On 30-31 October, the EaPConnect project and GARR will host the eHealth 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.eu/). 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.

Participation in the event is by invitation: invited participants can register here and find the preliminary agenda and logistics information here.

Other interested organisations can contact: comunicazione@garr.it.

Programme outline

30 October

13.00-14:00 Welcome lunch
Welcome and introduction at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità

(Italian National Higher Institute of Health)
Entrance via di Castro Laurenziano, 10 – aula Marotta
Welcome by GARR Director, Federico Ruggieri, and ISS President, Prof. Gualtiero Ricciardi.See the video

Presentation of NRENs’ experiences
Discussion: organisation and funding models: how they change across countries and what’s best where?

EU and EaP NRENs(see the video)

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)

13.00-14.00 Lunch
  • Sergiusz Zielinski Remote collaboration tool for medical professionals (see the video)
  • Vassili Kovalev Telemedicine, Biomedical Image Analysis
, Artificial Intelligence (see the video)
  • V. Kirychenka Regional and International Information systems based on HL7® FHIR® (see the video)
Services: existing portfolios 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: what will be the needs of the community in 5 years from now? How can NRENs plan ahead to address them and do it through new European and global services? – GÉANT and NRENs, user representatives)