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January 26, 2022, 1 p.m. GMT: Join the inauguration of the BELLA connectivity between Brazil, Argentina and Chile

January 26, 2022, 1 p.m. GMT: Join the inauguration of the BELLA connectivity between Brazil, Argentina and Chile

The official inauguration of the connectivity of the terrestrial section between Brazil, Argentina and Chile of the BELLA Programme (Building the Europe Link of Latin America) is a milestone for the development of science, education, technology and innovation of our continent and its relationship with Europe.

It will be held through videoconference with the participation of authorities from the governments of Brazil and Chile, the European Union (EU, that co-financed the BELLA Programme) and the academic networks involved. The event will be broadcast live at RedCLARA’s and the national networks Live Broadcast webpages.

The section connects Porto Alegre (BR), Buenos Aires (AR) and Santiago (CL), and has 6,070 km of terrestrial telecommunication infrastructure, with capacities of up to 600 Gbps that will benefit more than 1,550 university and research centers in Chile and Brazil, leaving the path ready for the future connection of Argentine institutions. This new connectivity moreover has numerous benefits with the Copernicus Programme in Chile, and the astronomical research in Brazil.

Schedule (GMT time):

13:00 Welcome: León De La Torre, EU Ambassador to Chile
13:05 Luis Eliécer Cadenas, Executive Director of RedCLARA
13:11 Myriam Ferran, Deputy General Director of DG International Partnerships (INTPA) (EU)
13:17 Thomas Skordas, Acting Deputy General Director of DG Connect (EU)
13:23 Paulo Alvim, Secretary of Innovation at the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil
13:29 Ignacio Ybanez, EU Ambassador to Brazil
13:35 Aisén Etcheverry, National Director, National Agency for Research and Development (ANID), Chile
13:41 Amador Sánchez Rico, EU Ambassador to Argentina
13:47 Nelson Simões, Executive Director of RNP (Brazil)
14:03 Paola Arellano, Executive Director of REUNA (Chile)
14:09 Luiz Nicolaci da Costa, Director General, Interinstitutional Laboratory of e-Astronomy (LIneA), Brazil
14:25 Florencio Utreras, Universidad de Chile, in charge of Copernicus in Chile
14:40 Luis Eliécer Cadenas, Executive Director RedCLARA, thanks and closing

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BELLA II receives funding from the European Union through the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), under agreement number 438-964 with DG-INTPA, signed in December 2022. The implementation period of BELLA II is 48 months.


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