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From June 15th to the 18th, the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, TNC15,  it’s 31st edition, will occur in Porta, Portugal. One of the most ancient cities of Europe and the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon.

Organized by GÉANT, with more than 650 participants, this annual event brings together decision makers, managers, networking and collaboration specialists, and identity and access management experts from all major European networking and research organisations, universities,and worldwide sister institutions.

Attendees will be given a unique overview of the latest developments in research networking, both in the technical field and in the area of application and management.

Some of the Keynote speaker topics will be:

Connected Communities Need Strong Foundations by John Day, which will explore the history and future of the Internet from a unique perspective.

Cultural Data in the Age of Experience by Sarah Kenderdine, which will explore transforming digital cultural heritage archives into embodied experiences for cultural organisations, using  virtual environment design, imaging technologies, new museology and other emerging digital metodologies.

Unconscious Biases: Addressing Stealth Barriers to Innovation & Productivity by Avis Yates Rivers, a discussion of why there is a disparity of women and people of color in engineering and technology and how it impacts innovation, productivity and profits.

You can read more about the issues surrounding Unconscious Bias in Avis’s blog. The blogs of the other TNC15 keynote speakers can be found here.

TNC15 will be hosted by FCT | FCCN, Portugal’s unit for the operation of the National Research and Education Network within the funding agency for science and research in Portugal.

GÉANT is owned by its core membership. This includes 36 National Members, which are European national research and education network (NREN) organisations, and one Representative Member – NORDUnet – which participates on behalf of five Nordic NRENs.

GÉANT was formed on 7 October 2014, when its members agreed to change the Articles of Association of TERENA, changing its name to GÉANT Association (now just GÉANT) , and the majority of DANTE shares were transferred to the association.