Workshop - Agenda

August 4th | August 5th | August 6th

A condensed listing of all presentations.

There are two options for those who have arrived early for the NSF Science and Cyberinfrastructure in
Africa workshop.

Thursday, August 4 (Option One)

  1130-1200 0:30 Pick up from Millennium Hotel and transport to Mesa Lab  
  1200-1500 3:00 Lunch at the Mesa Lab, tour of the HPC machine room facility with Rich Loft, and discussion with Jeff Custard about the Front Range GigaPop, and the UCAR Point of Presence (UPoP)

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1345 Tour of the machine room

1345-1415 VAPoR demo with John Clyne:

1415-1500 Discussions with Jeff Custard in Director's conference room: PDF

  Rich Loft

Jeff Custard
John Clyne
  1500-1530 0:30 Return to hotel    
  1530-1700 1:30 Free time    
  1700-1830 Pizza party with the NCAR Colloquium group in Scott Carpenter Park
(Walking distance from the Millennium Harvest Hotel)


Thursday, August 4 (Option Two)

  Attend the NCAR Integrated Science Program (ISP) Summer Colloquium at the NCAR Foothills Lab

Location: FL2 main auditorium, Room 1022

Thursday's session will be about climate variability on a decadal scale and beyond.

See the August 4 schedule in the Colloquium Agenda for details.

  1700-1830 Pizza party with the NCAR Colloquium group in Scott Carpenter Park
(Walking distance from the Millennium Harvest Hotel)


Friday, August 5

  0700-0800 1:00 Breakfast in the Millenium Harvest Hotel restaurant buffet      
  0800-0830 0:30 Bus Pickup and Transport to Foothills Lab

Location: FL2 main auditorium, Room 1022

  0830-0930 1:00 Understanding African weather and climate: The role of regional and international collaboration PDF   Frederick Semazzi  
  0930-1030 1:00 NCAR Summer Colloquium Student Reports: Future Direction for Research
and Applications
  1030-1050 0:20 Break
FL2 Café Atrium - Posters on Display
  1050-1220 1:30 Panel Discussion

Lessons learned: Pathways for successful collaboration across Africa and between Africa and the US.
  Amadou Thierno Gaye
Andrew Githeko
Peter Lamb
Wassila Thiaw
  1220-1350 1:30 Lunch
Time to View Posters from the NCAR Colloquium on Weather and Climate
  1350-1400 0:10 Welcome and Introductions   Steven Huter
Arlene Laing
  1400-1545 1:45 First Session: Science and CI Resources Panel
Data Networking Resources and CI Requirements
for US-Africa Climate and Weather Research Collaborations
Arlene Laing
  (1400-1415) (0:15) Unidata resources and services, real-time data sharing, connectivity needs for education and research collaborations. PDF   Mohan Ramamurthy  
  (1415-1430) (0:15) The pan-African view - research, operational issues, instrumentation and real-time data needs across Africa to enhance US-Africa research collaborations. PDF   Wassila Thiaw  
  (1430-1445) (0:15) A perspective from Senegal about working with US collaborators and data sources - data sharing, connectivity for research and education in Africa. PDF   Amadou Thierno Gaye  
  (1445-1500) (0:15) A perspective from Ghana: obstacles, limitations and solutions needed to enhance African-US data exchange and UCAR Africa research collaborations. PDF   Ben Lamptey  
  (1500-1515) (0:15) Training Initiatives with Scientists for Wireless Networking and Building Wireless Sensor Networks for Weather and Climate Research Activities in Africa. PDF   Marco Zennaro  
  (1515-1530) (0:15) Africa Array and other shared scientific instruments, reflections about how to expand the Africa Array model to catalyze more US-Africa interdisciplinary science work. PDF   Chuck Meertens  
  (1530-1545) (0:15) Open Q&A Discussion      
  1545-1645 1:00 Second session: Lightning Talks

This session will provide an opportunity for participating scientists who are not on group panels to have 3 to 5 minutes each to share information about their research programs, instrumentation needs, educational activities, Internet connectivity needs, broader impacts, and ultimately to highlight the major impediments or obstacles to exchanging data and collaborating efficiently with others in your respective scientific communities.
The purpose is to illuminate common problems; assess and synthesize priorities, discuss them in the concluding session on Saturday, and prioritize recommendations for the NSF workshop report. These are designed to be short (5 minutes max) presentations, so please bring a PowerPoint slide or two to share and add to the workshop archive.
  1645-1715 0:30 Third Session: Regional Climate Organizations and Research Initiatives across Africa: Articulating a Vision for a Pan-African Network PDF   Frederick Semazzi  
  1720-1740 0:20 Bus Pickup from NCAR Foothills Lab and transport back to
Golden Buff and Millennium Harvest hotels to drop off laptop bags
  1800-1815 0:15 Bus Departure from both hotels to Las Oasis Latin Grill & Cerveceria for Dinner      
  1815-2000 1:45 Group dinner      


Saturday, August 6

  0745-0800 0:15 Walk from the Golden Buff Hotel to Millennium Harvest House      
  0800-0830 0:30 Breakfast in the Millenium Harvest Hotel, Century Room      
  0830-1000 1:30 First Session: Cyberinfrastructure Workshop in the Century Room
African Cyberinfrastructure and Network Resources Panel
Dale Smith, NSRC
  (0830-0840) (0:10) Overview of African R&E Networks and Internet Connectivity PDF   Dale Smith  
  (0840-0850) (0:10) Association of African Universities (AAU), Research and Education Networking Unit, pan-African coordination PDF   Boubakar Barry  
  (0850-0900) (0:10) Development plans for the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), AAU Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) PDF   Pascal Hoba  
  (0900-0910) (0:10) National Network for Research and Education in Senegal (SnRER) and New Opportunities for Science in Senegal PDF   Khoudia Sy  
  (0910-0920) (0:10) Ghanaian Academic Research Network (GARNET) and New Opportunities in Ghana PDF   Emmanuel Togo  
  (0920-0935) (0:15) Tertiary Education Network (TENET) and operational support for science in southern Africa PDF   Duncan Martin  
  (0935-0950) (0:15) Kenyan Education Network Trust (KENET) and the Impact of New Undersea Fiber Capacity in East Africa PDF   Kevin Chege  
  0950-1000 0:15 Open Q&A Discussion      
  (1000-1015) (0:15) Break      
  1015-1200 1:45 Second Session: Opportunities for Connecting African R&E Networks to U.S. R&E Networks and Cyberinfrastructure Resources   Moderator Dale Smith, NSRC  
  (1015-1030) (0:15) NSF's International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program PDF   Kevin Thompson  
  (1030-1045) (0:15) America Connects to Europe (ACE), IRNC Award and Opportunities for African Connectivity to the USA; Ideas and Models for Developing Sustainable and Long-term U.S.-Africa Science Collaborations PDF   Jim Williams  
  (1045-1100) (0:15) Technical Community and Capacity Building in Africa to Improve Cyberinfrastructure PDF   Hervey Allen  
  (1100-1130) (0:30) UbuntuNet Alliance PDF and The AfricaConnect Project PDF   Duncan Martin
Kevin Chege
  (1130-1145) (0:15) Collaborations: Linking African R&E Networks and Internet2 PDF   Ann Doyle  
  1145-1200 0:15 Open Q&A Discussion      
  1200-1230 0:30 Catered Lunch in the Millennium Harvest Hotel meeting room      
  (1230-1315) (0:45) Third Session: Research, Education and Connectivity   Moderator
Steven Huter
  (1230-1245) (0:15) A perspective from the field in East Africa on doing international collaborative work in areas where infrastructure and connectivity are still under development. PDF   Elizabeth Bukusi  
  1245-1315 0:30 UCAR Africa Initiative: Lessons Learned and Implications for Cyberinfrastructure. PDF   Rajul Pandya  
  1315-1500 1:45 Final Session: Group discussion to assess and synthesize CI priorities and strategic recommendations for the NSF workshop report.      
  1500-1700 2:00 Remaining sub-group work on draft of NSF report      
  1700-1800 1:00 Free time to relax before dinner      
  1800-2000 2:00 Group Dinner: The Mediterranean Restaurant, 1002 Walnut Street, Downtown Boulder      

Condensed Listing of all presentations.