ress Release - Athens, 14 October 2004.
World-class e-Infrastructure experts are invited to share their experience in setting up and running National Grid Initiatives.
(South Eastern European GRid-enabled eInfrastructure Development), an initiative co-funded and carried out within the European
Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme under Research Infrastructures, will run a Policy
Workshop in Den Haag, NL, on Wednesday morning, November 24th, 2004, during the
European leadership in e-science and grids
The workshop will address issues related to establishing National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) in
regions through presentations/lectures and round-table Q&A sessions that will be
given by experts with accumulated experience in advancing NGIs and shaping relevant
policies. The event is organized under the supervision of the SEE-GRID project, with the
support and endorsement of the European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate-
General Research Infrastructures Unit, and FP6 project EGEE.
The SEE-GRID Policy workshop is a unique opportunity to listen and exchange
ideas with international Grid leaders about setting-up, developing, and sustaining
National Grid Initiatives.
In order to confirm your participation, please go to
online registration form
and then fill in the information as needed. Whatever the registration option of your
choice (e.g. full week or per day), if you plan to attend the SEE-GRID workshop please
make sure that you check the box
Will attend SEE-GRID Policy Workshop
) in order for the organizing committee to take into consideration venue
logistics and ensure sufficient seat availability.
SEE-GRID Project Management Office:
Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis
Dr. Jorge-A. Sanchez-P.
Project background and Policy Workshop details
The SEE-GRID project aims to provide specific support actions to assist the participation of
the SE European states to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives by establishing a
seamless and interoperable pilot-Grid infrastructure that will expand and support the
European Research Area (ERA) in the region. The interconnection of the regional
infrastructure to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives will translate into benefits
for the smaller, less-resourced sites in SE Europe to access computing power that would
otherwise be unaffordable. In this perspective, the SEE-GRID initiative will ease the digital
divide and release the scientific & productive talents of the region and will allow equal
participation of the targeted countries in pan-European Grid efforts in the immediate future.
The project involves representatives of the National Grid Initiatives of Albania, Bosnia-
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia-
Montenegro, and Turkey.
The upcoming Policy Workshop is planned to be a highly informative session to help provide
input for formulating a roadmap for establishing NGIs in any greenfield region around the
world, including the one of SE Europe which is of direct interest to the SEE-GRID project.
Specifically, the desired outcome of the Policy Workshop should be:
- to provide key members of NGIs with in-depth information about the structural and
organizational strategies needed to build, sustain, maintain and develop a National
- to provide input to the agenda of national governments and funding bodies for the
support of eScience
- to raise awareness about the role of NGIs and their contribution to the research and
education community, as well as to the national economy
- to exchange success stories for the impact of NGIs to the progress of regional and/or