Karel Vietsch

In May 2013 Karel Vietsch had received Dutch royal recognition for his outstanding contribution to research and education networking and the Internet in general, when he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. His work had influenced SURFnet, RIPE NCC, the European Networking Policy Group (ENPG), the Co-operation for Open Systems Interconnection Networking in Europe (COSINE), and the GÉANT project, among others. At TNC2014 the panel of judges wished to also acknowledge Karel's extraordinary dedication to the community, by honouring him posthumously, after he passed away on 23 February 2014.

Karel had continued to provide information and support to the TERENA Secretariat staff and engaged with the wider community even while on sick leave. He further demonstrated his commitment by setting up the 'Vietsch Foundation' to help stimulate the research and education networking community in future. A first public announcement about the existence and aims of the Vietsch Foundation was made during the TNC2014 opening plenary session.

What the judges said:

"It will be difficult to find anyone else who can put so much effort into our community. Karel is a real example and role model and he will be sorely missed."

Further information

For links to more information about Karel's life and the community's response to his death, see the news item "TERENA says thanks for community's condolences".

For further information about the Vietsch Foundation, contact Valentino Cavalli.

The TNC presentation can be viewed via

The TNC presentation can be viewed via TERENAtube (from 26'55").


The 2014 panel of judges

Dorte Olesen (Technical University of Denmark) - former TERENA president and chair of the GÉANT NREN Policy Committee;
Pierre Bruyère (Belnet) - TERENA President;
John Boland (HEAnet) - CEO of the TNC2014 host organisation;
Erik Huizer (SURFnet) - Chair of the TNC2014 Programme Committee.