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