Recent years have seen a variety of micro and macro-economic changes for GÉANT, the NREN community and the European environment: from the TERENA and DANTE merger to the unexpected outcome of the British referendum and the current instability in the European political environment.
In this complex scenario GÉANT successfully gathered its strengths and leveraged its resources to face such changes, driven and inspired by the firm belief that Research & Education will continue to collaborate beyond borders in the years to come. One of the strengths of our community is the experience and expertise in dealing with change, and I am confident that with continued support from our members and the European Commission we will continue to handle change management successfully.
It was the European Commision that brought another significant change not only to GÉANT, but to the entire European Scientific Community. In 2016 it unveiled the European Cloud Initiative with its two main pillars, the European Open Science Cloud and the European Data Infrastructure. Having taken the time to better understand the implications for our community, GÉANT has now fully embraced the entire initiative.
At the end of 2018, GÉANT is a partner in key projects stemming from the European Cloud Initiative and is engaged with other e-Infrastructures more than ever before. On top of that, in November Cathrin Stöver was appointed vice-chair of the Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud, which is not only an acknowledgement to her personal career, but also a tribute to the entire GÉANT membership.