This year's Terena Networking Conference (TNC15) will take place from 15 to 18 June in Porto, Portugal. It will focus on the theme of "Connected Communities".
Today, national research and education networks (NRENs) find themselves at an exciting crossroads in society. Not only do they provide the basic network infrastructure on which big science and big data build, but they also address the requirements of ever-increasing and more diverse communities of Internet end users in the wider research and education areas. Many questions around cloud computing, software-defined networking, mobility, "over-the-top" and more remain unanswered, and their impact on the NREN landscape and their potential to address users' needs are still unclear. All of this at a time when privacy and security cannot be taken for granted.
TNC15 is the 31st edition of the largest and most important conference for European academic networks. It is organised by the GÉANT Association, recently created by the merger of TERENA and DANTE. TNC15 website https://tnc15.terena.org/.