About ORIENTplus

Between 2011 and 2014, the ORIENTplus project connected the research and education (R&E) communities of Europe and China, providing the highest capacity connection and shortest network path between the two regions and underpinning a wide range of data-intensive Sino-European scientific and academic collaborations, including participation in the LHC experiments, the ITER fusion project, radio-astronomy, severe-weather forecasting, agriculture, astrophysics and e-learning initiatives.

Co-ordinated by networking organisation GÉANT (formerly DANTE), ORIENTplus was undertaken by a consortium of European and Chinese National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and jointly funded by the European Union’s FP7 programme, the Chinese government and the European and Chinese NRENs. The project completed at the end of 2014, and its Final Review for the European Commission confirmed that the project had successfully met its objectives. 

Prof. Jianping Wu, Director of CERNET Center, and Pierre Bruyère, Chair of GÉANT Board of Directors signing MoU to strengthen their partnership, witnessed by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and EC Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

Since December 2014 dedicated EU/China connectivity has continued to be provided, funded jointly by GÉANT and the Chinese NREN CERNET (China Education and Research Network).  The ORIENTplus project connectivity was replaced in July 2015 by a new 10Gbps link between Beijing and London. A long-term collaboration agreement between GÉANT and CERNET was signed in September 2015 as part of a programme to continue to support the growing research and educational collaborations between Europe and China.

To find out more about the link and how it can benefit R&E applications and collaborations please contact info@geant.org

Click here to view the Executive Summary of the Final ORIENTplus project report which highlights its achievements.