Last July, the Secretary of State for Federal Science Policy, Thomas Dermine, and Belspo's President, Arnaud Vajda, signed a new 2022-2024 Strategic Plan for Federal Science Policy. Belnet has an important role to play in this, including as a facilitator of open science.
For several years now, Belnet has been supporting the annual information security awareness campaign of the pan-European research network GÉANT. The 'human factor' is in fact a crucial element in the fight against security incidents. It is no different for research and educational institutions.
Since 1 June 2022, Belnet customers have been able to use the eduVPN service hosted by Belnet. In order to be certain that the open VPN solution meets the expectations of the R&E community, some customers – including Hasselt University – have been testing out eduVPN for several months in a proof of concept.
International collaboration is an inherent component of research and education networks such as Belnet. For instance, since 2012 we have been exchanging knowledge and experience with our colleagues at CEDESURK and their partner organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together with Muliri MIRINDI Dieudonné and Patrick LUFUNDISU, we look back at the main challenges and achievements.