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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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Tuesday, February 15 • 14:00 - 15:00
(Ref 151400) Health research and innovation, with a focus on industry leadership

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In many sub-Saharan African countries, there is a non-conducive environment for research: the legislative framework has not kept pace with new trends in research, such as genetics research, ethical conduct of clinical trials, material exchange, and intellectual property rights. These legislative gaps hamper multi-institutional research such as clinical trials. Governments must appreciate the need to make greater commitments to provide strategic planning, legislative reforms, and funding for effective management of research activities.

Science is a global activity, and some of the best African researchers move to countries where their efforts are better rewarded and appreciated. High-profile advocates are needed to promote science within African society, to ensure that research gets its share of the national budgetary allocation and attracts additional external funding. This could be done by national academies of science—the African Academy of Sciences and the African Union. Politicians and policymakers need to consider how science and technology can contribute to development, including the achievement of the SDGs. African governments should recognise that funds allocated for research are a good investment. More appreciation of the benefits of research might lead to greater commitment to providing dedicated funding to national research budgets. Science can also contribute directly to wealth creation, through product development partnerships with industry and entrepreneurs.

This session will look at the leadership provided by industry in delivering health outcomes in Africa. Health is a priority of the AU-EU Summit meeting in Brussels on the 17th-18th of February 2022. Privatisation isn't enough: this needs to be accompanied by an enabling policy and regulatory environment, combined with a commitment to enable collaboration between industry and academia.

The programme

14h00   Racey Muchilwa Head of Sub Saharan Africa, Novartis, Kenya
14h15   Kurt Zatloukal Medical University of Graz, Austria
14h30   Trish Scanlan Tumaini, Tanzania
14h45   Q&A
15h00    END

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Trish Scanlan

CEO, Tumaini la Maisha
Dr Trish Scanlan is an Irish paediatric oncologist and CEO of the Charities Tumaini la Maisha and Their Lives Matter. She is also the interim director of the Global Health Department at Children’s Health Ireland.Since 2006 she has worked in Tanzania supporting the development of... Read More →
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Zatloukal, Kurt

Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine, Director of BBMRI.at, Medical University of Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
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Racey Muchilwa

Head of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA),, Novartis

Tuesday February 15, 2022 14:00 - 15:00 CET