Our community is one of the biggest strengths of GÉANT and we are proud that this community continues to grow. CONNECT issue 24 reflects this growth, packed full of articles that we hope you find as interesting to read as we did to create! We have interviews with Andreas Dudler, Managing Director of SWITCH and GÉANT Board Member; Klaas Wierenga, GÉANT Chief Community Support Officer; and Deirdre Carabine, Professor at the Virtual University of Uganda. We also preview Europe’s largest research networking conference TNC17 and GÉANT’s involvement in the upcoming Internet2 Global Summit. Plus we shine the spotlight on the GÉANT Operations Centre, look at the next steps in the GÉANT IaaS cloud initiative, highlight GÉANT Testbeds – bringing researchers and technology together, and look at Up2U – a new EU-funded project by GÉANT.