RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI)

The RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) aims to involve members of the academic community with the RIPE community by inviting students and researchers to present their Internet-related research at the twice-yearly RIPE Meetings organised by the RIPE NCC. The RIPE community has strong ties with the academic community ever since the beginning of the Internet in Europe, and the goal of RACI is to strengthen those ties while promoting the work of talented researchers and academics in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.

RACI gives students and researchers the opportunity to present their work in front of some the leading technical figures in the Internet world, receive feedback on their research from experts and have their work published on the RIPE Labs website for community feedback.

RACI provides complimentary tickets to the RIPE Meetings, which last five days and regularly attract over 500 attendees from the Internet community. The tickets entitle the successful applicants to attend all RIPE Meeting sessions, lunches, and social events at the meeting venue. RACI will also pay for and organise transport to/from the meeting, as well as accommodation for the duration of the meeting. This is an outstanding opportunity for students and researchers to present their research and network with some of the key figures in the Internet world.

The initiative is coordinated with the RIPE Programme Committee to allow the five RACI scholars to present their research at RIPE Meetings, either during plenary/working group sessions, or in lightning talks at other designated sessions.

The next selected RACI delegate will attend the RIPE 68 Meeting in Warsaw from 12-16 May 2014. If you are interested in applying for attendance as part of RACI, simply fill out the application form available on the RIPE 68 website.

RACI Research Areas

Applicants may wish to propose presentations on research in the following areas, which are discussed at RIPE Meetings:

  • Network measurement and analysis
  • IPv6 deployment
  • BGP routing
  • Network security
  • Internet governance

However, this list is not exhaustive and the community is open to all relevant topics of interest.

Benefits of RACI

Students and researchers selected by RACI are awarded:

  • Free tickets to the upcoming RIPE Meeting and its social functions
  • Financial assistance with associated travel and accommodation


Additionally, the selected applicants will have the chance to:

  • Represent their departments and institutions within an international, open forum, attended by some of the largest and most prominent technological organisations in the world
  • Present their research at the upcoming RIPE Meeting
  • Receive valuable input and critique regarding their work from industry experts and attendees
  • Experience the professional networking environment with parties from a variety of nations and backgrounds, and get their perspectives on current topics of interest
  • Network with the “movers and shakers” of Internet infrastructure and governance, enhancing career and development prospects - previous RIPE Meeting attendees and sponsors have included some of the biggest names in related industries
  • Publish their work to the technical and Internet community at large via RIPE Labs, a public platform frequented by network operators, developers and industry experts

The RIPE community, in turn, benefits from this opportunity to engage in informed discussion with academics and prospective community members, as well as see new innovations and research from a vibrant community. This proves invaluable when shaping the future of RIPE’s activities.


The Application Process

To apply for attendance to RIPE 68 as part of RACI, simply read the Guidance Notes and fill out the application form on the RIPE 68 website.

All applications must be received by Friday 25 April 2014.

Applicants will be informed as to the status of their application by Friday 2 May 2014.

Any applications received after Friday 25 April 2014 will be considered for RACI at RIPE 69, to be held in London, 3-7 November 2014.