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Ankabut to Host 2019 ASREN International Conference on Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment at Khalifa University Campus

December 12, 2019

Ninth Annual e-AGE Conference to Focus on ‘Groundbreaking Research and Education Networks

Ankabut, the Emirates Advanced National Research and Education Network, an initiative of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, is hosting the ninth annual e-AGE 2019 (International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment), conference at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology Main Campus in Abu Dhabi.

Organized by the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) from 11 – 12 December in Abu Dhabi, the conference is themed ‘Groundbreaking Research and Education Networks’. It will focus on demonstrated successes in using research and education e-Infrastructures, and on the need for interoperable high-speed networks at national, regional and international levels.

Fahem Al-Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer, Ankabut, said: “Ankabut is delighted to partner with ASREN to bring to Abu Dhabi the ninth annual e-AGE 2019 conference, the Arab world’s most important gathering, to highlight the successes in using research and education e-Infrastructures. The conference will be a knowledge-sharing forum and Ankabut is honored to welcome delegates from across the Middle East and Africa region to showcase recent advances in this sector. We believe the outcome of the conference will immensely benefit stakeholders in this sector.”

In addition to the e-AGE annual conference, e-AGE19 will include events, workshops and meetings including the ‘12th Event on Euro-Mediterranean e-Infrastructure’, ‘The 9th annual shareholders meeting of ASREN’, ‘EUMEDCONNECT3 Project meeting’, ‘AfricaConnect2 Project meeting’, and ‘Internet2 Middle East SIG (special interest group) Meetings’. There will also be exclusive workshops for e-Infrastructure users as part of the conference.

Moreover, there will be special sessions dedicated to specific domains, mainly focusing on experiences in connectivity and e-Infrastructure, applications and services across a variety of scientific domains. The conference will underline the importance of research infrastructure in creating tangible benefits to communities, while demonstrating the role of research connectivity in promoting collaboration and innovation. Discussions will aim to drive the outcomes and concrete results on the practical steps towards developing a regional e-Infrastructure.

Managed by Khalifa University, Ankabut is jointly funded by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) through the ICT Fund and Khalifa University. Ankabut offers academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. It also connects schools and public institutions together across the UAE. Ankabut cooperates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena, representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums.

Since the launch of ASREN in December 2010 at the League of Arab States, AGE is organize every year in one of the Arab countries. The e-AGE is in line with ASREN’s major objectives that are related to dissemination and awareness, promotion of research collaboration and joint activities, and establishment of research networks in the Arab region and worldwide.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
10 December 2019