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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.


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Monday, February 14 • 11:00 - 13:00
(Ref 141100) Universities as gateways between Africa and Europe: promoting a sustainable EU-AU partnership through university collaboration - Convened by African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the Guild of European Research Intensive University

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The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-17 February. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in addressing global challenges together.

In this context, ARUA and The Guild were invited to co-convene a panel discussion on Africa-EU universities and research collaboration. This will be the opportunity to promote the voice of universities as central actors of Europe-Africa’s collaborations in research, publicise our joint policy positions (in particular our recently published Statement), and give visibility to our partnership towards the European and African research community and policymakers. This panel discussion, which will take place just before the EU-AU summit, will also be a good moment to take stock of the progress made over the last years (Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, ARISE Pilot Programme) and reflect on the developments needed to further strengthen African universities in the long-term.

In 2017, the AU-EU summit paved the way for the recognition of science collaborations and the need for strengthening the research and innovation capacity of African universities as key priorities in the African-European partnership. Since then, huge progress has been achieved with regard to these two objectives, with particular momentum developing since late 2019.

At the policy level, key moments were the very first AU-EU research and innovation ministers’ meeting that took place in July 2020, and the launch of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs in September 2018. At the programme level, new initiatives have been developed such as the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) Pilot Programme, while existing programmes have been endowed with significant additional investments for collaborations with African universities (Erasmus+, Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), Horizon Europe).

Ahead of the EU-AU summit organised in February 2022, it is time now to take stock of the progress made over the last years and reflect on the developments needed to further strengthen African universities and African-European university collaborations in the long-term: how can these different initiatives be integrated in such a way that they jointly strengthen the capacity of African science in a sustainable way, enabling African universities to enhance their capacity for producing new scientific and socio-economic knowledge, delivering high-quality education, and contributing to innovation?



Speakers
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Hilde Bras

Aletta Jacobs Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Groningen
​​​​Hilde Bras is Aletta Jacobs Professor of Economic and Social History, with special attention to Global Demography and Health at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Bras is an elected member of the Social Sciences Council and an alumna of the Young Academy of... Read More →
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Barry Dwolatzky

Emeritus Professor in Electrical and Information Engineering and Director of Innovation Strategy, University of the Witwatersrand
Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Electrical & Information Engineering at Wits University. He is the founder and Director of the University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). He is also the founder of Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital... Read More →
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Hugues Abriel

Vice-Rector for Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Bern
Hugues Abriel, MD PhD, is a biologist (ETH Zurich, 1989) and physician (University of Lausanne, 1994). He completed his PhD in medicine and life sciences (specializing in medical physiology) at the University of Lausanne in 1995. Since 2009, Hugues Abriel has been a Professor of Molecular... Read More →
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Nana Ama Browne Klutse

Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Ghana
Nana Ama Browne Klutse is a senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, University of Ghana. She is also a Lead Author in Working Group 1 and a Member of Task Group on Data Support for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report. She is a member of the... Read More →
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Peter Maassen

Professor in Higher Education Studies, Extraordinary Professor, University of Oslo, Stellenbosch University
Peter Maassen is professor in Higher Education Studies and deputy head/research coordinator at the Department for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, where he also is the academic coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus joint Master Degree programme. Previously... Read More →


Monday February 14, 2022 11:00 - 13:00 CET