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Future Talent Programme Profile: José Pedro Guerra Brito

What did the 2018 Future Talent Programme mean for the students who took part? How did it affect them and influence their plans for the future? Let’s learn about their experience of some of the FTP participants in the following short testimonials.

Name:             José Pedro Guerra Brito
Organisation: University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD)
Activity:           Lightning Talks
Title:                Efficiency is the way to go: get to know Enki
NREN:             FCT/FCCN, Portugal

I’m a masters’ student in Computer Engineering and a research fellow at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro in Portugal. FCCN was aware of my research work and invited me to participate in a nationwide application to be part of the GÉANT FTP programme.  After the initial selection I had the opportunity to take part in several e-workshops given by a professional presentation coach, further to a final selection, I made it in the final group to present at TNC18.

This programme is an absolute asset for my future and for the invaluable skills that it taught me. I learned that we should shape our presentation with the target audience in mind and follow the principle to “Keep It Simple” in order to maintain the audience’s interest throughout the speech.

I will never forget the moment when I got on the stage and presented my project. Despite feeling quite nervous, I made treasure of the intensive training, the advice received also by all of those who stood by us and accompanied us in this journey, kept me calm and confident that everything would go well. The positive feedback received made me very proud of my work too.

TNC18 marked my life and made me grow up so much at the emotional and professional level. I have learned that I should not doubt my abilities, that I must stay strong and embrace all challenges and that it’s good to get out of our comfort zone once in a while. All the new acquired skills will help me to be more professional and a better researcher.

My most heartfelt thanks go to GÉANT, Nadia Sluer and Irina Mikhailava for all their efforts and hard work, I really enjoyed meeting you all and sharing the experience with you.

Get Involved for TNC19 – Tallinn 16-20 June

To register your students for this year’s Future Talent Programme at TNC19 visit: https://eventr.geant.org/events/3049

For more information on FTP, contact Nadia Sluer nadia.sluer@geant.org