Global Partners

The partners involved in organizing the  Enlighten Your Research Global 2015 Program are listed below. (Clicking on the logos will bring you to the organization’s main website.)


AARNet is Australia’s only dedicated national and international network for research, education and training.Our high-speed network provides Internet and other communications services to universities, research organizations, vocational training providers, schools and other organizations involved in research and education. These include service providers, health organizations and cultural institutions.


ACOnet, Austria’s national research and education network, is the Austrian Academic Computer Network for science, research, education and culture. ACOnet, legally represented by the University of Vienna, operates a national high-performance fibre backbone network, interconnecting the Austrian public universities and all other 200 member institutions via GÉANT to international academic networks, as well as to the commodity Internet.


Organized by the scientific community itself, DFN is the German national research and education network. It connects universities and research institutions with one another and has become an integral part of the European and worldwide community of research and education networks.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, ESnet is a dedicated science network based in the United States with multiple 100G connections to Europe’s GÉANT, providing high-bandwidth reliable connections for U.S. scientists and linking scientists at U.S. national laboratories to universities and other research institutions. ESnet helps scientists access unique DOE research facilities and computing resources enabling them to collaborate on some of the world’s most important scientific challenges including energy, climate science, and the origins of the universe.   ESnet is managed and operated by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Visit the ESnet website for a list of sites and institutions connected to the network here.


GÉANT, the pan-European Research and Education Network, provides a high performance network infrastructure supporting connections across 43 European countries, from Iceland in the North to Israel in the South. In addition the GÉANT network provides international connections to partner networks worldwide enabling international Research and Education collaboration. GÉANT provides interconnectivity between Europe’s NRENs. If the project or infrastructure is distributed across national boundaries, GÉANT can help coordinate with the relevant local NRENs and advise on appropriate technical solutions.

The network services offered by GÉANT provide services at speeds of up to 100Gbps. In addition, GÉANT manages peering arrangements with a wide range of other networks and service providers. Together, this portfolio offers the R&E community a comprehensive range of networking solutions to support even the most demanding requirements.


Internet2 is an exceptional community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies. Together, we accelerate research discovery, advance national and global education, and improve the delivery of public services. Our community touches nearly every major innovation that defines our modern digital lives—and continues to define “what’s next.”


Janet, the UK’s national research and education network is provided by Jisc. The Janet network provides a world-class network infrastructure to meet the needs of the UK’s research and education community. The Janet backbone consists of over 6,000 km of dedicated optical fibre, which can run at 100Gbit/s. With over 30 years of uninterrupted service, the Janet network is valued by over 18 million users. Jisc has dedicated specialist staff to liaise with, and act as, advocates for the research sector and its specific requirements.


Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was founded in 1993 to build and develop computer infrastructure for science and education in Poznan and in Poland. PSNC is the operator of Polish National Research and Education Network, PIONIER, providing the Internet and network services on international, domestic and local levels. It is connected to the GÉANT network at the speed of 10Gbit/s. Within its sphere of interest is the development of solutions for e-government, education, medicine, new media and communications.

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REANNZ is New Zealand’s research and education network, connecting researchers to their instruments, data and collaborators. We help drive the discoveries and inventions that are powering New Zealand’s economy into the future. As a Crown-owned company and not-for-profit, REANNZ is charged with exploring and supporting the activities that help bring dreams closer to reality.


RedIRIS is the Spanish national research and education network. Since its creation in 1988, RedIRIS provides advanced communications services to Spanish research centers and universities. RedIRIS has recently deployed a world class dark fibre network of 12.000 km, and it also provides additional ICT services related to digital identity, mobility, security, collaboration, etc. You can find a list of connected RedIRIS institutions here.


RNP is the Brazilian national research and education network with a 10G backbone of around 30,000 km, connecting 26 state capital cities and the national capital. Most of the major research centres connected by RNP are accessible through optical metro networks with 1G or 10G connections. Our international links include 40G to the US and 5G to Europe. As a GLIF member, RNP supports end-to-end layer-2 links to our users.


SURFnet ensures that researchers, instructors, and students can work together simply and effectively with the aid of ICT. It therefore promotes, develops, and operates a trusted, connecting ICT infrastructure that facilitates optimum use of the possibilities offered by ICT. SURFnet is thus the driving force behind ICT-based innovation in higher education and research in the Netherlands. The list with all the connected institutions to SURFnet.

SURFsara supports researchers in the Netherlands and works closely together with the academic community and industry. SURFsara offers an integrated ICT research infrastructure and provide services in the areas of High Performance Computing (HPC)NetworkingData ServicesVisualizatione-Science Support and Cloud Services.