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"e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future" Conference - Brussels, 29/10/2014

The eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU-funded projects are very pleased to invite you to their joint conference on the theme "e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future". Organised under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commission, the conference will be held on October 29, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium at the Hotel Bloom.

The conference will aim at discussing major developments and perspectives in the field of Africa-EU e-Infrastructure cooperation and at presenting the two projects’ main outcomes:

  • The first ever Africa Grid Science Gateway;
  • Several African e-Infrastructure flagship demonstrators;
  • The results of the two surveys launched to examine the state-of-the-art of e-Infrastructure applications in Africa, as well as to assess their economic societal and environmental impacts;
  • The main outcomes of the four thematic workshops held in Africa over 2013-2014;
  • The launched program to deploy Certification Authorities across Africa;
  • The launch of the most comprehensive crowdsourcing data map providing insights into international cooperation and ICT investments in Africa for scientists, universities, research and education networks, and international donors;
  • The development of a decision-support system based on multiple stakeholders’ evaluations and impact assessments for on-going international aid projects and e-infrastructures;
  • A set of contextual factors which enable the assessment of ICT4D proposals ahead of their implementation by estimating their potential impact;
  • The role of open aid data in enhancing the coherence of international aid;
  • African progress towards establishing national and regional Research and Educational Networks (RENs).
  • Over 100 delegates are expected to attend this major event: policy-makers, senior representatives from Governments, ICT project managers, heads of research labs, IT engineers, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector, managers of NGOs and centres of excellence, industry stakeholders.

    Registrations, free of charge, will open at the end of August.

    Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information coming up soon via eI4Africa and iMENTORS websites!

AB Mobility: Stay of Islam Askar at UPM

Máximo Ramírez-Robles (UPM) and Islam Askar (ITI-MCIT)Máximo Ramírez-Robles (UPM) and Islam Askar (ITI-MCIT)

During one week, Islam Askar from ITI-MCIT has been working in the UPM to strengthen sustainability of AFRICA BUILD.

AFRICA BUILD finishes today and the consortium has been exploring different ways to maintain the results produced during the last three years.

The main goal of this stay was to transfer the required knowledge about the AFRICA BUILD Portal's (ABP) ecosystem in order to mirror the portal. We plan to host a mirror of the ABP at ITI-MCIT and thus balance the portal load.

On the other hand, opened tasks were also treated as the Arabic RTL-Theme and the AFRICA BUILD Roadmap Framework plugin.

The ABP reached 700 users three weeks ago and we are 742 users registered at the portal right now. Most of the activity comes from the countries located near to the Gulf of Guinea and our users are mainly concentrated in Mali, Ghana and Cameroon.

One of our obsessions is to speed up the portal as much as possible and we believe that mirroring is one of the best strategies.

We'd like to thank to all the partners their efforts during these years and to the ABP users for trusting in AFRICA BUILD and for their valuable feedback.

Thank you.

The AFRICA BUILD project video

AFRICA BUILD is a Coordination Action aiming to support and develop advanced Centres of Excellence in health care, education and research in the African countries, through Information Technologies. This project is supported by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT). AFRICA BUILD started 1st August 2011 and will run for a period of 36 months.

We are now at the end of the project and this video shows some of our results.

We would like to thank the ITI-MCIT team for its great efforts in producing this video.

Logistic Regression


The AFRICA BUILD Portal launches a new course.

This module describes the logistic function, the reasons for the popularity of the logistic model, and how the model may be applied within epidemiologic framework.

If you are interested on Biostatistics, do not hesitate to enrol into this course.

This course starts next June 30th at 9:00GMT.

We hope to see you there!

The AFRICA BUILD Portal Video

The AFRICA BUILD Portal is an open, free professional social network for supporting collaborative links and access to a broad variety of informatics tools for health training and research in Africa. You can use it to follow and share courses remotely, find a job or a grant, use our tools to keep up to date with the latest news in your research topics, make colleagues and professional connections, etc. Create an account in the AFRICA BUILD Portal and discover our community!

For more information visit: The AFRICA BUILD Portal

We would like to thank the ITI-MCIT team for its great efforts in producing this video.

“e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future” Conference (Oct. 29, Brussels) – Mark your calendar!

The eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU-funded projects are very pleased to invite you to their joint conference on “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future”. Organised under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) the conference will be held on October 29, 2014 in Brussels at the Hotel Bloom.

This major conference in the field will bring together policy and research stakeholders from both Europe and Africa, to discuss the status and perspectives of e-Infrastructures in Africa and to present the eI4Africa and iMENTORS main project outputs.
The event will feature various session types:

  • Plenary session (featuring officials from the European Commission, the African Union Commission, and internationally acknowledged e-Infrastructures experts);
  • Presentation sessions (organised around the main conference themes);
  • Discussions and debates sessions (offering participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the Conference outputs);
  • Networking sessions (aiming at facilitating additional networking opportunities).

Do not miss this unique opportunity! Mark your calendar and stay tuned via eI4Africa and iMentors! (registrations will open soon)
Stay tuned for more information coming up soon on the eI4Africa and iMentors! projects websites!

Santé et environnement: expériences des experts du Cameroun et du Mali

Santé et environnement: expériences des experts du Cameroun et du Mali

Le portail AFRICA BUILD vous propose un nouveau cours plus avancé sur la santé et l'environnement en Afrique intitulé:

«Santé et environnement: expériences des experts du Cameroun et du Mali»

Si vous êtes intéressé par des questions telles que les facteurs environnementaux liés à la pneumonie infantile, l'effet du changement climatique sur le paludisme ou l’impact d’une mauvaise gestion des déchets sur la santé, n’hésitez pas à vous inscrire.

Le cours commence lundi prochain (16 Juin) !

Third consecutive year in IST-Africa

Máximo Ramírez Robles, member of the AFRICA BUILD Consortium, traveled to Mauritius to present the paper "Exploring Three Approaches to Offer Distance Learning Courses through a Social Network of Health Researchers in Three African Countries" in IST-Africa 2014.

AFRICA BUILD has been present on the last three IST-Africa conferences arranged during the last years. IST-Africa is a strategic collaboration between IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Information Society, ICT and/or STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) adoption, policy and research in 18 African Countries.

Focused on Information Society and ICT Policy Dialogues, International Development and Research Cooperation and Community Building, IST-Africa 2014 brought together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

Geneva Health Forum and AFRICA BUILD

Dissemination of the AFRICA BUILD Project was done by UNIGE at the Geneva Health Forum held from the 15th to 17th April 2014 at the Geneva International Conference Center. The Geneva Health Forum gathers a multidisciplinary community of experts from all over the world concerned by education, research and policy in the field of health. It was thus an excellent environment for the dissemination of AFRICA BUILD Project. Flyers on AB project were actively distributed and discussions were held with the wide range of attendees at the stand of the University Hospitals of Geneva.

AFRICA BUILD @ Med-e-Tel 2014

Med-e-Tel is an event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), the international federation of national associations who represent their country's Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders. The ISfTeH exists to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth, to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide, and to offer unprecedented networking opportunities. Med-e-Tel is one of the instruments that help the ISfTeH to realize this mission.


The AFRICA BUILD team was at Med-e-Tel 2014 in Luxembourg!! They presented the project and they disassembled the AFRICA BUILD Portal. Several AFRICA BUILD partners showed ―from a technological point of view― the different plug-ins in which they are working on.

The assistants were really active, posing many questions and giving much feedback to the team. We made people talk and we got into the Top-Ten-By-Mention of #MEDeTEL14 influencers! The AFRICA BUILD team really appreciates this feedback.

Thanks! We really learnt from this experience.

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