Montpellier, France, 10 - 12 December 2007

Workshop: Internet and Grids in Africa

Internet and Grids in Africa : An asset for African scientists for the benefit of African society

Research and Innovation are the core of economic development and harmonious wealth production. This is true for industrialized countries where mainly innovative technologies sustain research activities. Competitive computing infrastructures have facilitated the sharing of tremendous amount of data and the creation of grids which assemble and distribute computing resources thus allowing an easy and true transparency. This workshop will provide a platform to discuss how African scientists could benefit from these new technologies at an affordable cost and what consequences in general these technologies could have on African society and more particularly when it comes to agriculture, climate and fighting tropical diseases. The workshop will first focus on how to supply African universities with high speed Internet, then on how to create an inter African network and how to finally introduce African scientists to global scientific collaborations. African scientists from six sub-Saharan countries, international Internet and Grid technology specialists, industrialists with a sharp knowledge of African business and African and European political representatives will be coming together to discuss these topics from 10 to 12 December, in Montpellier under the aegis of the Sharing Knowledge Foundation. The workshop aims to lead to a series of recommendations that will be forwarded to governments and interested organizations so as to promote a new scientific dynamic, for the benefit of African society at large.

Documents to be consulted

Recommandations and conclusions of the workshop: Conclusions of Montpellier2007

Followings of the workshop: following up_montpellier2007

Participants of the workshop: Participants

Program

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09h00

Welcome and Presentation of the Sharing Knowledge Foundation

Robert KLAPISCH, President of the Sharing Knowledge Foundation

09h10

Overview of Participants

11h10

Measured African Internet Performance and its relation to the Rest of the World

Les COTTRELL, Assistant Director, SLAC, Université de Stanford

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11h50

The Africans and Internet

Didier R. KASOLE, Technical Director-Supranet Solutions

12h10

The EGEE Project

Guy WORMSER, Directeur, CNRS-Institut des Grilles

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14h00

Education and Research Network in Africa Today’s situation, stakes and challenges

Boubakar BARRY, President-Association of African Universities

Scientific Opportunities in Africa

14h45

The international Electronic Year – Promoting cyber infrastructure for (geo)sciences in Africa

Monique PETITDIDIER, EGEE Coordinator, CNRS-Earth Science

15h05

The International Heliophysical Year

Arsène KOBEA T., Professor-University of Cocody

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15h25

The Congo River dredgin

Bienvenu DINGA, Professor-University Marien Ngouabi

16h15

Public Health and Emerging diseases coming from animals

Lionel GBAGUIDI, Director – AGRIVET Partners

16h35

EGEE and Africa

Antal BULANZA, Engineer BEgrid/Researcher ULB

16h55

Earth Sciences in the context of AMMA

Etienne HOUNGNINOU, Professor-University Abomey Calavi

17h15

Overview of Strategies and scientific motivations

18h00

End of session

Industrial Contributions

09h00

IBM Policy in regards to grids

Jean-Pierre PROST, IBM

09h20

Network Developments at Orascom

Karim BESHARA, DG Link-dot-Net/ groupe ORASCOM

09h40

Wimax: a technology to lead emerging countries to the net economy

Annamaria RAVIOLA, Senior V-P Marketing-SELEX Comms

International Cooperation

10h00

The FARM Foundation

Eric PASQUATI, Research Fellow-FARM

10h20

Access to Scientific and Technical Information

Thierry HELMER, Project Leader CIRAD

11h00

The Organisation Internationale pour le développement Intégral NGO

Henri Joël TOALI, President-OIDI

11h20

ICTP efforts to support science in developing countries via Information and Communication Technologies

Enrique CANESSA – Researcher at ICTP Trieste

11h40

The National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Sub-Sahara Africa

Dibungi T. KALENDA, Prof. Univ. of Kinshasa/Eb@le Coordinator

12h00

The “African Initiative” Program

Dominique KOUNKOU, Sociologist and Jurist

Session Contextes politiques

14h00

Maurice TCHUENTE, Prof. Univ of Yaounde/Pres. of the Board of- Agence Nationale TIC – Cameroon

14h30

Ibrahima NIANG, Dir Computing Center Univ Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar – Senegal

15h00

Virima MUDOGO, Vice-President of Univ. Kinshasa – DR Congo

15h30

Towards an EU-Africa project

Panagiotis LOURIDAS, EGEE NA5 Coordinator-GRNET

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16h30

Overview of first recommendations

17h30

End of session

09h00

Video Conference with African Ministers, Presentation of Recommendations, Discussion

11h30

Final Recommendation and Plans for future actions

12h30

End of meeting

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