WACREN on full thrust for TANDEM, Sci-GaIA and MAGIC

WACREN is actively involved as Consortium Member in the implementation of three (3) projects funded in the framework of European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme.   These projects selected after competitive bid, are:



TANDEM (TransAfrican Network Development) aims at creating the favourable conditions for WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network), enabling the Regional REN to draw maximum benefit from the forthcoming AfricaConnect2 project and ensuring its integration into the global Research and Education networking community and its long-term sustainability.

Sci-GaIA (Energizing Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa) aims at producing clearly structured guides and educational documents that can be used to train and support representatives of NRENs. Communities of Practice (CoPs), and, importantly, to get universities to develop Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa.

MAGIC (Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global Virtual Communities) aims at establishing a set of agreements for participating world regions to consolidate/complete middleware for a marketplace of services and real-time applications to benefit global science communities.

These projects will run simultaneously for a period of two (2) years, and WACREN counts on the support of its community for a successful implementation of these projects. 

For more information,  please click on the logos to visit the project websites or contact info@wacren.net.

WACREN Chairman wins ICANN multi-stakeholder Ethos Award at ICANN53

Prof. Nii Quaynor,  Chair of the WACREN Board received yet another award, this time for his demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the multistakeholder model at the ICANN53 meeting holding in Buenos Aires.

Inductee into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame and recipient of the Internet Society's prestigious Jonathan Postel Award in 2007 for his service, dedication, commitment, and leadership in the region,  Nii Quaynor is recognised as one of the individuals instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet. 

He pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, establishing some of Africa's first Internet connections and helping set up key organizations, including the African Network Operators Group.  He also was the founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African Internet numbers registry.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes those ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions and in the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model to Internet governance.  

We proudly join the rest of the global Internet community in celebrating our Chair.


WACREN and Internet2 sign a MoU

I2MOU (Photo Credit: Internet2/Jocelyn Augustino)

Boubakar Barry, CEO of WACREN, and David Lambert, President and CEO of Internet2, signed a MoU during the Internet2 Global Summit 2015 recently held in Washington DC.


Dear Members and Friends of the WACREN Community,

Following the postponement of WACREN 2015 due to circumstances beyond our control, WACREN has received the offer from RITER, the NREN of Côte d’Ivoire, to host the event in Abidjan.

Unfortunately, clashes with various other events and calendar constraints makes it impossible to find a window that suits all partners.

After careful consideration, WACREN has therefore decided to cancel the event this year and to concentrate on the preparation of next year’s event that will be held on 16 – 18 March 2016. The host country and theme of the event will be announced at a later date.

Authors of the selected abstracts for WACREN 2015 will be contacted shortly.

WACREN wishes to thank all of those who planned to attend this year’s event and looks forward to welcoming them to WACREN 2016.



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