eI4Africa Workshop: Leveraging Science Gateways & Virtual Research Communities in African e-Science

The eI4Africa third workshop “Leveraging Science Gateways & Virtual Research Communities in African e-Science” is taking place on March 19, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. Organised by the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) and the UbuntuNet Alliance in collaboration with Sigma Orionis and all the eI4Africa consortium members, the workshop is co-hosted by the Center for Atmospheric Research (CAR), an activity centre of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), and the Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative.

The workshop’s main objectives are to:

  • Enhance collaboration among West & Central African and European scientists
  • Raise awareness on the regional research and education networks and their transformative potential
  • Propose alternate means of conducting research and delivering services
  • Demonstrate the relevance of e-Infrastructures and advanced networks
  • Provide a forum for discussions and debates on recent development and perspectives in the field

For more details, see the tentative agenda here.

Registrations, free of charge, are now open: register today!

Event Location: 
Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria


Building a State of the Art Network Infrastructure for Research and Education

WACREN will hold its first annual conference on 13 March 2014.

Focused on cost-effective access to high-capacity bandwidth, connectivity and services, the conference will bring together members of the community, decision and policy makers, international partners and communication services providers to get updates from the various NRENs in the region and discuss infrastructure, interconnection and other technical issues.

It will be followed on 14 March by WACREN’s Annual General Meeting.

Both events will be hosted in Lomé, Togo, by TogoRER. 

Participation in the events is open to everyone who is interested in research and education networking.

Registration is free but mandatory.  WACREN hopes to welcome you in Lomé for these events.

Joining information
Conference Programme
AGM Agenda


WACREN would like to thank the following sponsors who provided their kind support toward the success of this event


Ubuntunet Alliance Congratulates WACREN’s New CEO

“Dr Barry became the Coordinator the Research and Education Networking Unit at the Association of African Universities in 2006 and was elected Director of UbuntuNet Alliance in 2011.He has  brought great wisdom to the positions. When advice or information is sought from him, it is always given promptly yet thoughtfully.  WACREN and UbuntuNet Alliance have so much in common and the appointment of Dr Barry will cement this at the infrastructure, service level, as well as the relationship level"



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