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13 January 2015
2015 Community Awards: nominations welcome
Winners of the 2014 Community Awards, with Dorte Olesen on behalf of the judges.

Nominations are invited for the 2015 research and education networking Community Awards. These 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 GÉANT Association community. The winner(s) will be presented with a small personal gift on Thursday 18 June during the closing plenary session of the 2015 Networking Conference (TNC15) in Porto, Portugal. Nominations can be submitted online until midnight on 29 March 2015.

The nomination procedure that was introduced and proved successful in 2014 has been slightly improved for this year, with fewer questions on the submissions form and a longer period in which to nominate candidates.

Who can be nominated?

Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • he /she shared an idea with the community that developed into something significant such as a well-used tool or service;
  • he / she made a significant contribution to a number of community activities over a sustained period;
  • he / she has made significant contributions to important / recognisable developments within the past 12 months.
'Winners' could be individuals or small teams of named individuals. Winning nominee(s) should meet the same affiliation requirements as those for people submitting nominations.

Who can submit nominations?

Nominations are welcome from:

  • staff employed or sub-contracted by: GÉANT Project partner organisations; GÉANT Association Cambridge or Amsterdam offices (formerly DANTE and TERENA); GÉANT Association member organisations (associates and national or representative members);
  • national or continental research and education networking organisations from outside Europe;
  • individuals who participate in one or more GÉANT Association task force(s) or other GÉANT Association activities, whether by attending meetings or simply being on the mailing list;
  • other individuals who have registered to attend TNC15.
A maximum of two submissions per person will be accepted; if more nominations are submitted, only the first two will be taken into account. Please remember to clear your browser’s cache memory before submitting a second nomination.

How to submit nominations

Nominations can be submitted using the online nomination form.

In order for GÉANT Association and the judges to assess all nominations equally and to follow up on nominations, questions cover some basic facts about the person submitting the form, as well as about the person being nominated and supporting information. Please note that all fields are compulsory and the form takes up to 15 minutes to complete.

Among other things, people submitting nominations will be asked to explain why the nominee deserves special recognition, whether such recognition would be particularly timely during TNC15, whether their work was part of a team effort or has already received wider recognition, and whether the nominator has any ideas for a relevant (token) gift.

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.