Laura Durnford (Senior Communications Officer)



Laura Durnford is the Senior Communications Officer in the Amsterdam office of the GÉANT Association - formerly the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association, (TERENA). Laura joined TERENA in May 2007.

Originally from the UK, Laura graduated from the Liverpool John Moores University in 1993 with an honours degree in Biology, before obtaining a Masters Degree in Science Communication in 1995 from Imperial College, London.

Laura then spent around 12 years working as a radio producer and presenter - most notably with the BBC World Service’s science unit in London, and then at Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the Dutch international broadcasting service based in Hilversum. Although she made documentaries and topical programmes on a range of subjects, her primary specialism was always science and research. For nine years she produced and presented a weekly half-hour programme that dealt with everything from medicine and astronomy to engineering and the environment, winning several internationally recognised awards.

From April 2009 to June 2012, Laura's main task was to lead the Partner Services Promotion task of the GN3 project, assisting national research and education networks with their plans to promote multi-domain services to end users. She is now continuing related work as a member of the GN3plus Product Marketing and Promotion team and focusing on eduroam and interfederation through eduGAIN.

Laura leads the communications work of the GÉANT Association's Amsterdam office, which includes writing and editing news reports and publications for print, coordinating publicity materials at events, and supporting the Task Force on Communications and Public Relations (TF-CPR). Laura is also responsible for overall strategic planning of communications activities in liaison with colleagues in the Cambridge office.

Any time left over is rapidly consumed by her two children and her vain attempts to squeeze in gardening, reading and swimming, as well as singing in a choir, attending occasional lectures and amateur acting.