GÉANT is owned by its core membership. This includes 36 National Members, which are European national research and education network (NREN) organisations, and one Representative Member – NORDUnet – which participates on behalf of five Nordic NRENs. Associates are also welcome and include commercial organisations and multi-national research infrastructures and projects.
GÉANT was formed on 7 October 2014, when its members agreed to change the Articles of Association of TERENA, changing its name to GÉANT Association, and the majority of DANTE shares were transferred to the association. The GÉANT Project is a major area of the association’s work and the association is proud to have adopted the GÉANT name.
On 1 May 2015, to coincide with the start of the new GÉANT Project (GN4 Phase 1), the organisation changed its logo and its name from ‘GÉANT Association’ to simply ‘GÉANT’. ‘GÉANT’ no longer means a single project or organisation, but stands for the entire community collaboration.
The restructuring marks a new phase in almost thirty years of collaborative research and education networking in Europe.
The main expected benefits of the restructuring are simplified governance, more efficient management, more flexible use of resources and a more inclusive membership. Members, services, operations and relationships with partners and related communities should see no adverse effects. Indeed, this restructuring will strengthen the European research and education networking community as a whole.
The next steps
The GÉANT managers and staff aim to keep all services, websites and mailing lists running smoothly while further web and branding changes are implemented, but ask for patience and help with reporting any issues that may occur. In case of any queries, please firstname.lastname@example.org.