3rd International Platform on Integrating Arab e-infrastructure in a Global Environment, e-AGE 2013


Call for Participation

Under the patronage of His Excellency, Prof. Moncef Ben Salem Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Tunisia


3rd International Platform on Integrating Arab e-infrastructure in a Global Environment, e-AGE 2013


12-13 December 2013, El Mouradi Hotel, Gammarath, Tunis, Tunisia

"Connect, Access, Innovate“

Facilitate connectivity through a high-speed network to allow scientists to communicate, collaborate, exchange, and run both data and computational-intensive scientific applications and services. The objective is to scale up broadband dedicated networks with a growing focus on cross-border connections and regional peering. Several initiatives can be introduced to support reforms, e-Infrastructure sharing, and open access models. 


Enable seamless access to data, services, applications, and resources related to science and education. e-AGE 2013 will be a platform to explore access opportunities and services that can be provided to research communities in a federated context. Case studies and best practices will be demonstrated on federated access, science gateway, cloud and grid computing, data repositories, and other related resources and services.


High-speed networks and wide access represent enabling environments for students, researchers and scientists to innovate for greater competitiveness across industries towards wealth creation through knowledge economy.

Event Main Interveners

-    HE Dr. Moncef Bin Salem, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia

-    HE Dr. Safa Nassereldin, Minister of Telecom and IT, Palestine

-    HE Dr. Ali Abu Zuhri, Minister of Education & Higher Education, Palestine

-    HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of ASREN, Jordan

-    HE Dr. Faeqa AlSaleh, Assistant Secretary General for Social Affairs, League of Arab States, Egypt

-    EC Representative (TBC)

-    Eshaa Alkhalifa, Advisor to the President for eLearning & Information Technology, University of Bahrain, Bahrain

-    Khedija Ghariani, Secretary-General, AICTO - Arab Information & Communication Technologies Organization, Tunisia

-    Adel Abdel Sadek, ceo & expert, Arab Center for Cyberspace Research - Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies, Egypt

-    Ahmad Dabbagh, Director, Ankabut, UAE

-    Alberto Pérez Gómez, Red.es, Spain

-    Bothina Hamad, Chair of the Physics Department, The University of Jordan, Jordan

-    Bruce Becker, Coordinator, South African National Grid, Meraka Institute, CSIR, South Africa

-    Carlos Filippi, President, Arandu Net, Paraguay

-    Dae Young KIM, Chair, APAN, Korea

-    David West, Project Manager, DANTE, UK

-    Fotis Karayiannis, Independent Consultant, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

-    Greg Cole, Investigator and Director, GLORIAD, USA

-    Hedi Haddada, Research Director, CNRS, France

-    John Dyer, Business & Technical Strategist, TERENA, Netherlands

-    Josh Howlett, Head, International Collaboration, Janet CTO Division, UK

-    Khaled Fattal, Chairman, The Multilingual Internet Group, UK

-    Magda Hussein Zaki, Director of Education and Scientific Research , LAS, Egypt

-    Mohammad Jemni, General Manager, ALECSO, Tunisia

-    Mohammad Salim Saay, Director of IT and Manager of AfgREN, Ministry of Higher Education, Afghanistan

-    Najoua Kamoun, Head, General Director, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, INRAP, Tunisia

-    Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine, Professor, University of Tunis, Tunisia

-    Pascal Boulerie, ENSG, National School for Geographical Sciences, France

-    Ismail Abdelhamid, Direector, ISESCO, Morocco

-    Michelle Makaroff, Founder, PPP-Connect, Belgium

-    Hans Frese, Technical Advisor, NATO, Germany

-    Rashid Ali Al-Ali, Director International Sales, Etisalat, UAE

-    Roberto Barbera, University of Catania and INFN, Italy

-    Federico Rugieri, Director of Research, INFN, Italy    

-    Sanggyun KIM, Manager (Principal researcher), NIA, South Korea         

-    Salem Al Agtash, Executive Director, ASREN, Jordan

-    Yousef Torman, Executive Director, ASREN, Jordan

Topics of interest                                     

-       Research collaboration in a variety of disciplines including: energy, environment, education, health, climate, water, agriculture, biology, economy, and other pressing global issues and problems

-       Cloud and grid computing as well as e-Science applications

-       Education challenges and open access paradigm
-       Research repositories, libraries, and contents
-       Case studies on research and education
-       Regional collaborative projects

-       National research organizations and research and education funding

-       Perspectives on national research and education networking

-       The role of regional organizations like EC, World Bank, UNDP, and other development projects and foundations

-       Connectivity options, services, cables, circuits
-       Industry offerings to develop research and education
Events and Activities

ASREN is becoming more visible and more active in the region and beyond. It has developed a new shareholder scheme with more Arab NRENs joining as well as more supporting organizations. Following on the success of e-AGE in 2011 and 2012, e-AGE 2013 will include main event in 12-13 December and will be preceded with several workshops, tutorials and meetings on 10-12 December 2013.


-       The 6th Event on Euro-Mediterranean e-Infrastructure

-       The 3rd annual meeting of ASREN
-       CHAIN-REDS Workshop on e-Infrastructures
-       Network Management Tools for NREN NOCs Workshop
-       EUMEDCONENCT3 Project Meeting
-       AROQA 5th Annual Conference

Moreover, special sessions will be dedicated to specific domains, mainly focusing on experiences in connectivity and e-Infrastructure, applications and services in variety of scientific domains, and case studies with impact indicators and measures. It is also important to show the benefits of research infrastructure to communities and collaboration. It is still critical to show how research connectivity can promote collaboration and innovation. Different discussions will be stimulated during e-AGE to drive outcomes and concrete results on practical steps towards developing a regional e-Infrastructure.

Arabic and English
Conference venue

Hotel EL MOURADI GAMMARTH 5*, Gammarath, Tunis, Tunisia 

Organizers and sponsors

The Platform will be organized by Arab States Research and Education Network GmbH, in cooperation with:

-       Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Tunisia
-       The Computing Center Al Khwarizmi (CCK)

-       Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization

-       Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Ltd (DANTE)

-       Euro-Mediterranean Connect project (EumedConnect3)
-       US Internet2 Special Interest Group Middle East

-       Co-ordination & Harmonization of Advanced e-Infrastructures for Research & Education Data Sharing (CHAIN - REDS)

-       German Jordanian University
Organizing Committee

-       Yousef Torman, Arab States Research and Education Network, Jordan

-       Heithem Abbes, Research Laboratory LaTICE, Tunisia

-       Rakia Baccouche, Arab Information & Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), Tunisia

-       Fathi Abu Nimeh, Tala Abu Ghazaleh Organization (TAGOrg), Tunisia

-       Mondher Belaid, The Computing Center Al Khwarizmi (CCK), Tunisia

-       Ali Labyadh, The Computing Center Al Khwarizmi (CCK), Tunisia

-       Alaa Laabidi, The Computing Center Al Khwarizmi (CCK), Tunisia

-       Oussama Elghoul, Research Laboratory LaTICE, Tunisia

-       Sara Al-Eisawi, Arab States Research and Education Network, Jordan

-       Ola Samara, Arab States Research and Education Network, Jordan

Important dates

   November 1, 2013                         Submission deadline (Papers & Presentations)

   December 5, 2012                          Camera ready due

   December, 9 – 11, 2013               Network Management Tools Workshop

   December, 11, 2013                      CHAIN-REDS Workshop – Free of charge

   December 12-13, 2013                 e-AGE 2013 Conference

Registration fees

Conference 12-13 December 2013


-       Authors/ Speakers                                    Free

-       ASREN Members                                      150      Euro

-       ASREN non-members                               250     Euro


Workshops 9 -11 December 2013


-       Tutors / Speakers                                     Free

-       ASREN Members                                      150 Euro

-       ASREN Non Members                              250 Euro


Full event (Conference and Workshops) 9 -13 December 2013


-       Tutors / Speakers                                     Free

-       ASREN Members                                      250 Euro

-       ASREN Non Members                             400 Euro


Special arrangements will be made for sponsors, partners, keynote speakers, panelists, and EUMED/Internet2 group members, EUMEDCONNECT3 partners & ASREN shareholders

For more information, please contact                

 Proposals, Presentations and Program:

-       Yousef Torman, torman@asrenorg.net

Registration, payment, reservations and others:


-          Sara Al-Eisawi, office@asrenorg.net  

-          Ola Samara, info@asrenorg.net

                                    Phone: +962 6 5100900 ext. 2403 or 4304


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