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Future Talent Programme 2023: A new generation of talents to lead the R&E community into the future

Participants of GÉANT Future Talent Programme 2023 - TNC23
Participants of GÉANT Future Talent Programme 2023

The GÉANT Future Talent Programme (FTP) is back! This year, sixteen talented students and young professionals were sponsored by eight NRENs from across Europe to take part in the programme and receive expert presentation training, which will enable them to share their ideas to a wide audience at TNC (and beyond, with FTP Lightning Talks published on the GEANTtv YouTube channel).

GÉANT is extremely proud to see the programme continuing to thrive, building a talent “pipeline” for NRENs and creating a platform for younger generations to boost their experience, share their innovative research, and make contacts within the international Research and Education networking community.

“The aim of the Future Talent Programme is to attract the next generation to our community. It has been great to see the students’ energy and ideas emerging during their training sessions. One FTP22 alumnus is now a GÉANT employee, which is exactly what the programme envisaged. We look forward to welcoming more FTP students into our community in future.” Sarah Hughes, Senior Learning and Development Manager, GÉANT

Mastering the art of impactful presentations

Supported by the GÉANT Learning and Development (GLAD) team, the programme is designed to help all participants shape their ideas and vision into captivating and engaging presentations, by providing them with the necessary skills via expert training and 1:1 coaching.

Building on the successful experiences of previous years, FTP23 participants joined Coach Michael Koenka, of Koenka & Partners, for a series of Masterclasses which took place between March and May 2023.

Ideas as bright as lightning (talks)

Out of this year’s group of participants, eight Future Talents made it to the next step and were selected to join the prestigious TNC23 conference. They will share their work live on stage in front of an international audience of peers and specialists, in a 5-minute Lightning Talk format.

These young talents reflect the spirit of TNC23’s main theme of “Digital Generations” in lively and vibrant Tirana. Last year’s engaging and impactful presentations were widely praised, and this year’s Lightning Talk sessions are not to be missed!

More information on the 2023 Future Talent Programme is available on the GLAD wiki, together with profiles of all participants to the 2023 edition:

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