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**Please note that e-VISA is required for most of the European countries to enter Turkey - you can apply via


Senate Meeting Room at Sultahmet Kampus of Marmara University (41.005137, 28.974539)


Marmara Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü
Küçük Ayasofya Mah. Üçler Sok. No:2
34122 Sultanahmet/ Fatih/ İSTANBUL

Where to stay:

Yılsam Sultan Ahmet Hotel 4*:
Hotel Arcadia Blue İstanbul 4* :
World Heritage Hotel İstanbul 4*:
*These suggestions include a very small part of the alternatives. There are many alternative hotels around.

How to get there:

There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Airport is close to Sultanahmet because of its location. The distance between the new Istanbul Airport and Sultanahmet is approximately 49 km.

You can go from Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet by Havaist Airport Buses, commercial taxi or IETT. ULAKBIM'a suggestion from the airport is by taxi: 45 minutes / 1 hour to keep an average of 130 TL.

Istanbul Airport - Sultanahmet Havaist Istanbul Airport one bus ticket price is 18 TL.Tickets can be bought at the transportation floor (Floor -2) or outside box-offices.It takes approximately 110 minutes between Istanbul Airport and Sultanahmet by Havaist Airport Buses. This period may vary depending on Istanbul's weather and traffic conditions.

Remote Participation:

Details will be provided close to the meeting's date.

Register here


On Monday, 9th of March the meeting of SEE directors forum will take place and joint SEE directors/SIG-MSP meeting will be organised on the 10th of March in the morning.

Tuesday, 10th of March 2020


Joint MSP/SEE Directors forum (AM only)

Welcome and presentation from ULAKBİM,  services portfolio and strategic interests.


Developing a Service Portfolio: Lightning Talks

Lightning talks:

Best practices: Mark Tysom, JISC; Alberto Perez, RedIRIS; Tomi Dolenc, ARNES

Challenges: Olga Popcova, RENAM


Developing a Service Portfolio: Themed Panel discussion

Themed panel discussion around developing services portfolio and serving the community in your country - best practices around education and research and how the governance and members play role in services development.

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

Developing a Service Portfolio: Business Models and Service Resourcing:

Lightning Talks or presentations followed by an open discussion around business models and resources needed to run the service

Speakers: Michel Wets, SURFnet; Raimundas Tuminauskas, PSNC; Robert Hackett, HEAnet; Janos Mohacsi, KIFU.


MSP meeting: Future Service Portfolio development (PM only) 

Future service portfolio development: Security

Update on work being done in the Security work package of GN4-3 (Alf Moens, SURFnet)


Future Service portfolio development: Security

Cyber exercises portal and CYBER-EXE events developed / conducted jointly by the Georgian Governmental CERT and GRENA - Ramaz Kvatadze

14:20 - 15:00Open discussion on future services portfolio – with a specific focus on the importance of cyber security on the NREN service portfolio (cyber risk and resilience)
15:00-15:20 Coffee Break

 EOSC = changing NREN service portfolios? (Annabel Grant, GÉANT)

Presentation followed by questions and open discussion:

  • "New" services which could be delivered by NRENs which go beyond 'business as usual' (data transfer etc.)
  • NREN involvement in e.g. data curation, FAIR certification, data management plans, support for Virtual Organisations; e-science applications;  anything e-science/EOSC related. 
15:50 - 16:30 

Pilot discussion on "Creating an NREN from scratch" - past and current lessons learnt, organisational structure with a focus on future service portfolio.  Open discussion facilitated by Martin Bech, DeiC.

16:30-17:00 Wrap up and future meetings