Course starts on Apr, 4, 2016 at 09:00 UTC       FOLLOW THE COURSE



The goal of the Sci-GaIA Winter School is to create the skills to integrate scientific applications in the Africa Grid Science Gateway and/or in other domain-specific Science Gateways.

This will allow the creation of an intercontinental pool of experts that can act as “interface” between the end-users of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) supported by the project and the e-Infrastructure services.

The school will be entirely web-based and it will include a combination of pre-recorded lectures and interactive sessions where to check the progress of students through their short presentations and the correction of the exercises. Both the inaugural lecture and the final day’s presentations will also be held as interactive webinars.

The school will follow a project-driven education approach with teams of students working on the development of scientific applications to be integrated in the Science Gateway(s).

At the end of the school, a panel of experts will assess the progress made by the various teams of students and the winner and the runner-up application teams (max 2 persons per team) will win a free participation to the Sci-GaIA Final Conference that will be held in Brussels in March/April 2017.



In order to profit from the course, the following prior knowledge is required:

  • Java programming;
  • Web application development (HTML, Java server pages, XML, Application Server, servlets);
  • Basic Unix shell (VPN, SSH, bash scripting);
  • Basic Database management (e.g., MySQL).

  • Being a web-based course, no hardware is provided by organisers. Participants should have at their disposal for the whole duration of the course a real/virtual machine with either Mac OS X or Linux installed and at least 2 GB of RAM. CentOS, Fedora and Ubuntu are all recommended Linux distributions.

  • All software needed to integrate scientific applications in Science Gateways using the Catania Science Gateway Framework (CSGF) will be provided by organisers except the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) since participants can already be used to different IDEs.



Societal challenge:
(1) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry (2) Climate action, environment
Short application description 
Alioune Touré (Centre de Suivi Ecologique), Dieynaba Seck (Centre de Suivi Ecologique), Gayane Faye (Centre de Suivi Ecologique), Abdoulaye Pouye Diop (Centre de Suivi Ecologique)
Country: Senegal 
 Societal challenge:
(1) Health, demographic change and wellbeing (2) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy (3) Smart, green and integrated transport (4) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (5) Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (6) Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

Short application Description
Team: Stephan Mgaya (TERNET) Tanzania

 Societal challenge: Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Short application description

Team: Owen Iyoha (Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative), Oluwatobi Badejo (Eko-Konnect), Temiloluwa Bodunwa (Eko-Konnect), Michael Olatunji (Eko-Konnect). Nigeria

Societal challenge: Diseases, Medicine, Knowledge and skills for communicable/non-communicable diseases

Short application description
Team: Dennis Joseph Mazali (Muhimbili University of Health And Allied Sciences), Madaha James Masungulwa (National E-Learning Support Centre), Geoffrey Collins Musinguzi (Softtech Consultants), Mulashubila Godfrey Kato (National E-Learning Support Centre). Tanzania

Societal challenge: (1) Smart, green and integrated transport (2) Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy

Short application description

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Team: Tanzania
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Team: Tanzania
OAR for WIMEA-ICT + Data management system

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REPAST Use Case1 and REPAST Use case 2

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TTA portal update

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04/04/2016 11am CESTInaugural Lecture
07/04/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
11/04/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
14/04/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
18/04/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
21/04/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
26/04/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
02/05/2016 11am CESTCheck-point meeting
05/05/2016 11am CESTFinal workshop



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