Christian Grimm succeeded the first chair of the merged GEANT, Pierre Bruyère. Erwin Bleumink also stepped down after his term of office expired. Some Board members continued ongoing positions: Dorte Olesen, Sabine Jaume-Rajaonia and Ivan Maric, while Alberto Pérez was re-elected for one year and Marko Bonac for two years. Newly elected members are Raimundas Tuminauskas - for two years - and Erik Huizer and Valter Nordh for three years.
The General Assembly agreed upon the proposed budget and membership fees for 2016, and adopted a new cost sharing model, which aims to monitor and maintain a fair apportionment of costs between national research and education networking organisations (NRENs) as their needs vary over time. The model is designed to allow the GEANT network to be optimised for high performance research and education networking and at the same time to support NRENs in managing their internet traffic. The model promotes fair cost sharing among NRENs and encourages use of the GEANT network.
Terms of Reference were adopted for a new framework for community collaboration, the GEANT Community Programme (GCP), which evolved from the old TERENA Technical Programme. It will be overseen by a new GEANT Community Committee, which will among other things, follow the work of the task forces and special interest groups.
The Ukranian NREN, URAN, was admitted as new national GEANT member, subject to payment of the annual membership fee.
The GEANT General Assembly meeting was held back-to-back with a workshop of the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG). e-IRG Chair Sverker Holmgren gave a presentation to the meeting on recent and future e-IRG work and engaged in a dialogue with GA delegates.