2nd WACREN perfSONAR Training Workshop - Accra, Ghana - October 9-13 2017

WACREN organizes its 4th regional capacity building workshop in Accra, Ghana from the  9 - 13 October 2017

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with International Networks at the Indiana University, Ghanaian Academic and Research and Education Network (GARNET), the University of Ghana and AfricaConnect2.

Goal:    Focused on perfSONAR measurement meshes, participants will learn how to set up a new mesh and what it means to have a measuring point participate in a mesh.  These NREN and campus network administrators will also be connected to the WACREN regional perfSONAR deployment.  

Engineers from NRENs who have subscribed to the AfricaConnect2 project and will be connected to WACREN are the priority.   Others will include participants from the 1st WACREN perfSONAR workshop or experienced network engineers who have successfully deployed perfSONAR in their home organisations.  All participants will require exposure to network monitoring, network performance measurements and perfSONAR.  

Expected Outcomes:  Measurements will be taken by participants from NRENs connected to the WACREN network as well as those from countries connected via other international transit. These participants would then be able to quantify the network reliability and performance improvements with the WACREN network compared to commodity Internet services.  

Language:  Conducted in English with bilingual trainers


  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants will be provided with free accommodation (from 8th October to 14 October 2017)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Applications from the ASREN and UbuntuNet Alliance regions are welcome and encouraged.

Please visit the workshop website to apply - https://indico.wacren.net/event/54/registration/

Deadline for application is August 31, 2017

TANDEM, Sci-GaIA and MAGIC projects successfully reviewed

WACREN participated in Brussels in the final reviews of the MAGIC, Sci-GaIA and TANDEM projects by independent reviewers.

TANDEM Project Team

WACREN was member of the consortia of these three H2020 projects funded by the European Commission and participated in their implementation in the past two years.

A lot of takeaways from these projects, and WACREN will build on their achievements to expand and strengthen the Focal Points network and PODWAG, with support of the AfricaConnect2 project.

WACREN thanks the EC and all the partners of these three projects and look forward to continuing working with them.

Thank you for a successful WACREN 2017

From the feedback we got from the 160+ participants, the WACREN 2017 Conference and parallel events have been a great success.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to this success, including those who couldn’t make it to Abidjan, especially the Programme Committee Members and the partners of H2020 projects WACREN is participating in (MAGIC, Sci-GaIA and TANDEM).

The conference presentations are available at https://indico.wacren.net/event/46/speakers, the videos of the various sessions at http://tinyurl.com/WACREN-Videos  and photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/wacren/collections/72157682480872536/

The Abidjan Declaration on NRENs in the WACREN region is also available at http://wacren.net/en/content/abidjan-declaration. Please share widely, especially with the policy and decision makers in West and Central Africa.

A special thank you is due to our hosts (Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d’Ivoire, RITER and UVCI), our Platinum Sponsor (AfricaConnect2), our Gold Sponsors (Glo and XON), our Silver Sponsor (MainOne), our Bronze Sponsor (ICANN), our Training Sponsors (FIRST, Radically Open Security and Université Félix Houphouët Boigny) and, last but not least, our Connectivity Sponsor (Orange CI).

Thank you again, and see you and other new friends at WACREN 2018 in Lomé, Togo.

Boubakar Barry

WACREN 2017 conference - Catalyzing Quality Higher Education and Research

WACREN is organizing its 3rd Annual Conference and 4th Annual General Meeting on 30-31 March 2017, hosted by the Ivoirian Research and Education Network (RITER).  

WACREN 2017 will be held at the brand new Azalaï Hotel, Abidjan, in a vibrant part of the city: Marcory, which is situated half-way between the airport and the business district Plateau.

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 30-31 March 2017 and is preceeded by two workshops on cybersecurity and engagement with librarians as interfaces with the end-users.  

An AfricaConnect2 meeting,  a joint MAGIC/TANDEM/Sci-GaIA workshop and the Final Event of the TANDEM project are also colocated with the conference in a week of activities commencing on 27 March 2017 with the workshops and ending on 31 March 2017 with the WACREN AGM.

The main theme of the conference is: "Catalyzing Quality Higher Education and Research", with the following sub-themes:

  1.     Advanced networks, applications and services (SDN, Cloud services, NOCaaS, …)
  2.     Trust, Identity and Security
  3.     NRENs and communities: Business models, Communities of Practice, Use cases 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.  

Travel and Accomodation:
Delegates requiring a visa for Côte d'Ivoire can apply at the diplomatic représentation of Côte d’Ivoire of their country of residence.  There is also a visa on arrival option; however, delegates choosing this option need to apply beforehand at http://www.snedai.com/

The negotiated room rate at Azalaï (single, breakfast included) is 94,000 CFA (144 EUR).

Room reservation (at Azalaï) can be made through Mr. Almamy Ly (almamy.ly@uvci.edu.ci).  Please copy secretariat@wacren.net.  Mr. Ly can also be reached at +225 75 57 65 55 and +225 78 28 73 03.

Participants can also book directly in nearby and other hotels, including

Quick links:

Conference Web Site:  http://indico.wacren.net/e/Abidjan2017
Workshops : https://indico.wacren.net/category/25/
TANDEM Final Conference : https://indico.wacren.net/category/16/

You can register here for the conference and workshops.   We look forward to seeing you in Abidjan, on the Ebrié Lagoon!



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