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9 February 2015
Reasons to nominate a colleague for this year's Community Award

There is still time to nominate a peer or colleague for the 2015 research and education networking Community Awards, before the deadline of midnight on 29 March 2015. Anyone who has contributed their time, ideas and expertise to the research and education networking community's collaborative work is eligible. People who were nominated but did not receive the award in 2014 may be nominated again this year, so please take this opportunity!

Last year, Stefan Winter received a Community Award following two nominations. Jean-Luc Dorel, of the European Commision's Directorate-General Connect, was pleased that 'his' nominee was selected: "As the community strives for excellence and innovation, it is natural that talents are rewarded for their contributions to the advancement of the Internet and as a source of inspiration for the new generation in the community".

Tomasz Wolniewicz, from the ICT Centre of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, "was delighted to learn that Stefan had received the award; he truly deserved it". He had been working closely with Stefan for a long time, "therefore I felt competent in making the nomination", he explains. "I think the awards are a great idea and hopefully will be picked up by the community and be awarded to those who have really added something significant to our world and to our NREN presence and services we provide."

Another winner of 2014 was Jan Meijer. Harri Kuusisto of CSC (Finland) nominated him and says, "it was a great pleasure to see my nominee rewarded". He feels that the Community Awards "are a great way to raise up the names and faces of the people who are more or less responsible for the good and valuable things happening out there! The whole community is fed by the low-hanging fruits that these active people and their teams and projects grow for us. Since I know these people are not the first to ask to be rewarded, I took it as a duty on behalf of the whole community to leak the name and the reasons for the panel of judges to decide!"

Nominate now!

The Community Awards are intended to show gratitude and respect to teams or individuals who have shared their ideas, expertise and time with the community, often voluntarily and through good will. Up to three nominees may be selected by a panel of judges from the research and education networking community. The winner(s) will be presented with a personal gift on Thursday 18 June during the closing plenary session of this year's networking conference, TNC15, in Porto, Portugal.

You can find the rules and regulations in the following news article, or go straight to the online nomination form.

Background information

Since 2012, TNC has been the place where public recognition has been given to members of the research and education networking community for their contributions to the development of relevant technologies and services or to collaborative community activities. These awards were introduced by TERENA (now the Amsterdam office of GÉANT Association) and received sponsorship from the GÉANT Project (managed by GÉANT Association’s Cambridge office, formerly DANTE) for the first time in 2014. This sponsorship primarily covered administrative costs and allowed greater community say in the selection process by providing a judging procedure and a nomination system that invites nominations from and about people in Europe and other world regions.

If you have any queries, please contact pr@terena.org.

Information about past Community Award winners.