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Call for students and young professionals… the GÉANT Future Talent Programme is BACK!

The GÉANT Learning and Development team (GLAD) are pleased to announce the 2024 Future Talent Programme nominations are now open.

What is the Future Talent Programme?

The Future Talent Programme (FTP) provides an opportunity for students and young professionals to develop their public speaking skills, learning how to pitch their proposals and deliver a powerful presentation. There will be practical and interactive workshops which will provide a safe environment for participants to learn and practise together, creating an excellent opportunity to build a network of peers. In addition, all participants are invited to showcase the end result of their learning in a self-recorded video which may be published through GÉANT media channels. For the participants selected to deliver a Lightning Talk at TNC24, they will receive additional one to one coaching.

What is the Lightning Talk Challenge?

The FTP’s Lightning Talk Challenge offers students and young professionals a unique opportunity to present their idea or project to an international audience the largest and most prestigious research and education networking conference – TNC. Nominated by GÉANT project partners, participants will receive professional training to help them master their presentation skills. If your Lightning Talk application is successful, you will receive full financial support to ensure you can attend TNC. Your presentation will be promoted across our various GÉANT communication channels.

Lightning Talk proposals must be submitted by 10th March 2024. The Lightning Talk idea must be associated with computer networking or other technology-related areas.

Take a look at the final presentations from the FTP23 participants:

Am I eligible to participate?

  • You must be a student who is registered on any IT and networking-related course at a university or learning provider, or a young professional working in IT and networking-related areas.
  • All participants must be nominated by a GÉANT member NREN. If in doubt, applicants should select the NREN in the country where they study or work from this list of GÉANT members. Unfortunately, the programme is not currently available to Partner Members.
  • You must be able to commit to the full training programme (3 virtual workshops in March-May 2024)
  • Selected finalists for the Lightning Talk must present their proposal at TNC24.

How can I apply?

If you are an NREN, this programme gives you great exposure in the R&E community and may help to strengthen relations with your institutional partners and users. To participate the NREN must:

  • Be a member of the GÉANT GN5-1 Project
  • Be willing to recruit, select and administer the registration of up to 3 candidates
  • Offer students a local contact (mentor) to support, encourage or promote participants locally

Deadlines and Dates

  • Ensure your local NREN has registered you before 1 February 2024
  • Submit your Lightning Talk proposal to TNC24 before 10 March 2024
  • Attend the virtual training workshops during April – May 2024
  • If you are chosen to present a Lightning Talk, take to the stage at TNC24 in Rennes, France on 10-14 June, 2024.

Will you be the next generation of future talent?

Register here

Further details about the 2024 Future Talent Programme and FAQs are available on the website: 

Download the FTP24 promo flyer:

If you have any questions contact your local NREN or email:

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