Community Awards

TERENA and the GÉANT project have collaborated to open up Community Awards to nominations from across the research and education networking global community, and are pleased to announce the call for nominations. These awards are designed to show gratitude and respect to teams or individuals who have shared their ideas, expertise and time with the community; such contributions are often provided voluntarily and through good will. National or continental research and education networking organisations from outside Europe, including AARNET, APAN, CANARIE, Internet2, RedCLARA, Ubuntunet can submit nominations.


These awards were introduced by TERENA in 2012, with recipients being honoured online and during the annual TERENA Networking Conference (TNC).

Up to three nominees may be selected by a panel of judges from among the GÉANT and TERENA community. The winner(s) will be presented with a small personal gift on Thursday 22 May during the closing plenary session of TNC2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Nominations can be submitted until midnight on 20 March 2014.

For the past few years, the TNC has been the place where public recognition has been given to members of the European research and education networking community for their contributions to the development of relevant technologies and services or to collaborative community activities. The new nominations procedure, sponsored by the GÉANT project, not only opens the awards up to greater community engagement within Europe, but also invites nominations from and about people in other world regions.

Who can be nominated?

Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • he /she shared an idea with the community that developed into something significant such as a well-used tool or service;
  • he / she made a significant contribution to a number of community activities over a sustained period;
  • he / she has made significant contributions to important / recognisable developments within the past 12 months.

‘Winners’ could be individuals or small teams of named individuals. Winning nominee(s) should meet the same affiliation requirements as those for people submitting nominations (see below).

Who can submit nominations?

Nominations are welcome from:

  • staff employed or sub-contracted by: GÉANT project partner organisations; DANTE; TERENA national, associate or international member organisations;
  • national or continental research and education networking organisations from outside Europe, including AARNET, APAN, CANARIE, Internet2, RedCLARA, Ubuntunet;
  • individuals who participate in one or more TERENA task force(s) or other TERENA activities, whether by attending meetings or simply being on the mailing list;
  • other individuals who have registered to attend TNC2014.

A maximum of two submissions per person will be accepted; if more nominations are submitted, only the first two will be taken into account.

How to submit nominations

Nominations can be submitted using the online nomination form. In order for TERENA and the judges to assess all nominations equally and to follow up on nominations, questions cover some basic facts about the person submitting the form, as well as about the person being nominated and supporting information. Please note that all fields are compulsory.

Among other things, people submitting nominations will be asked to explain why the nominee deserves special recognition, whether such recognition would be particularly timely during TNC2014, whether their work was part of a team effort or has already received wider recognition, and whether the nominator has any ideas for a relevant (token) gift.

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Information about past Community Award winners.


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The Ibero-American Programme for Science, Technology and Development ( CYTED Programme) extends the deadline for the submission of proposals until May 7th, 2013, at 17 hours (local time in Madrid, Spain).

CYTED 2013The call is aimed at the implementation of Thematic Networks in the Thematic Areas of the CYTED Programme in order to promote the exchange of knowledge between research groups and to enhance the cooperation as a working method in a specific scientific or technological theme, in order to increase their visibility on the Iberoamerican region.

All documents related to the call (guidelines, Applicant Guidebook, research lines, etc.) are available on the program Website:



Ibero-American Programme for Science, Technology and Development ( CYTED Programme) opens its Annual Call for Research Papers CYTED 2013.

CYTED 2013The call will be open from February 1st until April 4th at 17h (local time in Madrid, Spain) and includes the research guidelines mentioned in the document "Open research lines in 2013", available along with the other documents of the Call in the CYTED website:

This document specifies the participation instruments allow in each line called (Themes for this call) of the 7 scientific and technological areas in which the CYTED Programme works (Agro-Food, Health, Promotion of Industrial Development, Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems, Information Technology and Communications, Science and Society and Energy)

To send a proposal is it necessary to complete the online form available on the CYTED Web page CYTED ( Also, all documents related to the call are available on the program Website (section “CYTED Call for Research Papers 2013").

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