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GÉANT and SRISA join forces with new Memorandum of Cooperation

GÉANT and SRISA, the Scientific Research Institute for System Analysis of the Russian Academy of Sciences, have signed (virtually) a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) agreeing to work together for mutual benefit in the field of information and communications technology.

SRISA is the operator of the Russian National Research Computer Network established on the basis of the Russian Federal Universities Network (RUNNet) founded in 1994 and now present in more than 30 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The NREN aims at providing research and education institutions with the opportunity to carry out knowledge-intensive R&E activities and projects, both locally and globally, in priority scientific fields.

The newly secured cooperation with GÉANT is expected to:

  • Improve R&E connectivity between Russia and Europe.
  • Support Russia-Europe user communities.
  • Involve the Russian R&E community in international scientific projects for which high-level network infrastructure and resources are essential.
  • Facilitate Russian R&E community access to Europe’s mega-science collaborations and vice-versa.
  • Identify opportunities for service collaboration.
  • Take joint marketing and visibility actions at events.

It is not the first time that GÉANT and SRISA join forces in support of their R&E community. The renewed commitment – initially for one year – to increase cooperation between Europe and Russia gives room to further collaborations, such as network interconnection.

 

BORIS SHABANOV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR for SCIENCE, SRISA |

 We welcome the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between SRISA and GÉANT.

We have always considered partnering with GÉANT key to expand the interaction of Russian scientists and researchers with the rest of the world. We expect that the Memorandum will help improve qualitatively cooperation between Russian and European R&E in various fields of science and education long-term.

 

ERIK HUIZER, CEO GÉANT |

With the world facing very complicated societal challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time to reach out to each other and join forces to overcome the crisis. GÉANT looks forward to working with RUNNet, our Russian NREN partner, to support collaboration between researchers from Russia and Europe and to share best practices and resources for a faster digital transformation. As GÉANT’s very purposes is to serve research and education, we warmly welcome this new collaboration as an opportunity to boost the global R&E networking.