WACREN is organizing its 2nd Annual Conference hosted by the Senegal Research and education Network (snRER).  

WACREN 2016 will be held at the Novotel Hotel, Dakar, overlooking the historic Gorée Island and Atlantic Ocean.  Located in the famous Corniche seafront area and a short walk from the Place de l’Independence in the city center, the Novotel Dakar is perfect to discover Dakar and its heritage. Nearby attractions include the African Renaissance Museum, IFAN Museum of African Arts, the Grand Mosque, the Cathedral and Lake Retba (Pink Lake).

This year’s conference brings together policy and decision makers, scientists, researchers, network managers, collaboration specialists, e-learning, identity and access management experts, and connectivity and equipment providers from across Africa and the rest of the world. 

The conference will take place on on 17-18 March 2016 and is preceeded by a series of workshops promoting e-Infrastructure development and Open Science in Africa.  The 2nd TANDEM National and Regional Conferences and AfricaConnect2 coordination meetings are also colocated with the conference in a week of activities commencing on 14 March 2016

The main theme of the conference is: “Enabling Virtual Research and Education Communities”, with the following sub-themes:

  • Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) and Mobility
  • NREN Business and Governance Models
  • Innovation in R&E Networks
  • Network Design and Operation
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Shared Experiences, Best Practices and Collaboration

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a  number of fun and exciting social events. Each event offers a unique opportunity  to experience some of the local culture and network with fellow attendees.  

Other alternative accommodation options in walking distance include:

  1. Ibis, which is on the same premises as Novotel – http://www.ibis.com/Dakar‎
  2. Pullman – http://www.pullmanhotels.com/Dakar
  3. Nina – http://hotelnina-senegal.com/

Novotel – Negotiated room rate (single), breakfast included: 81,000 CFA (123 EUR) 
Reservation: dakar.reservation@accor.com

Ibis – Negotiated room rate (single), breakfast included : 69,000 CFA (105 EUR)
Reservation: dakar.reservation@accor.com

Nina – Negotiated room rate (single), breakfast included : 38,000 CFA (58 EUR)
Reservation: hotelnina@orange.sn

Quick links:
    •    Conference Web Site:  https://indico.wacren.net/e/Dakar2016/
    •    Workshops : https://indico.wacren.net/category/23/
    •    TANDEM Awareness and Dialogue Workshops : https://indico.wacren.net/category/15/
You can register here for the conference and workshops.   We look forward to seeing you in Dakar!