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The 4th eI4Africa Thematic Workshop successfully held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

The 4th eI4Africa Thematic Workshop ”High Performance Computing for Public Good” was successfully held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on June 3rd, 2014. The workshop was organised under the aegis of the European Commission (EC, DG CONNECT) and in co-location with the Technology Transfer Alliance (TTA) Conference 2014.

The multiple workshop objectives, stated below, were met beyond expectations:

  • Strengthen collaboration among African and European scientists;
  • Raise awareness on the regional Research and Education Networks and their 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.

The event was graced with the presence of Professor Makame Mbarawa, the Tanzania Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, as Guest of Honor. The Minister started by thanking the organizers for inviting him to participate in this exciting event. In his speech, he elaborated on the Tanzanian Government’s efforts in building various e-Infrastructures such as the national ICT Broadband network, which are crucial for providing many services at affordable prices. He emphasised the importance of Euro-Africa collaboration, of sharing experiences and good practices and on raising awareness on the potential of e-Infrastructures. The Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) Principal, Professor John Kondoro, also shared with the audience the major achievements of the Centre of Excellency in ICT at DIT in the area of High Performance Computing.

The workshop featured presentations, a panel discussion, and demonstrations. The sessions provided the attendees with an update on the status of the e-Infrastructures in Africa and with an overview of e-Infrastructure use cases and applications.

An exciting moment of the workshop was the Birds-of-a-Feathers (BoF) sessions. Workshop’s attendees with interests in Health, Repositories, and Agriculture and Environment discussed about the opportunities in the use of e-Infrastructure in their respective areas.

A few tangible workshop output include:

  • An interest from Zambia participant to engage the NREN (ZAMREN) so that they can participate in creating Identity Providers (IdP) and Certification Authorities (CA) to allow researchers to access the Science Gateway;
  • About ten institutions were committed for Data Repository during the BoF session.

The workshop gathered 63 participants from 10 African and European countries, as well as from the USA, mainly high-level stakeholders from Universities, Research Institutes, NRENs, Ministries and the local administration.

This thematic workshop was organised by DIT with the support of Sigma Orionis and all eI4Africa project partners. The workshop was co-hosted by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and the Tanzania Research and Education Network (TERNET).

The workshop was followed by the Technology Transfer Alliance (TTA) Conference 2014 where the eI4Africa consortium (KTH, DIT, Brunel, Cometa, Sigma Orionis) was strongly represented.

The workshop is the last of a series of four thematic workshops organised by the eI4Africa project, aiming at raising awareness on research and education networks, at explaining cooperation opportunities on e-Infrastructures to interested communities and at offering networking opportunities among parties willing to engage in collaborative projects.

This series of workshops is followed by the “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future” Conference, an event organised jointly by the eI4Africa and iMentors EU-funded projects, that will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on October 29th.

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