COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Following the COVID-19 outbreak in the first half of 2020, most of the world, including the Nordic countries, went into some form of lockdown. The impact to research and education was dramatic. Research collaborations - be they national or global - were forced to go online. Conferences and workshops were cancelled, and in many instances online versions were organized. Universities cancelled all on-campus classes, and sought ways to keep education going using remote education technologies. 

This led to a dramatic increase in the use of video conferences, lecture capturing, video streaming, and all other aspects of online collaboration 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 to function through COVID-19. 

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