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19 February 2010
Students invited to 'live the network life' at TNC 2010

Students from relevant fields are kindly welcomed to participate in this year's TERENA Networking Conference (TNC 2010), taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 31 to 3 June. Eligible students who meet the selection criteria and present a poster at TNC 2010 and online will receive free admission to the conference, with sponsorship by Cisco Systems, Inc. This is a unique opportunity for students to share their ideas with a knowledgeable audience keen on innovation. The best student poster will receive an award at the end of the conference.

To apply, students are encouraged to submit a short poster abstract (100 to 250 words) on any of the subjects relevant to the spirit and objectives of the conference, the theme of which is 'living the network life'. Applications should be sent to tnc2010@terena.org with the subject ‘TNC 2010 Student Poster‘ by 30 April 2010.

“The future of research networking depends on having significant influx of young and talented people," explains Klaas Wierenga, Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. "Cisco is pleased that our TNC sponsorship enables the attendance of students. We look forward to supporting them in this way in the future.“

Creating poster presentations

In the last two years, several TNC participants have created high quality poster presentations. Poster presentations are generally less formal than regular presentations, are more interactive and can provoke various points of view. An effective poster presentation is not just a standard research paper stuck to a board. It should summarise your work with graphs and images to tell the story and should use text more sparingly. Use the full online preliminary programme as a guideline to select a topic for your poster.

Featuring a poster at TNC could serve as an excellent advertisement for your work, and can act as a great conversation starter with TNC participants. Selected posters will be displayed in an area close to the parallel sessions and on the conference website.

Submitting a proposal

There is a limited number of sponsored registration places for bona-fide students from relevant fields - interested students should submit a poster proposal by 30 April.

A sub-panel of the Programme Committee will select the best abstracts and confirm acceptance at two points in time: 9 April (before the end of early registration) and 30 April.

About TNC

TNC is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference - over 500 participants including decision makers, networking specialists and managers from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions and industry representatives attend. Through keynote speeches by renowned specialists and many parallel sessions, TNC presents an overview of the latest developments in research networking, both in the technical field and in the areas of application and management.