Organised by the AAU in cooperation with AfNOG and AfriNIC, AfREN 2008 is held on 31 May and 1 June 2008 at Ecole Mohammedia des Ingénieurs in Rabat, Morocco.

The IDRC funded meeting –with additional resources provided by the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa and NSRC- is a platform for building an all-inclusive African research and education networking community that addresses collectively issues like collaboration, access to bandwidth and other critical resources at affordable prices, capacity building and content development.

This year’s programme also includes a roundtable on policy, with higher education institutions’ leaders, regulators, representatives of regional economic communities, representatives of development agencies and representatives of the civil society as panellists.


Programme / Presentations

AfREN 2008, Ecole Mohammedia des Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco

31 May - 1 June 2008

Saturday 31 May 2008
09:00 – 09:15 Session 0: Welcome - Host (Prof. Mohamed Tahiri), AAU (Boubakar Barry), AfNOG (Nii Quaynor), AfriNIC (Adiel Akplogan)
Chair: Mohamed Tahiri (EMI)
09:15 – 09:30

Session 1: Review of actions planned at AfREN 2007
Chair: Mohamed Tahiri (EMI)

    Boubakar Barry (AAU): Review of action items from afREN 2007
    Ayite Bulley (AfNOG): AfNOG@ AfREN 2008
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Update on national/regional initiatives: ongoing REN establishment processes, experience sharing, success stories, challenges:
Chair: Alex Corenthin (ESP-UCAD):
    Redouane Merrouch (CNRST): MARWAN Moroccan REN
    Nezar Sami (Egyptian Research & Education Network) : EREN - Businesses Go Global
    Duncan Martin (UbuntuNet Alliance): REN Connectivity - Connecting to the RENs of the World
    Tiémoman Koné (Côte d’Ivoire): Network for Higher Education and Research in Cote d’Ivoire
    Mumuni Dakubu (Ghana): The Resurrection of GARNET
    Aminu Ibrahim (Nigeria): Update on the NREN establishment process in Nigeria
    Ibrahima Niang (Senegal): National Research and Education Network in Senegal (SenRER)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Optimal management and use of critical resources in campus networks: IP resources, bandwidth, power
Chair: Redouane Merrouch (CNRST)
    Adiel Akplogan (AfriNIC): Maniging IP resources in the AfriNIC region
    Martin Belcher (INASP): Optimal management and use of critical resources in campus networks: bandwidth management and optimisation
    Ukaegbu Ogwo (Solartime Electric Ltd): Optimal management and use of critical resources in campus networks in Africa: The power supply factor
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Session 4: REN Clinic
Chair: Mumuni Dakubu (UG Legon)
    Dale Smith (UO): Research and Education Networks Best Practices
    Duncan Martin (TENET): REN Connectivity Connecting to the RENs of the World
Sunday 1 June 2008
09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: International cooperation: lessons from other parts of the world; update on international initiatives and cooperation opportunities
Chair: Sandra Aluoch (BWC)
    Zita Wenzel (KU): Silk Project - An example of regional cooperation
    Enrique Pelaez (CEDIA): National Research & Educational Network of Ecuador
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 6: Broadband infrastructure in Africa and fibre technology
Chair: Adiel Akplogan (AfriNIC)
    Lishan Adam (ICTFD) and Sunday Foloyan (AfNOG): Broadband Infrastructure in Africa – Fibre Technology
    Dale Smith (UO): What Does it Mean to "Have Fiber" - Developing a Common Understanding and Terminology
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Session 7: Content and applications: initiatives, knowledge sharing, grid computing
Chair: Sunday Foloyan (AfNOG)
    Margaret Ngwira (Uni Malawi Library) : Supporting Learning and Research: Content Opportunities for Academic and Research Libraries/Networks in Africa
    Clement Onime (ICTP) : GRID Computing
    Gerti Foest (DFN) : Applications and Services in a Research and Education Network - Case of DFN
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30

Session 8: Roundtable on advocacy and policy development: role of HEI leaders, regulators, regional/continental bodies and development partners
Moderator: Nii Quaynor (AfNOG)

    Abdou Salam Sall (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar)
    Zimani Kadzamira (University of Malawi)
    Arero Gotu (Addis Ababa University)
    Nnamdi Nwokike (WATRA)
    Raphael Koffi (ECOWAS)
    Andrea Johnson (PHEA)
    Ben Akoh (OSIWA)
17:30 - 18:30 Session 9: Way forward (Action points )
Chair: Zimani Kadzamira (University of Malawi)
Facilitator: Aminu Ibrahim (Ng ICT Forum)


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