COVID-19 Response

In the first half of 2020, the novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic hit most parts of the world. Most of the world, including the Nordic countries, went into some form of lockdown. The impact research and education was dramatic. Research collabortions - be they national or global - were forced to go online. Conferences and workshops were cancelled, and in many instances online versions were organised. Universities cancelled all on-campus casses, and sought ways to keep education going using remote education technologies. 

This lead to a dramatic increas on the use of video conferences, lecture capturing, video streaming, and all other aspects of online collaboratio and education. It also resulted in a dramatic change of internet traffic pattern, as many users were now accessing academic resources from home rather than from their campus - a phenomenon that came to be known as traffic inversion

NORDUnet and the Nordic NRENs worked hard to support research and education throughout these challenges times, upgrading services, on-boarding new users, and doing outreach towards both research and education communities and the general public to ensure confidence in the capability of the sector function through COVID-19. 

Here you can read about some of the Nordic responses to COVID-19, in particular the efforts to scale up video and conferencing services.