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Gert Döring Receives 2022 Rob Blokzijl Award

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Today at RIPE 84 in Berlin, Gert Döring received the Rob Blokzijl Award for his long-standing contribution to the Address Policy Working Group and the RIPE community, and for his work to promote IPv6.

Speaking for the 2022 Award Committee, Sander Steffann said: "Gert has been a strong force in the development of IPv6 and has helped community members to deploy it in their own networks. His style of chairing was an example for many and he was always willing to help others and contribute to this community. He was also one of the longest serving working group chairs with 18 years chairing the Address Policy Working Group."


Gert Döring (left) and Falk von Bornstaedt

The award honours the memory of Rob Blokzijl, the first Chairman of RIPE. It recognises individuals who have made substantial technical and operational contributions to the development of the Internet in the RIPE NCC service region and supported or enabled others.

In a short ceremony, Falk von Bornstaedt from the Rob Blokzijl Foundation presented the award to Gert Döring. Together with the award, Gert receives EUR 10,000 from the Foundation, and has offered to donate part of this sum to buy fibre optic splicers to help rebuild networks in Ukraine, with the Foundation making up the remainder.