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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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Wednesday, February 16 • 11:00 - 12:45
(Ref 161100) Policy Roundtable on AU-EU Science: How to enable a shared future

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The running order is:

Declan Kirrane Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Maria Cristina Russo Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
Sherry Ayittey Ghana
Solomon Benor Director General for Science and Research Affairs, Ethiopian Ministry of Education
Professor Intisar Soghayroun Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Rahma Rachdi Correspondent - Head of Bureau, USPA, France
Svein Stølen Rector, University of Oslo, Norway
Souad Aden-Osman Executive Director, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA)

The general topics for this session will include:
1. The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, NDICI, also known as Global Europe. The Communication from the Commission on the Global Approach to Research and Innovation is a key paper: ....to serve as a guide in implementing the international dimension of the new EU programme for civil research and innovation, Horizon Europe, and its synergies with other EU programmes, in particular the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument - Global Europe.

2. How to accelerate an inclusive approach to collaborative research, recognising African leadership and the untapped potential of women and girls to contribute to science and innovation.

3. Consider how to leverage synergies between funding mechanisms led by the EU and others including development finance provided by the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and others.

4. Raise awareness of the unforeseen and unintended impact of regulations on potential research collaborations with Africa. These include data privacy, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the In-vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR), the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the Clinical Trials Regulation. Good regulation cannot act as a barrier between African and EU and other researchers. African nations need to build their enabling regulatory environment and regulatory compliance with the EU.

5. Indigenous knowledge can be a force for good and part of the equation when promoting Africa-Europe science collaboration, including developing relevant information services and linking indigenous knowledge to data capacities; patent data. WTO TRIPS Art. 66.2 is critical to supporting technology transfer.   

6. The meeting will also consider the importance of the SDGs in this context, including enabling local and community (UN Local 2030) science as part of the global response.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) met in Kigali, Rwanda, on 26 October 2021, took stock of progress regarding the priority areas adopted during the last AU–EU Summit held in 2017, in Abidjan. The Communique provides some guidance on priorities for the AU-EU Summit on 17-18 Feb 2022.

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Rahma Rachdi

Correspondent- Head of Bureau, US Press Agency
Rahma Sophia RACHDI is a Journalist in Politics, disabled in wheelchair and Head of the Correspondence, based in Paris, for the United States Press Agency. She is renowned for have released many scientific publications and journalistic articles and reports, for different media over... Read More →
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Solomon Benor

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Research and Community Engagement Affairs, Ethiopian Ministry of Education
Dr Solomon Benor is Research and Community Engagement Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. He is also an Associate Professor of Plant Biotechnology at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU), and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Addis... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →


Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, SudanProfessor Intisar Soghayroun, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibility for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme.She... Read More →
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Souad Aden-Osman

Executive Director, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA)
Ms. Souad Aden-Osman is the Executive Director for the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA). She is also the Head of the secretariat of the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa (HLP on IFFs). In this capacity, she serves as the Coordinator... Read More →
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Svein Stølen

Rector, University of Oslo
Svein Stølen is professor of chemistry and rector of the University of Oslo for the period 2017-2025.Prof. Stølen has been vice dean for research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2013-2016) and head of the Department of Chemistry (2009-2012). He headed the Center... Read More →

Wednesday February 16, 2022 11:00 - 12:45 CET