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WACREN 2022 – Registrations open and new Call for Papers deadline

WACREN 2022 - Abidjan, Ivory Coast

WACREN 2022, the 7th annual conference of WACREN (the West and Central African Research and Education Network) will take place from 25 to 29 April 2022 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

As the world moves towards implementing the UNESCO Global Recommendations on Open Science, there is the need for more conversation on how to advance institutional, national and regional policies, create and share interoperable infrastructure as well as build the competencies required to exploit the benefits to the region and Africa as a whole.

In light of this, WACREN 2022 with its theme: ‘Open Science in Africa – Connecting the Dots’ will convene the community, stakeholders and decision-makers in Abidjan to share ideas and exchange knowledge on the topic. The conference will cover the following sub-themes:

  1. Open science strategies – policies, governance and leadership
  2. Science communication infrastructure – tools, platforms and services.
  3. Capacity building – training, communication and partnerships.

Call for Papers

To give the community the opportunity to contribute to the conference, WACREN is inviting papers and presentations. The deadline for the Call for Papers (CFP) has now been extended to Sunday, 3 April 2022. Read more and submit your abstracts here:

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Owing to travel challenges and public health safety concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Conference will be in a hybrid format (face to face and remote participation).

Registration is now open, both in-person and online (online registration is free). Please visit the Conference website for details and to register.


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