Closing Plenary

Internet2: Creating Bridges for Global Research and Education


Speaker :   H David Lambert , President and CEO of Internet2

Abstract :

In our twenty-first century, the iconic figure of a lone researcher doing late-night experiments in an isolated laboratory has become officially obsolete. Researchers are now deeply involved in collaborations; the laboratory is now a global facility, connected and supported by a global cyberinfrastructure. At the same time, there has been a worldwide increase in demand for higher education and there is an increased mobility of students to attain education. Global university enrollment doubled from 1990 to 2009 to 150 million students. Three million students now study outside their home countries - a 57% increase in the past decade. More and more, universities must compete in a global marketplace for students and open remote campuses worldwide to support students in other countries.

These and other paradigm shifts over the past decade have prompted Internet2 to reevaluate and realign its priority focus areas - with global partnerships and engagement being a key area. The future success of Internet2 members will depend on strengthening strategic partnerships with international counterparts and making the most of collaboration opportunities in advanced networking, cloud services and services above the network, and remote conferencing technologies. These partnerships are the bridges that will enable virtual collaboration between global communities, and provide the infrastructure required to support the teaching, learning, clinical and outreach missions that underpin the entire global research and education ecosystem.

In this talk, Internet2 president and CEO Dave Lambert will outline his vision for Internet2's global strategy and the key mechanisms needed to support the R&E community in the face of challenges and opportunities in globalization and large-scale distributed research.

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