Biomedical collaborations over National Research and Education networks: success stories and best practices

Workshop “biomedical collaborations over National Research and Education Networks: success stories and best practices”

Rome, 30-31 October 2018


On 30-31 October, the EaPConnect project and GARR will host the workshop “Biomedical collaborations over National Research and Education networks: success stories and best practices”.

This two-day event aims to discuss the existing activities NRENs are carrying out to support the biomedical research community. Case studies and best practices will be presented by the most advanced organisations in this area, and will feature different funding and organisation models, illustrate best practices and share lessons learned.

The event is organised as a part of the EC-funded Eastern Partnership Connect project ( EAPConnect aims to establish and operate a high-capacity broadband internet network for research and education (R&E) across six EaP partner countries in the EU Eastern Neighbourhood; with the objective to integrate them in the pan-European GÉANT network, and facilitate collaboration with local scientists, students and academics, also through the deployment of shared services.
The workshop will address executives in the young National Research and Education Networks from the Eastern Partnership countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The programme will feature presentations of case studies by NREN executives and project coordinators, and an interactive session including Eastern Partnership and EU NRENs, which will focus on funding and organisation models, offered services and differences across countries. The ultimate objective is to share the lessons learned through the most advanced experiences in this field and inspire and guide the NRENs who, currently, are not offering services to the biomedical and e-Health community with successful experiences in this field and models that can adapt in their country’s scenario. Both technical and political aspects, including relations with national institutions, will be covered in the discussion.

Preliminary Agenda

30 October


welcome lunch at Best Western Globus Hotel


welcome and introduction at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Higher Institute of Health)
entrance via di Castro Laurenziano, 10 - aula Marotta

Welcome from GARR and from ISS president,  Prof. Gualtiero Ricciardi.


presentation of the NRENs’ experiences

  • G. Guglielmi – Italian Ministry of Health: the high speed interconnection of the IRCCS/IZS community to the GARR network: strategy, results and the way forward. A success story.

  • Martin Bech – DEIC – DEIC’s experience in supporting the medical community

  • Michal Kosiedowski  PSNC (PL) – PSNC’s experience in supporting the Biomedical community

  • Eli Beker IUCC (IL): The Israeli biomedical community-related activities: state of the art and perspectives


Discussion: organization and funding models: how they change across countries and what’s best where?


19.30DInner at Tram Tram Restaurant,

31 October


user requirements and use cases

(brief presentations from the user community: national and international initiatives and research communities including the Elixir infrastructure, biobank infrastructures (BBMRI, EATRIS...); the COLIBRI project, and more)

  • Graziano Pesole, Elixir infrastructure
  • Alberto Redolfi, IRCCS Fatebenefratelli
  • End Users Experience with the collaboration with the Polish NREN
  • End Users Experience with the collaboration with the Belarus NREN
  • Claudia Zoani, METRO FOOD
  • Fabio Triulzi, COLIBRI project




services: existing portfolio and the next needs to be met

(presentation of existing services for the community and their usage, services currently being developed and emerging requirements. Discussion: which will be the needs of the community in 5 years from now? How can we NRENs plan ahead to address them and doing it through new European and global services? – GEANT and NRENs, user representatives)

  • Claudia Battista, GARR services for the biomedical community

  • Sergiusz Zielinski, PSNC portfolio of e-Health services

  • Mario Reale, The Italian experience, GARR IdP in the Cloud service for the health community



The event will be held at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), which is the National Higher Institute of Health. The entrance is located in via di Castro Laurenziano, 10.

How to reach the venue

With public transport, the venue can be reached by bus (lines 88 and N11), via tramway (lines 2-3-19) and subway (line B, stop: Policlinico).

From the airport Fiumicino, the best option is either taxi, or train (Leonardo Express) or bus (Terravision) to Termini station and then subway (line B). From Ciampino Airport, taxi to the venue or shuttle bus to Termini station and then subway (line B).


There are several options close to the venue, here some indications:

Best Western Globus (the closest to the venue):

Hotel Ateneo Palace:

Hotel Laurentia:


For info and registrations, please refer to:

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