Association of scientific and educational organizations - computer networks users - "RELARN" - is a voluntary noncommercial union of research centers and institutes, higher schools ,colleges and other institutions, financed, as a rule, from the State budget.

The RELARN Association was initiated in September of the year 1992, by a joint decision of Ministry of Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Russian Research Center "Kurchatov Institute". The Association was registered as a juridical person in May 24 of 1993. The executive body of the Association is Russian Institute for Puplic Networks (RIPN).

Activity of the Association is aimed to expansion of the information exchanges and to rise their efficiency in the field of science and education.

For this purpose RELARN does the following:

  • gives its participants organizing, financial and technical support in noncommercial information exchange using computer networks technologies;
  • enables interaction with research computer networks in Russia and abroad;
  • helps scientific contacts development, including organizing and carrying out conferences, competitions andexhibitions;
  • coordinates projects aimed on computer networks for science and education development;