bella colombiaThe executive director of RedCLARA, Luis Eliécer Cadenas, presented last friday, November 9, before the media and the academic community of Colombia, the ‘Building the Europe Link with Latin America’ (BELLA) project. The presentation event was held at the Club de Médicos de Colombia, in Bogotá, and was attended by Luz Miriam Díaz Patigño, executive director of RENATA (Colombia), José Palacios, president of REUNA (Chile), Eduardo Grizendi , director of Engineering and Operations of RNP (Brazil), and Raúl Galarza, administrative director of CEDIA (Ecuador).

(Source: RENATA, with information of RedCLARA) On the occasion, both journalists and academics of the country could delve into the importance of national research and education networks for the development of science, education and innovation in the countries. In his presentation, Cadenas addressed the importance of the interaction between countries through RedCLARA to advance in the consolidation of "great purposes" for the development of scientific activity in the region. "This is what happens with BELLA. Its objective is to meet the long-term interconnectivity needs of European and Latin American research and education communities through a direct submarine cable between the two continents and the deployment, throughout Latin America, of a dedicated network for research and education scalable in multiples of 100 Gbps capacity to a maximum of approximately 1,000 Gbps (1 Tbps)", explained the Director.

Luz Miriam Díaz Patigño, executive director of RENATA, highlighted the importance of publicizing the missionary work of the national networks through the media to motivate the research and education communities to carry out research and collaboration projects between the institutions of the country, the region and the world. "The essence of national networks is collaboration and the institutions are those who give life to our networks with their projects, data and information", she said.

"BELLA will promote the development of large collaborative projects between the academic and scientific community of Colombia and the rest of the countries of Latin America and Europe”, said Luz Mirian, adding that the country “will have many possibilities for the development of science and knowledge management through the BELLA project ".

The technological implementation of the BELLA project will end in 2020 and will be at the service of the research communities for the next 25 years. For more information about the project, visit

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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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