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TNC2014 networks with the world in practice


In line with the theme of this year's TERENA Networking Conference - 'Networking with the world' - participation by individuals and organisations from outside Europe is higher than ever before. More than 650 people from 54 countries attended the event in Dublin from 19-22 May. 18 percent of speakers and around 45 percent of participants were from world regions outside Europe. Remote participation also increased, with almost 3,000 people around the world viewing session streams.

Cross-continental significance

ASREN announces new PoPs at TNC2014

TNC2014 was the event chosen by ASREN (Arab States Research and Education Network) to announce that the first Points of Presence (PoPs) in the pan-Arab network have been opened, in London and Fujairah, in cooperation with the EUMEDCONNECT3 project.

Yousef Torman (ASREN) explains why he and Ahmed Dabbagh (Khalifa University) chose to disclose the news at TNC: "At ASREN, we count on TNC as one of the most important venues for networking among experts, researchers, networkers, technologists and scientists from all over the world. Announcing our first Points of Presence there gives us ultimate publicity to this unique gathering and opens more avenues for partnership and networking with organisations and people of interest."

Ubuntunet selects delegates to send to TNC

The growth in TNC's cross-continental attraction is evident from the fact that, for the past two years, the UbuntuNet Alliance has proactively sought to send staff members from African NRENs to the conference. The TNC2014 delegates therefore included network engineers from RENU (Uganda) and MoRENet (Mozambique).

Tusu Tusubira, CEO of Ubuntunet, explains the value of TNC participation to African participants: "Even in the knowledge society, the chemistry of person to person contact is the strongest glue of any community of practice. TNC is literally a global human cross-roads where our upcoming engineers and researchers can build such bonds with people who are passionate about the practice of research and education networking and its advancement as well as the consequent human development opportunities and benefits it entails."

Topics without boundaries

Every year, TNC is packed with sessions that discuss a wide variety of topics that are relevant to research and education (networking) around the world. At TNC2014, a panel session discussed global collaboration making the research and education networking community stronger, with a GÉANT presentation about global service collaboration and a contribution by the Asian networking community. Keynote speakers Jelmer Evers (UniC, NL), Tracy Futhey (Duke University, USA) and Lord David Puttnam (UK) called on the TNC2014 participants to engage with the challenges and requirements related to technology in global education and learning, while Barend Mons (Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre, NL) called for data stewardship to be included in future research projects, Stephen Farrell (Trinity College Dublin, IE) issued a call to arms against pervasive monitoring, and Martyn Dade-Robertson (Newcastle University, UK) presented data art. Other topics included ‘the global university’, cloud services and federated identity for research and education.

Further Information

TNC2014 was organised by TERENA and hosted by HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network.

Conference slides and papers can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant session in the schedule.

Archived session video streams and video interviews with keynote speakers are available on TERENAtube.

TNC2015 will be hosted by FCT-FCCN in Porto, Portugal from 15-18 June 2015.

More about EUMEDCONNECT3, ASREN, UbuntuNet and GÉANT.