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Meeting focus:

  • Data transfers

  • Service portfolio management - best practices/showing value


University of Cyprus

Panepistimiou Avenue, Aglantzia

Learning Resource Centre ‘Stelios Ioannou’ (New University Library)

Room 019

Where to land

We suggest landing at Larnaca airport, which is much closer to Nicosia than the Pafos.

Where to stay

Hilton Cyprus (about 5 kms from the venue) for special rates (made only via Cynet with a very special rate of 110 EUR  – single and 130 – double). For reservation, you may contact Ms Sofi Anagnostopoulou ( +357 22653062) and please, make reference to the meeting.

Other suggestions are Semeli Hotel (very close to Hilton) and for those who want to be right next to the venue (but rather far from the city centre) is UC Hall Residence.


Transportation (airport to hotel): For travelling from the airport to Nicosia you can use Kapnos Airport Shuttle ( or we can arrange for a taxi to pick people up (Mr. Andreas +357 99 689020 – about 50EUR per ride and less if shared).

Transportation (hotel to venue): The best way to get around is by taxi. Bus service is rather limited.

Electricity plug in Cyprus is "G" (UK) type.

Remote Participation

Info to come soon


Agenda (local Cyprus time, EET)

Tuesday, 5th of March 2019

9:30-9:45Introductions and welcome
9:45-10:15Welcome presentation by the local host - CyNet
Morning themeData Transfer Enhancing Services

Setting the scene

  • EuroHPC and EDI: the The case for change - Annabel Grant GÉANT
  • GÉANT plans (Tim Chown, GÉANT project Work package leader)
11:00-11:30Coffee break

Current best practices globally:

  • How AARNet Caters for Data Science - Guido Aben
  • Data Transfer Pilot Service - Kasandra Pillay, SANReN (via VC)

Current best practices in Europe: How NRENs are supporting the needs of users (JISC, RedIRIS, DFN)

    • Data transfer technologies or products being used
    • Process enhancements being made in NRENs on this subject
    • Architectural changes which support better data transfer


Afternoon theme

Perspectives on Service Portfolio Management – hard and soft lessons learned along the way

  • Choosing what goes into the service portfolio (Walter van Dijk, SURFnet)
  • Implementation of Service from concept onwards (Harri Kuusisto, CSC)
15:00-15:30Coffee break
15:30-16:15Demonstrating the Value of new Services (either to internal stakeholders or funders) – before, during and after implementation: What works/what doesn’t
16:15 - 16:30

DeiC plans to launch a satellite communications service - Lars Kierkegaard


Final discussion, future meetings

17:30Short tour of the impressive Library Building


Zanettos Tavern, 65 Trikoupi street, 1016 Nicosia Old Town