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2017 elections: call for candidates to the EUNIS Board of Directors

Dear EUNIS Members,
EUNIS 2017 General Assembly will be held on June 8th, 2017 during the EUNIS Congress in Münster. All official representatives of EUNIS Member institutions are entitled to take part in the meeting. This forum is where all the decisions related to the EUNIS’ structure and organisation are made and updates from the EUNIS Task Forces and Board are presented. The General Assembly has two other very important duties: the election of EUNIS members to the EUNIS Board and approval of the EUNIS budget that will be presented by the Treasurer.
In June 2017 the terms of office of four Board Members will come to an end and these Board members will need to apply for re-election:
  • Mr. Malte Dreyer (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
  • Mr. Ramon Grau Sala (SIGMA, Spain)
  • Ms. Ligia Ribeiro (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Mr. Yiannis Salmatzidis (Aristotle University, Greece)
While all the above have the opportunity to be re-elected we will welcome new candidatures to the EUNIS Board. If you are interested in presenting your candidature to act on the Board of Directors of EUNIS, we kindly ask you to send an email by close of business on Tuesday 16th May 2017 with a short biography, photo and the motivation of your interest to: Jean-Francois Desnos, EUNIS Executive Secretary: jfdesnos@orange.fr
In the past few months the two candidates listed below were co-opted to the EUNIS Board to replace two vacancies that had arisen from resignations from the Board. The General Assembly needs to approve and confirm (or reject) their candidatures as outlined in the EUNIS statutes. These Board members are:
  • Ms. Paola Gargiulo (CINECA, Italy)
  • Mr. Thierry Koscielniak (CSIESR, France)

The biographies of all Board members can be found on the EUNIS website.

2017 elections: call for candidates to the EUNIS Board of Directors

Dear EUNIS Members,
EUNIS 2017 General Assembly will be held on June 8th, 2017 during the EUNIS Congress in Münster. All official representatives of EUNIS Member institutions are entitled to take part in the meeting. This forum is where all the decisions related to the EUNIS’ structure and organisation are made and updates from the EUNIS Task Forces and Board are presented. The General Assembly has two other very important duties: the election of EUNIS members to the EUNIS Board and approval of the EUNIS budget that will be presented by the Treasurer.
In June 2017 the terms of office of four Board Members will come to an end and these Board members will need to apply for re-election:
  • Mr. Malte Dreyer (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
  • Mr. Ramon Grau Sala (SIGMA, Spain)
  • Ms. Ligia Ribeiro (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Mr. Yiannis Salmatzidis (Aristotle University, Greece)
While all the above have the opportunity to be re-elected we will welcome new candidatures to the EUNIS Board. If you are interested in presenting your candidature to act on the Board of Directors of EUNIS, we kindly ask you to send an email by close of business on Tuesday 16th May 2017 with a short biography, photo and the motivation of your interest to: Jean-Francois Desnos, EUNIS Executive Secretary: jfdesnos@orange.fr
In the past few months the two candidates listed below were co-opted to the EUNIS Board to replace two vacancies that had arisen from resignations from the Board. The General Assembly needs to approve and confirm (or reject) their candidatures as outlined in the EUNIS statutes. These Board members are:
  • Ms. Paola Gargiulo (CINECA, Italy)
  • Mr. Thierry Koscielniak (CSIESR, France)

The biographies of all Board members can be found on the EUNIS website.

The HOLA Cloud Roadmap – identify the major challenges

The HOLA Cloud Roadmap – identify the major challenges

The HOLA Cloud roadmap compiles the opinion of ICT experts to assess how CLOUD Computing will develop over the next years.

Basing on the experts’ opinions the roadmap tries to identify which long-term developments are needed on basis of the overall research and development trends both in industry and academy, as well as market trends that indicate how the requirements and market needs will develop.

The Roadmap has now been published as a living document on HOLA Cloud website, where the key topics and the individual aspects are presented in full detail and opened to discussion. In regular intervals, the comments will be analysed and the roadmap updated accordingly. On behalf of euroCRIS (the partner of the project) we encourage  to contribute to the HOLA Cloud Roadmap.

Contribute to the HOLA Cloud Roadmap

Hola Cloud received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project targets to establish effective mechanisms for efficient collaboration among the members of the Software, Services and Cloud Computing community.

European project on leadership for the digital transformation of universities

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the institutional member of EUNIS, will be running two leadership schools within the Transforming Universities for the Digital Age (D-Transform) project. The aim of the project is to introduce a leadership training programme for the presidents and vice presidents of European universities that takes into account the role of digital technologies and open educational resources (OER) to transform their institutions. The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is taking part in this project, which is intended to help university governing bodies define their digital strategies and coordinate them with the public policies defined at national and European level. Funded by the strategic partnerships sub-programme of the Erasmus+ European financing programme, it has a budget of around half a million euros and will continue until 2017.

The participating institutions are: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, UOC, Université de Lorraine, Sero Consulting Ltd, METID – Politecnico di Milano, Budapest University of Technology and Economics and EDEN.

More information on the project here

Letter from the new EUNIS President

Dear EUNIS members and community,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and a good start to the New Year. This letter serves two purposes, the first is to let our members know of a change of President and the second is to outline some of the key events planned for 2016.

In December 2015, Mr. Pekka Kähkipuro, resigned as President of EUNIS to take up a new role in the United Kingdom as the Chief Information Officer at Brunel University. I was elected by the EUNIS Board to take on the role of President from January 1st 2016 and I am extremely honoured to take on the role and I look forward to meeting with you at some of our upcoming events. I have served on the EUNIS Board for nearly six years now, three of those as Secretary of EUNIS.

At the online Board meeting on 13th January 2016, Mr. Michele Mennielli (CINECA, Italy) was elected to the role of the Secretary to the EUNIS Board. Also at the online meeting Mr. Yiannis Salmatzidis (Aristotle University, Greece) was co-opted to the Board untill June 2016. Board elections will be held at the EUNIS Congress 2016 and all EUNIS members can put forward a candidate and are also entitled to vote in the Board elections at the General Assembly. Details will be available nearer the Congress on www.eunis.org.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and gratitude on behalf of the EUNIS Board to Mr. Kähkipuro who was a very committed and dedicated member of EUNIS and for his involvement in many initiatives. May I take this opportunity to wish him all the best for the future and we have already welcomed Brunel University as a new member of the EUNIS community.

EUNIS as an organization is also gearing up to a new year and a year of change. As a Board we will be working hard to promote EUNIS across Europe and to focus more on our members both past and present. This will involve some re-organisation at Board level and more communication in the form of updated information on our website, greater use of social media and a newsletter (e-zine).

As we enter 2016 with a sense of momentum, let me highlight some of the upcoming EUNIS events. In 2016, the EUNIS focus will be to enhance the offerings to the Higher Education IT community.

It would be great to meet with some of you at our forthcoming events and get your views on EUNIS activities and events such as the Rectors’ Conference (14th – 16th April 2016, Cracow, Poland), the Annual Congress EUNIS 2016 (8th – 10th June, Thessaloniki, Greece), the Task Forces workshops, the ERAI initiatives, webinars, surveys and projects that we run in co-operation with our partners. Details of all the above are available on our website:http://www.eunis.org

We are committed as a Board to making the Eunis Congress 2016 the biggest and best yet and I firmly believe that you will appreciate the content and also enjoy contacts with the European HE community.

As EUNIS members I look forward to your involvement in all or some of the above, and I am eager to hear your comments on our current initiatives and your views on what new initiatives we should be pursuing and look forward to meeting you at EUNIS events!

Yours sincerely,

John Murphy

EUNIS President