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1 June 2010
Selected students present their ideas at TNC 2010
Students from various disciplines related to networking presented posters during TNC 2010

Postgraduate students met leading figures from TERENA and Cisco at the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) on Tuesday, 8 June. For the third consecutive year, students from relevant fields were invited to present a poster on any of the subjects relevant to the spirit and objectives of the conference. The selected posters are being displayed this week at TNC 2010 and can be viewed online. This is a unique opportunity for students to share their ideas with a knowledgeable captive audience keen on innovation.

With sponsorship from Cisco Systems, selected European students from all fields related to research networking were able to attend the conference free of charge, thereby giving them access to experts from across Europe who have gathered at TNC 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Klaas Wierenga, Cisco’s representative in TERENA, explains why they decided to support this opportunity: “One of Cisco’s objectives is to stimulate the development of networking. We recognise that an influx of fresh ideas is critical to being able to do that. Our sponsorship is really an investment in our collective future in research networking." He continues, "I have been very impressed with the quality of the ideas expressed in the student posters – they contain concepts that challenge the paradigms of some of the more traditional networking concepts.” Cisco supports ground-breaking ideas in the research community in other ways, such as providing equipment and expertise to qualified research projects.

TERENA’s President, Janne Kanner, and Vice-President Conferences, Miroslav Milinović, warmly welcomed the students and encouraged them to meet as many people as possible at the conference, not only to expand their network of contacts, but more importantly, to share and evangelise their ideas.

Some of the poster topics covered by the students include ‘User-centric privacy in a multi-protocol SSO environment’, ‘Quality of VVoIP applications in wireless networks’ and ‘Multi-cast tests on the GÉANT network’. A non-technical poster presentation on ‘Copyright issues as the effect of Internet technologies and the opportunities they offer’ added diversity to the mix of technical concepts.

The students travelled from various parts of Europe to attend this year’s TNC. Their studies include disciplines such as network communications, system network engineering, telecommunications, physics, electronics engineering and law.

Further information

A full list of all posters presented at the conference, including those of the nine students and other TNC 2010 participants.