CALL FOR PAPERS – WACREN 2019 - Deadline for submission of abstract extended to 14 December 2018

WACREN is organizing its 5th Annual Conference on 14-15 March 2019 in Accra, hosted by the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET).

The theme of the conference is: "Beyond Networks: Applications and Services".

This is a call for papers for the conference. Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts (500-600 words) on the following or related subjects:

i)        Applications and Services (Cloud Services and Collaboration Tools, Trust and Identity, Cybersecurity)
ii)      User and Science Engagement
iii)     Teaching and Learning
iv)     NREN Business Models and Use Cases
v)       Advanced Network Technologies

The schedule (deadlines) is as follows:

1. Submission of abstracts: 7 14 December 2018
2. Notification of acceptance to authors: 28 December 2018
3. Submission of full papers: 1 March 2019
4. Submission of presentations: 8 March 2019

All documents must be submitted online through the conference website

For authors of selected papers who are not able to get full or partial sponsorship from their organizations to attend the conference, support may be provided for travel or accommodation, subject to availability of resources (for maximum one author per paper).

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at

We look forward to your active participation.

The WACREN 2019 Programme Committee

New Staff and Roles at WACREN

WACREN is pleased to announce developments in its Secretariat staffing: Mr. Omo Oaiya is now Chief Strategy Officer in charge of Business Development and Mr. Alain Aina is now Chief Technology Officer. 

Mrs. Tigui Bah has joined the team as Executive Assistant.


WACREN and VCG sign agreement to host WACREN Secretariat

WACREN and Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) have signed agreement for hosting the WACREN Secretariat at the VCG Office Complex in Accra.

Office space as well as space to host the WACREN Network Operation Center (NOC) have been allocated to WACREN.

CSIRT Maturity and TRANSITS-I Training Workshop - Lagos, Nigeria - November 26-30 2018

WACREN organizes its 7th regional capacity building workshop in Lagos, Nigeria from 26 - 30 November 2018.

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Open CSIRT Foundation,  Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative, a cluster of the Nigerian NREN, the University of Lagos and AfricaConnect2.

The first two of the 5-day workshop will touch on topics of CSIRT/CERT community building, community organisation with Trusted Introducer as an example and maturity building using the SIM3 maturity model.

The remaining 3 days will be devoted to TRANSITS-I,  an introductory training for CSIRT/CERTs covering organisation, operational and legal aspects - as well as a technical introduction. 

All participants who complete the 3 days will receive an official TRANSITS I certificate.

Targeted Audience:  The primary target is NRENs, especially those participating in the AfricaConnect2 project but applications are also welcome from national CSIRTs/CERTs and network security related organisations who are key stakeholders in the trusted CSIRT community that will emerge in the region.

Requirements: Hands-on exercises. No laptop required. 

Language:  Conducted in English with bilingual assistance


  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants from NRENs participating in AfricaConnect2 will be fully sponsored (travel and accommodation from 25 to 30 November 2018).
  • Other international NREN participants and NgREN participants from outside Lagos will be provided with free accommodation (from 25 to 30 November 2018)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Please visit the workshop website to apply -

Deadline for application is 15 October 2018


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