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In search of digital routes to intelligent universities, TICAL2020 and the 4th Latin American e-Science Meeting opened its calls for papers In search of digital routes to intelligent universities, TICAL2020 and the 4th Latin American e-Science Meeting opened its calls for papers Friday, 10 January 2020 To be held between August 31 and September 2, 2020, in Cuenca, Ecuador, the TICAL...
Paola Arellano, Executive Director of Chilean NREN, states about BELLA: “REUNA is strongly committed to the implementation of this impressive initiative” Paola Arellano, Executive Director of Chilean NREN, states about BELLA: “REUNA is strongly committed to the implementation of this impressive initiative” Thursday, 07 November 2019 (This piece is a CONNECT Interview, made by Rosanna Norman to Paola Arellano, original...

BELLA in a Nutshell

BELLA (Building the Europe Link with Latin America) provides for the long-term interconnectivity needs of European and Latin American research and education communities.

BELLA will achieve this through the procurement of a long-term Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) for spectrum on a submarine cable between the two regions, minimising latency. BELLA is also developing and deploying a 100Gbps-capable research and education network across Latin America.

BELLA is being implemented by a Consortium of Regional Research and Education Networks GÉANT (Europe) and RedCLARA (Latin America) and the National Research and Education Networks (NREN) of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Funding for BELLA is provided by the European Union through three European Commission (EC) Directorates (DG-CONNECT, DG-DEVCO and DG-GROWTH) and by the Latin American NREN community.

logo eciencia headerPossible thanks to the BELLA-T project, terrestrial phase of the BELLA Program (Building the Europe Link to Latin America), the Latin American e-Science Meeting is a space for the in-person exchange of knowledge and good practices in the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in the research, with a view to contributing to the improvement and optimization of the management and work of the scientific groups in the region. It is held annually, since 2017, in parallel to the TICAL Conference.

The terrestrial phase of the BELLA Programme (Building the Europe Link to Latin America), BELLA-T, aims to achieve a significant improvement over the broad range of the South American network - RedCLARA-, allowing the Latin American national networks and the research groups that integrate them, the direct and high speed access to the capacities offered by the submarine cable that will be installed between Europe and the region.

With the Latin American e-Science Meeting, BELLA-T seeks to provide a new space for the exchange of knowledge and good practices in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in research work, with a view to contributing to the optimization of management and matching of scientific groups in the region.


Editions of the Latin American e-Science Meeting:

TICAL2019 | 3rd Latin American e-Science Meeting: Cancun, Mexico, 2-4 September 2019
TICAL2018 | 2nd Latin American e-Science Meeting: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 3-5 September 2018
TICAL2017 | 1st Latin American e-Science Meeting: San José, Costa Rica, July 3-5, 2017


Latin American e-Science Meeting Proceedings:

In order to promote exchange and establish working relationships between community members to share experiences and interests in their own areas of work, we have created a repository that includes all work presented at the annual TICAL Conferences and the Latin American Meeting of e-Science. The papers added to this repository are in PDF format, as they have security restrictions and cannot be modified, in compliance with the commitment made with their authors to protect the production.


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3rd Meeting Proceedings, 2019

2nd Meeting Proceedings, 2018
1st Meeting Proceedings, 2017

Research and education networking infrastructure traverses the globe, enabling access to content and resources, connecting people, delivering new experiences, fostering collaboration and enabling interdisciplinary communities to grow. BELLA is a significant addition to this global infrastructure and will bring benefits to many research fields, academics and students. Astronomy research and the Copernicus programme, in particular, will benefit from the deployment of BELLA connectivity.

More widely BELLA will benefit NRENs and the regions of Europe and Latin America in general.

Benefits for researchers, academics and students

  • Wider scope for highly effective collaborations thanks to an immediate 10-fold increase of the current capacity between GÉANT and RedCLARA
  • Cost-effective capacity upgrades over time to match evolving needs
  • The extension of advanced collaborative services (telemedicine, cloud computing, e-learning, etc.) between the two regions
  • Quicker data transmission thanks to reduced latency
  • Greater security due to direct routing between the two regions

Benefits for NREN partners

  • EU funding support for network improvements
  • Better connectivity provided at highly competitive rates
  • Human capacity-building in the form of engineering training

Benefits for Latin America and Europe

  • Supports applications with high societal impact (biodiversity, climate change, earth observation; e.g. Copernicus)
  • Bridges the digital divide and fights the brain drain
  • Supports competitive markets through a more inclusive information society
  • Creates more opportunities for social cohesion and development
  • Accelerates global science and education output

To learn more about the types of research activity that will benefit from BELLA, visit Use Cases.

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EU flag yellowBELLA receives funding from the European Union through the Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 731505 (BELLA-S1), from DG DEVCO under grant agreement LA/2016/376-534 (BELLA-T), and from DG GROW.


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