The West and Central African Research and Education Network, WACREN, aims to build and operate a world class network infrastructure, develop state of the art services, promote collaboration among national, regional, international research and education communities and build the capacity of the REN community.

In line with its mission, WACREN is actively involved as Consortium Member in the implementation of three projects funded in the framework of European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme, which will run simultaneously for a period of two years: TANDEM, Sci-GaIA and MAGIC.

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TANDEM (TransAfrican Network Development) aims at making possible for researchers and academics to contribute with peers around the world to the socio-economic development of the West and Central African region.

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Sci-GaIA (Energizing Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa) proposes to produce clearly structured guides and educational documents that can be used to train and support representatives of NRENs, Communities of Practice (CoPs), and, importantly, universities to develop Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa.

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MAGIC (Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global Virtual Communities) seeks to significantly improve the ability of researchers and academics around the world to collaborate together.

All three H2020 projects will join forces during the ICT2015 Event in Lisbon, Portugal on 20-22 October, 2015 in order to demonstrate their collaborative power. Under the name of GIIISC (Global ICT Infrastructures for International Scientific Collaboration), TANDEM, SciGaIA and MAGIC will share a stand to promote collaboration and expose the three projects benefits among the attendees of the International Village at ICT2015. They will also host a short networking session about e-Infrastructures for H2020 – and beyond.

Moreover, the synergies between TANDEM and Sci-GaIA, in addition to the joint presence at external events in the field– such as ICT 2015-, will take two additional forms:

  • Joint organisation of project events – TANDEM and Sci-GaIA will organise jointly several if not all of their project events – workshops and conferences;
  • Joint online presence on social media –  TANDEM and Sci-GaIA will build their social network accounts around a community rather than a single project – the e-Infrastructures for Africa Community.

WACREN is proud to be part of these activities that aim at promoting connectivity and at offering global e-Infrastructure services, with high impact on Western and Central Africa, among other regions of the world.

You can join WACREN on Twitter (@wacren) and the TANDEM and Sci-GaIA “e-Infrastructures for Africa Community” on Twitter (@ei4africa), LinkedIN and Youtube. The MAGIC project is available on Twitter (@MAGIC_our_voice) and Facebook.

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