Open Science – The Way Forward

  19 - 20 July 2022

  Movenpick Du Lac Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia

Under the kind patronage of His Excellency Mr. Moncef Boukthir, Minster of Higher Education and scientific Research of Tunisia, the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) and the Tunisian Computing Center al Khawarizmi (CCK) are organizing a conference on “Open Science – The Way Forward” to be held at the Movenpick Du Lac Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia during 19-20 July 2022.
The conference will be preceded by a regional meeting dedicated to the Arab National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to discuss and plan NRENs support to research and education communities in terms of providing the appropriate infrastructures and the necessary services to these communities with Open science and Open Access in mind as a priority.
Background and Overview
As research and education became more demanding for resources, applications, massive volumes of data, high performance and grid computing and content, it has become a worldwide trend to establish dedicated networks for research and education away from the commercial Internet to satisfy the needs of research and education communities. National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) have been found to provide dedicated connectivity to universities, research centers, libraries, hospitals and any other organization supporting or conducting these activities.
NRENs services are not limited to connectivity provision. NRENs are expected to provide a set of services that enable collaboration and encourage joint projects and help the research and education communities to access scientific data repositories and computing resources. Furthermore, NRENs are now taking a new role in supporting new global trends in Science Cooperation, Open Science, Science Dialogue, Engagement with user communities and more.
Open Science, Open Access and Open Data are now on the top of the agenda of each country and at the regional and international levels. UNSESCO has recently announced its recommendations on Open Science. Europe has also adopted the European Open Science Cloud to support the R&E communities. More initiatives and activities are taking place around.
Main Conference Objectives and Topics
  • NRENs to sustain and support research and education Infrastructures including Connectivity, Services, Access to resources and enabling cooperation
  • The role of AfricaConnect3 LIBSENSE projects in supporting research and education
  • Open Science and Open Science Platforms Open Access, Open Educational Resources
  • Clouds for research and education and Open Science Platforms including applications, infrastructures and platforms
  • Science Cooperation through sustainable infrastructures and open science environment
  • Scientific, Research and educational communities and communities of practice

Day 1: Tuesday, 19 July 2022

 09:00 - 10:30
 Opening Session
  Moderator Prof. Saoussen Krichen, Director General of CCK, Tunisia
  • Welcome speech of Prof. Saoussen Krichen, Director General of Computing Center El Khawarizmi, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia
  • Welcome speech of Yousef Torman, Executive Director of ASREN
  • “Recommendations of UNESCO for Open Science”, Prof. Samia Charfi Kaddour, Counselor of the President of the Government, Tunisia
  • Welcoming words of his Excellency Prof. Moncef Boukthir, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia
  • “Main Pillars of Open Science in Tunisia”, Mr. Chawki Chihi, Director General of Communication Technologies, Ministry of Communication Technologies of Tunisia
 10:30 - 11:00  Coffee Break
 11:00 - 12:30
 Open Science I
 Moderator Mr. Youssef Torman, Managing Director, ASREN, Jordan 
  • “Strategic Vision of Open Science and Metaverse for Education”, Prof. Mohamed Elouedi, Institut Supérieur de Gestion, University of Tunis, Tunisia
  • “ASREN Strategy on Open Science”, Raed Al-Zoubi, Director of the Centennial Library, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan 
  • Abdullahi Bihi Hussein, CEO, SomaliREN, Somalia
  • Hichame Boutarcheh, IMIST, Morocco
  • Ms. Amel Smaoui Chemli/  Amira Bessem, CNUDST, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia
 12:30 - 14:00  Lunch Break
 14:00 - 16:00
 Open Science II
 Moderator Raed Al-Zoubi, Director of the Centennial Library, JUST, Jordan
  • Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Programme Manager, EIFL, Lithuania
  • Roberto Barbera, Professor, University of Catania, Italy
  • Lautaro Julian Matas, Executive and Technical Director, La Referencia, Spain
  • Omo Oaiya, Chief Strategy Officer, West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), Ghana
  • Nabil Ksibi, Engagement Lead, ORCID, South Africa
 16:00 - 16:30  Coffee Break


Day 2: Wednesday, 20 July 2022

 09:00 - 09:30
 Advances in Artificial
 Moderator Prof. Narjes Bellamine, Director of Ecole Nationale des Sciences d’Ingénieurs (ENSI), University of Manouba, Tunisia
  • Ahmed Dardouri, Student engineer in computer Science, ENSI
  • Ilyes Manai, Alumni from ISAMM and ESEN Expert in artificial intelligence
 09:30 - 10:30
 Cloud for Science
  • “National Strategy for The Cloud : Legislatives and Services”, Mrs. Wala Turki, counselor of the Minister of  Communication Technologies of Tunisia
  • “Towards Arab Open Science Cloud”, Youssef Torman, Executive Director of ASREN
  • Europe Open Science Cloud ⇒ TBC
  • “Clouds for Science Planning”, David de Groot, Rackspace Technology, Netherlands 
 10:30 - 11:00
 Coffee Break
 11:00 - 12:00
 Science Cooperation
  • “ASREN’s Strategy on Science Cooperation”, Yousef Torman, Managing Director, ASREN, Jordan
  • Mustafa Jarrar, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • Islam Abou El-Magd, Vice-President, the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt
  • Hamdi Kacem, African Union, Ethiopia
 12:00 - 12:30
 Closing  Session
  •  Prof. Saoussen Krichen, Director General of CCK, MESRS?
  • Mr. Youssef Torman, Managing Director, ASREN, Jordan
 12:30 - 14:00
 Lunch Break





Tunis, Tunisia