Pre Congress

Prior to the start of the EUNIS 19th Congress, on Tuesday, June 11 there will be a pre-congress.
It will be held at RTU Riga Business School, 11 Skolas Street, Riga.


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Shuttle service we be provided from Ignite to congress hotel (Maritim hotel and Islande hotel).

There will be workshops:


Greg Palmer
Executive Director at University of Pennsylvania, MAGPI (the Mid-Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2)

Session title: Technological Tools for distance Collaborations

There was a time when both researchers and educators were limited in their ability to collaborate through standard communications tools. Now, with the proliferation of National Research and Education Networks, new opportunities have been made available for real-time data analysis and sharing of educational content and resources. This presentation will take the audience through a brief history of the development of technology and infrastructure, and how it has affected Euro-U.S. communications today. It will also explore the pedagogical implications of how we use the existing technology and the new devices that are being developed.
Not since the invention of the Gutenberg printing press has there been so many opportunities for the collection and distribution of knowledge across national and geographic boundaries. After reviewing the growth of high performance infrastructure and the approaching ubiquity of advanced networking across the globe, I will cite examples of how more stable technologies like videoconferencing are finding new meaning in education, and the added value of mobility.
This presentation will show examples from projects involving the U.S. and European Communities in the fields of Physics, Archaeology, Sociology, and the Performing Arts. Students can visit the Large Hadron Collider in Cern and speak live with working physicists. Archaeologists in Greece will be showing their dig sites and simultaneously adding video and audio to their digital collection.  Already in use is the new LOLA node which permits duets and master classes between performers and educators at distances up to 2,500 Kilometers.
These examples are representative of a growing number of initiatives occurring on a global scale. Future possibilities will also be explored with other nations and consortiums such as the UbuntuNet Alliance in Africa, the Caribbean Knowledge Learning Network, and the Beijng Genomics Institute. The conclusion will summarize what is being done today, and what can be done to enhance scientific and educational collaborations between the U.S. and Europe, and the world.

Participation fee - free


Greg Mathers,
RTU Riga Business School
Organizational Behaviour Leadership,
Business Communication Skills faculty,
accel Performance Consulting Founder and President
Session title:
Management Trends in Educational Institutions

Over the last decades many market segments have experienced huge and disruptive changes – shifts that have ultimately been good for consumers but hard on traditional business models. We have seen massive transformations for products such as books, banking, newspapers, travel, and telecommunications. The higher education industry now seems to be on the verge of such a transformation.  We have seen the beginnings of such change with the massive availability and enrollments in open online courses.
What does this mean for the traditional educational paradigm? Does this coming shift require a new management model and what should that model be? What should be the role of the CIO in this new higher education landscape?

Participation fee - 50 EUR


TERENA - EUNIS task forces workshop

12.00 PM - 18.00 PM

The agreed agenda is:

  • General information about TERENA Task Forces (tf-emc2 and tf-mnm)
  • General information about RS3G General information about the Groningen
  • Declaration activity Eduroam, people on the move Identity federations,
  • services on the move The mobility project, data on the move Digital
  • diplomas Groningen declaration and related pilots Erasmus without
  • papers

We would also like to allocate part of the time as an open space for participants to express their concerns/needs/ideas on mobility in HE, be it of people, applications or data.


  • Herman de Leeuw
  • Simone Ravaioli
  • Niels van Dijk (apologised in the last minute) Mariana Losada Jan Otten Jose Luis Poy Geir
  • Magne Vangen Janina Mincer Victoriano Giralt

Participation fee - free