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Iceland: the world’s volcanic laboratory

Iceland, the land of ice and fire, owns its existence to a large volcanic hot spot sitting on a mid-oceanic ridge – a unique setting. The island is a true paradise for volcanologists, where they try out novel data-intensive monitoring… Continue Reading →

Recording history through daily news streams

To be able to process daily news items as soon as possible, the NewsReader project team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam wanted to develop an architecture capable of doing this. The team aims to extract information about events automatically and link today’s news streams… Continue Reading →

Turning scientific data into captivating images

Veteran visualisation expert Jyrki Hokkanen takes on any challenge thrown at him by scientists in need of imagery. Finnish researchers from all areas come to him, whether it is physics, climate science, biochemistry, or geology. They all need visualisations to… Continue Reading →

The power of empowering: building network expertise in Asia-Pacific

A key requirement for sustainable NRENs and their connected institutions is the availability of skilled technical staff able to set up and manage networks efficiently and with confidence. For 26 years the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) has been providing… Continue Reading →

System collects data to minimise climate change impact on the Amazon

The Amazon region is one of the ecosystems on the planet most affected by global climate change. Given the effects of these climate phenomena, a monitoring system was launched in Brazil, called SIPAMHidro. The system generates information to be used by the scientific community,… Continue Reading →

What is the time – really?

Both in science and in society in general there is a rising demand for time accuracy. Extreme accuracy that is, and that involves sophisticated time measuring devices like hydrogen masers and caesium fountains (image above). Some of us need extreme precision on a… Continue Reading →

Robust and reliable connectivity: the backbone between international projects

The TAITAGIS project is a bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Finland. Based on a previous comprehensive gap analysis, TAITAGIS aims to build a critical mass of postgraduates trained using modern facilities and hands-on case studies and to be sufficiently equipped to overcome… Continue Reading →

Making collaboration easier in Latin America and beyond

By helping creative initiatives experiment with new digital applications and improve dissemination and intercommunication, Anilla Cultural creates innovative synergies between different technical working groups on an international level, with multiple interconnected video conferencing rooms, exchange of interactive content, simultaneous interpretation… Continue Reading →

Artificial rainmaking – combining computational models to seed particles in the clouds

“Artificial rainmaking in the United Arab Emirates” is what researchers such as Hannele Korhonon from the Finnish Meteorological Institute talk about when asked about the objective of the OASIS (Optimization of Aerosol Seeding In rain enhancement Strategies) project. The project is financed… Continue Reading →

eduVPN – a shield to protect your privacy when you are out and about

Most public WiFi hotspots are set up strictly for convenience – not security. When you are using an unprotected public hotspot, whatever you do online is wide open to prying hackers’ eyes. That is why a group of developers from various… Continue Reading →

Delivering the data for groundbreaking cancer research

“Your download will be complete in 43,800 hours” is what the device communicated. When the Sheba Cancer Research Center (SCRC) wanted to transfer 300 terabytes of data from the US National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG)Genomic Data Commons (GDC) in Chicago to local… Continue Reading →

Ensuring scientists and researchers get their data where it needs to be

Today’s research is increasingly data intensive and more often than not international. Collaborating across borders helps researchers make discoveries more quickly and develop solutions to some of the challenges we face as a globe. But getting data to where it… Continue Reading →

Supercomputers for computational drug discovery is the future

How do you screen billions of drug compounds to find the right one? Dr. Michael Houghton and colleagues at the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology are speeding up the time it takes for life-saving drugs to be… Continue Reading →

Collaborative connectivity for reliable access to knowledge sharing platforms

At Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), international partnerships are a key part of the vision for the future. To this end, QMUL runs joint degree programmes in China – providing taught courses to more than 2,600 students at the… Continue Reading →

RENU and the students of Kyambogo University create jobs

The students of Kyambogo University and Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU) collaborated to end the long lines due to inefficient systems that often asked for manual actions during registration processes. After some brainstorming and testing, the students came… Continue Reading →

Asi@Connect drives Thai participation in LHC experiments

Thai particle physics researchers at Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Nakhon Ratchasima are participating actively in LHC experiments through the pan-Asian TEIN high-speed research network, sharing their resources and working seamlessly across borders. To achieve this international collaboration, the… Continue Reading →

Swedish medical research goes East

Research and education networks go where their customers go. So, while research and education grow increasingly global, networks do the same. One recent example is the prestigious Swedish Karolinska Institute’s opening of its first hub outside Sweden, the Ming Wai… Continue Reading →

Make your own kind of music with R&E networks

The net:art project, spearheaded by the Austrian NREN ACOnet, is harnessing the power of audio-visual transmission technologies for the performing arts. Expanding the boundaries of this relatively new paradigm, net:art has produced three “near in the distance” productions in Vienna. Since 2013, this… Continue Reading →

Chasing gravitational waves with the network

In September 2015 physics and astronomy researchers around the world celebrated the discovery of gravitational waves, produced by the merger of two black holes at the centre of the galaxy. This exciting discovery was shortly followed by three other confirmed… Continue Reading →

EU-China link boosts global recruitment

The challenge: connectivity issues at a China recruitment office For the University of Hull, China is an important market: the university recruits hundreds of students from the country each year. To help this effort, it has a permanent office in… Continue Reading →

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