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EARN, the European Academic and Research Network, started in 1984 as the first multi-vendor computer communications network in Europe - before the Internet became widely available.


In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of EARN, the EARN 2024 conference will take place in Athens on April 20-21 2024, in conjunction with the RIPE SEE 12 Meeting, to mark the importance of EARN in the development of networking in the European region, to meet up with EARN colleagues and those interested in the history of computer networks, to share ideas, lessons learned, and memories, and to give EARN 2024 attendants a chance to participate in the RIPE meetings and to learn even more about computer networking in Europe in the 21st century. The conference will be held at the Divani Caravel Hotel in the heart of Athens. Book a room at the special conference rate!

At EARN 2024 we will have:

  • Former EARN activists, colleagues and staff

  • Illustrious former EARN Presidents

  • Keynote talks and talks on computer networking history

  • Computer network and technology updates

  • Talks recounting how EARN has had an impact on national networking development, professional careers, and private lifes

  • Ample time to meet old friends and acquaintances, catch up and CELEBRATE

Are you willing to get more information about the event, to participate, and even to contribute as a speaker and/ or a sponsor?


  • Please subscribe to our newsletter here to get the EARN 2024 conference information.

  • Please send a personal email to and/or about your individual contribution and/or sponsorship or conference hosting opportunities.


  • Can we still ask you to forward this pre-announcement to former EARN colleagues you are still in contact with?

  • Thanks so much!

We are looking forward to hearing from you by February 15, 2024 and meeting you again at EARN 2024 - the 40th Anniversary Conference of EARN!

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