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The Terena Networking conference is usually excellent, the nearest in Europe to the EDUCAUSE conference in the USA.

It takes place this year between May 31-June 3 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

TERENA is the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association, and is composed mainly of CIOs and IT managers from most of the main European universities. However, it usually takes a broad perspective, particularly regarding applications of technology such as social networking and e-learning.

It’s a good place to find out what’s really happening in e-learning in European universities (the other main European conference, more focused on e-learning than networks, is EDEN, which is in Valencia, Spain from 9-12 June – the two conferences would justify a nice professional development trip to Europe, he said with tongue in cheek. No, I’m not still yearning for university-paid expenses.)

This year’s TERENA conference focuses on the following topics:

  • network lifestyles
  • network identity and security
  • services and applications
  • supporting infrastructure

The conference will also provide a chance to catch up on developments in two significant European academic networking projects, Géant (a network for research) and Federica (virtualization techniques).

Price is a bit steep (500 euros and you’ve got to get there), but if you wait long enough the euro will be down to par with the dollar (Canadian). There is a limited number of sponsored registration spaces for ‘bona-fide’ students willing to do a poster on networking.

For more details, go to: http://tnc2010.terena.org/


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