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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 • 15:00 - 17:00
(Ref 161500) Research Infrastructures - convened by The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

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EU-AU Summit. ESFRI side event.
The European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure, ESFRI, is a forum of funders and policymakers with expertise in Research Infrastructures. Its mandate is defined by the Council of the European Union and acts as an informal body advising the Competitiveness Council. It consists of representatives of national authorities of Member States, Associated Countries and the EC responsible for political decision-making and funding of Research Infrastructures.

Its primary role is to provide a shared, long-term strategic vision for an effective, efficient and sustainable RI ecosystem in Europe, maximising the impact of national and European investments.
In this session, we would have the opportunity to learn a bit more about ESFRI Mission and Vision, priorities, procedures and tools, focusing on those aspects related to global approach and internationalisation. Also, to this aim, we will count on representatives of RI-VIS. The H2020 project is designed to increase the visibility of European research infrastructures to new communities in Europe and beyond, RI-VIS has produced a white paper on recommendations towards cooperation between African and European research infrastructures and communication guidelines for European research infrastructures: engaging with stakeholders in African countries.

Moreover, as part of ESFRI and one of the most important mobilisers for the internationalisation of Research Infrastructures, the European Commission's DG RTD will present what Horizon Europe programme offers for International collaboration on Research Infrastructures.
The core of the session will be devoted to showcasing EU-AU collaboration. To this end, a panel bringing together a range of ESFRI research infrastructures will be dedicated to presenting current initiatives in different areas:
  • Werner Kutsch, the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) ERIC Director-General will present concepts for developing necessary observations, the best available science and science-based services in Africa that are needed to sharpen our joint action on climate change mitigation and adaptation as outlined in the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is a user-base facility that welcomes around 9,000 researchers annually, on-site or through remote access. ESRF owes its success to the international cooperation of 22 partner nations. We will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the ESRF with South Africa and the relevant research developed that is particularly strong in palaeontology and cultural heritage. Moreover, we will take stock of the efforts towards a light source for Africa, in Africa.
  • Finally, EuroBioimaging ERIC DG will discuss African health challenges, the need for African life science researchers to have better opportunities to engage with international advanced scientific training and advanced research infrastructures, and how the European infrastructures offer possibilities to strengthen African scientists and science both in terms of training and technologies.
The ESFRI event will conclude with a question-and-answer session where we will have the opportunity to deepen into the EU-AU collaboration from the perspective of African partners.
ESFRI invites you all to join us.

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Bahne Stechmann

Head of Operations & Scientific Strategy, EU-OPENSCREEN
Dr. Bahne Stechmann is the Head of Operations & Scientific Strategy at EU-OPENSCREEN. He holds a MSc degree in biochemistry from the Martin-Luther-University in Halle, Germany, a PhD from the Université Paris XI, France, and an Executive MBA in the Management of Research Infrastructures... Read More →
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Ed Mitchell

Head of Business Development, European Synchrotron
Edward Mitchell (Head of Business Development, The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, ESRF, www.esrf.eu) had his initial training at Oxford University working on his DPhil thesis on molecular biophysics, and using the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source in the UK. Since then... Read More →
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John E. Eriksson

Director General, EuroBioimaging ERIC
John E. Eriksson, PhD, is a Professor of Cell Biology and Director General of Euro-Bioimaging ERIC, the pan-European organization of advanced biological and biomedical imaging, with Headquarters in Turku, Finland. Euro-Bioimaging with 16 members states and EMBL brings together the... Read More →
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Werner L. Kutsch

Director General, The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS ERIC )
Dr. Werner L. Kutsch is Director General of the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) since March 2014. As a scientist, Dr. Kutsch is experienced in data acquisition, post-processing, data analysis and modeling of ecosystem carbon budgets. He has worked on ecosystem carbon cycling... Read More →
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Inmaculada Figueroa

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain
Inmaculada Figueroa is Vice Deputy Director-General for Internationalization of Science and Innovation in the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain. An electronic engineer from the Polytechnical University of Madrid, she is strongly involved in European and Global policies on... Read More →
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Natalie Haley

RI-VIS Project Manager, Instruct-ERIC
Dr. Natalie Haley is a Project Manager at Instruct-ERIC, and holds a MPhys in Physics and a DPhil in Bionanotechnology from the University of Oxford. She began working for Instruct-ERIC as a project manager on the CORBEL project promoting harmonisation of European research infrastructures... Read More →
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Gregor Feig

Gregor is managing the development of an environmental RI in South Africa called EFTEON (Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network) that is funded through the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR... Read More →
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Caron Jacobs

President, African BioImaging Consortium
Caron Jacobs is a South African cell biologist and imaging scientist, at the University of Cape Town. She is also the co-founder of the African BioImaging Consortium (ABIC) (africanbioimaging.org), a pan-African initiative striving to unite and strengthen the African microscopy community and increase access to bioimaging infrastructure and education across the continent. Caron completed her PhD at University College London in 2018, where she used quantitative super-resolution imaging t... Read More →
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Simon Connell

Chair, African Light Source Foundation
Contact points :The African Light Source, https://www.africanlightsource.orgThe African Strategy for Physics and applied. Physics https://africanphysicsstrategy.orgSubjects: Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Energy, Materials Science, Quantum Physics, High Performance Computing... Read More →

Dominik Sobczak

Deputy Head of Unit for Research Infrastructures, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Wednesday February 16, 2022 15:00 - 17:00 CET