels, both for the public sector within the Cabinet of the President of the Committee of the Regions, and for FleishmanHillard, a global public affairs consultancy. 

Abstract: “GÉANT and the Sustainable Development Goals”

GÉANT is a fundamental element of Europe’s e-infrastructure, delivering the pan-European GÉANT network for scientific excellence, research, education and innovation. Through its integrated catalogue of connectivity, collaboration and identity services, GÉANT provides users with highly reliable, unconstrained access to computing, analysis, storage, applications and other resources, to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of research.

Through interconnections with its 39 national research and education network (NREN) partners, the GÉANT network is the largest and most advanced R&E network in the world, connecting over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe and supporting all scientific disciplines. The backbone network operates at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaches over 100 national networks worldwide.

The presentation will first provide the context and a brief explanation of the goals from a digital perspective, and then lay out what work GÉANT has already conducted in order to help realise the goals. There will also be an insight into what work GÉANT is conducting as an organisation to meet sustainable targets, and an illustration of the problems (and opportunities) that we are already encountering.