An African e-Infrastructure for Virtual Research Communities and their Applications

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 from to (Europe/Rome)
Description
A joint CHAIN-REDS / eI4Africa Workshop organised under the aegis of the European Commission (EC) and in co-location with UbuntuNet-Connect 2013
 
November 13, 2013, Kigali - Rwanda 

The CHAIN-REDS and eI4Africa EU/FP7 projects have a common interest in promoting the adoption of consolidated standards, both in the e-Infrastructure and certification authorities and Federated Identity services domains, with the ultimate aim of widening the number of potential users of e-Infrastructures in Africa. 
 
The CHAIN-REDS and eI4Africa partnerships organised a highly interactive joint event to present a set of activities implemented to date, including the deployment of Science Gateways and federated services (Certification Authorities and Identity Providers), a Knowledge Database, a e-Infrastructure application survey, as well as a large number of live demos in life science, healthcare and environmental sectors, among others.

The main objectives of this workshop were to: 
  • Enhance collaboration among African and European scientists
  • Raise awareness of 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 developments and perspectives in the field.
This thematic workshop took place on November 13, 2013, in Kigali, co-located with the UbuntuNet-Connect 2013 (Nov. 14-15, 2013) and it is organised by KIST and the UbuntuNet Alliance with the support of Sigma Orionis and all eI4Africa and CHAIN-REDS project partners. 

Pictures from the workshop are available here.

Download the delegate package for workshop participants.
Go to day
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2013
    • 08:00 - 09:00 Registrations and welcome of participants 1h0'
    • 09:00 - 09:45 Opening ceremony 45'
      Co-chairs
      Karine Valin, Managing Director, Sigma Orionis, eI4Africa Project Coordinator and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, France
      Federico Ruggieri, Director of Research, INFN and CHAIN-REDS Project Coordinator, Italy
      Material: Slides pdf file
      • Opening addresses 25'
        Francis Frederick Tusubira, CEO, UbuntuNet Alliance and eI4Africa/CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, Uganda
        Donart Ngarambe, Director, REHCE/KIST and eI4Africa Project Partner, Republic of Rwanda
        Manasseh Mbonye, Principal, College of Science and Technology (Former KIST), Republic of Rwanda
      • Welcome addresses 20'
        Achim Tillessen, Head of Section Economics and Governance, EU Delegation to the Republic of Rwanda 
        Marie Christine Gasingirwa, Director General for Science, Technology and Research, Ministry of Education, Government of the Republic of Rwanda
        Material: Slides pdf filedown arrow
    • 09:45 - 10:15 Keynote speech 30'
      • Overview of e-Infrastructure applications in Europe and Africa 15'
        Bruce Becker, Coordinator, South African National Grid, Meraka Institute of CSIR, South Africa
        Material: Slides pdf file
    • 10:15 - 10:45 Coffee/tea break, networking and media interaction
    • 10:45 - 12:00 Setting the scene 1h15'
      Co-facilitators:
      Ognjen Prnjat, European and Regional e-Infrastructure Manager, GRNET and CHAIN-REDS project Partner, Greece
      Donart Ngarambe, Director, REHCE/KIST and Member of the eI4Africa Project, Republic of Rwanda
      • Short introduction to the eI4Africa project (main objectives and achievements) 15'
        Fotios Spyridonis, Technical Coordinator, Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, and eI4Africa Project Partner, UK
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Short introduction to the CHAIN-REDS project (main objectives and achievements) 15'
        Federico Ruggieri, Director of Research, INFN and CHAIN-REDS Project Coordinator, Italy
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Horizon 2020: overview 15'
        Karine Valin, Managing Director of Sigma Orionis, eI4Africa Project Coordinator and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, France
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Q&A Session and Discussions 30'
    • 12:00 - 13:30 Networking lunch
    • 13:30 - 15:00 Session #1 – An integrated approach to e-Infrastructures for e-Science 1h30'
      Bruce Becker, Coordinator, South African National Grid, Meraka Institute of CSIR, South Africa
      • e-Infrastructures in the CHAIN-REDS virtuous cycle 20'
        Ognjen Prnjat, European and Regional e-Infrastructure Manager, GRNET, and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, Greece
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Virtual Research Communities: Knowledge and Data 20'
        Rafael Mayo Garcia, Senior Researcher, ICT Division, CIEMAT and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, Spain
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Interoperability amongst HPC, Grid and Cloud Resources Distributed Worldwide with Standard-based Science Gateways 20'
        Dr. Giuseppe La Rocca, Technologist and Software Engineer, INFN Catania, and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, Italy
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Q&A session and discussion 30'
    • 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee/tea break and networking
    • 15:30 - 17:15 Session #2 - Demonstrators 1h45'
      Co-facilitators:
      Bjorn Pehrson, Professor & Head of the Telecommunication Systems, KTH, and eI4Africa Project Partner, Sweden
      Prof. Kato Njunwa, Associate Professor, KHI, Republic of Rwanda
      
      Material: Slides pdf file
      • Vision for an African Infrastructure and demonstrators overview 10'
        Fotios Spyridonis, Technical Coordinator, Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, and eI4Africa Project Partner, UK
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Running imported applications through the Africa Grid Science Gateway 10'
        Dr. Giuseppe La Rocca, Technologist and Software Engineer, INFN Catania, and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, Italy
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • eI4Africa Demonstrators 10'
        Amos Nungu, Deputy Head, CoeICT/DIT and eI4Africa Project Partner, Tanzania
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Research on Customized Economical e-Health services in the Rural African Great Lakes Region 15'
        Ngenzi Joseph Lune, ICT Coordinator, e-Health Centre of Excellence, ER-CMHS, Makerere University, Uganda
        Amos Nungu, Deputy Head, CoeICT/DIT and eI4Africa Project Partner, Tanzania 
        Julianne Sansa Otim, Specialist, School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University, Uganda
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • Exploiting e-Infrastructures Potential to boost RTDI in Africa 20'
        Jaran Eriksen, Karolinska Instiutet (KI), Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge and eI4Africa Project Partner, Sweden
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • WIMEA-ICT Improving Weather Information Management in East Africa for Effective Service Provision through the Application of suitable ICTs 25'
        Julianne Sansa Otim, SpecialisSchool of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University, Uganda
        Material: Slides pdf file
    • 17:15 - 17:30 Conclusions, way forward and vote of thanks 15'
      Donart Ngarambe, Director, REHCE/KIST and eI4Africa Project Partner, Republic of Rwanda
      Federico Ruggieri, Director of Research, INFN and CHAIN-REDS Project Coordinator, Italy
      Karine Valin, Managing Director, Sigma Orionis, eI4Africa Project Coordinator and CHAIN-REDS Project Partner, France
    • 17:30 - 18:30 End of the joint CHAIN-REDS / eI4Africa Workshop and networking cocktail 1h0'