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EDNES is a non-governmental, non-profit, international association, registered under the French law in Strasbourg, France, in 1993. EDNES headquarters are located in Strasbourg, France. Currently the association has branches in Strasbourg (France), Moscow (Russian Federation), Rabat (Morocco), Kiev (Ukraine), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Other branches are planned to be opened in Yerevan, Armenia, and Boulder, Colorado, USA. EDNES Lusaka branch in Zambia was active in 1993-1995. The association has corporate and personal membership.

EDNES membership includes Strasbourg Louis Pasteur University (France), Paris Institute of Physics of the Earth (France), Stanford University (USA), Russian Academy of Sciences, Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Lomonosov State University (Russia), Tashkent University (Uzbekistan), Mohammadia School of Engineers (Morocco), National Research Centre of Morocco, National Technical University of Ukraine "Kiev Polytechnical Institute", National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Baku Scientific and Training Centre (Azerbaijan). EDNES is open for new members willing to contribute to the goals pursued by the association.

EDNES is headed by President elected by the assembly of the association. The assembly also elects Vice President and endorses the nomination of Secretary General made by the President. Since 1993, Prof. Jean Bonnin, Strasbourg, France, has been elected as EDNES President, and Prof. Alexei Gvishiani, Moscow, Russia, has been elected as EDNES Vice President. Dr. Martine Amalvict, Strasbourg, France, has been nominated as EDNES Secretary General since 1995 and Mrs. Tatiana Shuliakovskaia, Moscow, Russia, has been nominated as EDNES Deputy Secretary General since 1998.

Since 1993 EDNES has implemented projects in collaboration with the EC, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNEP, International Council for Science (ICSU), ICSU Panel on World Data Centres (WDCs), International Lithosphere Programme (ILP), Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Programme (GSHAP), European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), National Geophysical Data Centre (NGDC) of NOAA, USA, French Atomic Energy Commission, American, British, French universities, as well as with numerous research, educational, informatics and telematics organizations in the CIS countries.

In 1996-1999 EDNES, under the coordination of UNESCO, was the leading participant in the EC TAP project "Support for Telematics Application Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States" (STACCIS, SU1116, 1996-1999). EDNES was the coordinator of the IST projects "New Methods of Working for Information Society Technologies Promotion to Commonwealth of Independent States" (WISTCIS, IST-1999-14106, 2000-2003) and "Teleworking as a Tool for Information Society Technologies Programme Promotion to Baltic States" (TELEBALT, IST-2001-33041, 2001-2003). At the moment the association is coordinator of the project "Telework Solutions for Promotion of EU Cooperation in Business and Research with the Commonwealth of Independent States" (TELESOL, IST-1999-29038, 2002-2005) and active participant of the project ORGANIC (A/03/B/F/PP-158.026, 2003-2006).

Three EDNES branches are actively involved in implementation of the IST projects: Moscow, Kiev and Baku. EDNES Moscow branch is operational since 1993 when EDNES was founded. It is linked with the Centre of Geophysical Data Studies and Telematics Applications (CGDS) of Institute of Physics of the Earth of Russian Academy of Sciences (IPE RAS). EDNES Moscow branch is headed by Prof. Alexei Gvishiani.

Two other EDNES branches that play important roles in IST projects, are based in National Technical University of Ukraine "Kiev Polytechnical Institute" (EDNES Ukrainian branch) and Baku Scientific and Training Centre (EDNES Azerbaijan branch).

Ukrainian EDNES branch works in close collaboration with Institute of Applied System Analysis (IASA) of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine — one of the most advanced Ukrainian institutions in the field of teleworking. In particular, the branch has long-term telematics applications and teleworking projects with its mother body International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria. Acad. Mikhail Zgurovsky is the head of the branch.

Azerbaijan EDNES branch is hosted by Baku Scientific and Training Centre. It has long history of joint projects with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNIDO and UNESCO in the field of education and training in telematics. This EDNES branch plays an important role in IST projects development in Caucasian countries. Dr. Tofig Babaev is the head of the branch.


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