​GÉANT agrees new Board, community programme and cost sharing model

Representatives of the GÉANT membership elected a new Chair and members of the Board of Directors during the General Assembly (GA) meeting that was hosted by RESTENA in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, on 25-26 November 2015. A new cost-sharing model and community programme were also adopted, and a new member organisation was admitted.

Christian Grimm succeeded the first chair of the merged GÉANT, Pierre Bruyère. Erwin Bleumink' also stepped down after his term of office expired. Some Board members continued ongoing positions: Dorte Olesen, Sabine Jaume-Rajaonia and Ivan Marić, while Alberto Pérez was re-elected for one year and Marko Bonač for two years. Newly elected members are Raimundas Tuminauskas - for two years - and Erik Huizer and Valter Nordh for three years.

A new cost sharing model

The General Assembly agreed upon the proposed budget and membership fees for 2016, and adopted a new cost sharing model, which aims to monitor and maintain a fair apportionment of costs between national research and education networking organisations (NRENs) as their needs vary over time. The model is designed to allow the GÉANT network to be optimised for high performance research and education networking and at the same time to support NRENs in managing their internet traffic. The model promotes fair cost sharing among NRENs and encourages use of the GÉANT network.

Community programme and voting scheme

Terms of Reference were adopted for a new framework for community collaboration, the GÉANT Community Programme (GCP), which evolved from the old TERENA Technical Programme. It will be overseen by a new GÉANT Community Committee, which will among other things, follow the work of the task forces and special interest groups.

New member

The Ukranian NREN, URAN, was admitted as new national GÉANT member, subject to payment of the annual membership fee.

e-IRG dialogue

The GÉANT General Assembly meeting was held back-to-back with a workshop of the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG). e-IRG Chair Sverker Holmgren gave a presentation to the meeting on recent and future e-IRG work and engaged in a dialogue with GA delegates.

Further information
For more information, please visit the General Assembly wiki pages and the GÉANT governance and membership web pages.