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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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Friday, February 18 • 11:00 - 13:00
(Ref 181100) Using Science Diplomacy as a powerful instrument to foster European-African cooperation

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Using Science Diplomacy as a powerful instrument to foster European-African cooperation
Science can play an important role in providing a basis for political decisions and can build bridges between science, society and politics – including science policy and development policy. Covid-19 pandemic made this very clear to us: never before had so many research activities to be mobilized internationally so quickly, which became the basis for international political action. Science diplomacy`s (SD) potential as a tool for Africa has not been widely raised so far. Many African countries have made significant progress toward meeting some of their ambitious objectives for development and political integration, the need remains to further progress the link between science interacting with diplomacy. Science diplomacy should, therefore, be recognized as a priority in shaping continental as well as national policy and development agendas. Science Diplomacy in Europe, on the other hand, has been on the rise over that last few years. It already plays a role in the new EU Global Approach and the Global Gateway Initiative of the European Commission. 
The EU-AU Summit in February will be the occasion for raising the awareness of SD’s potential in overcoming political tensions and to cast a light on it in the future cooperation of the two continents. The DLR Projektträger, active member of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance is, therefore gathering policy-makers, scientists and stakeholders for an interactive exchange on the following questions: 
•             How can Science Diplomacy be strategically implemented in African countries and the continent? Would African countries benefit from a coherent African Science Diplomacy approach? 
•             How can Science Diplomacy help to address the challenges posed by the endeavour to enable a sustainable and green African and European development while addressing the SDGs? 
•             How can Science Diplomacy support the development of the AU-EU partnership?
The event is linked to the session “Science Diplomacy to achieve the SDGs” at the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly 76 in September 2021.

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Jackie Kado

Executive Director, Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
Jackie Kado is the Executive Director of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) based in Nairobi, Kenya. NASAC is a consortium of twenty-eight science academies in Africa, whose membership is drawn from all spheres of science.  She has served science academies in various... Read More →
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Nienke Buisman

Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy, European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation
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Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Hambani Masheleni

African Union Commission
Mr. Hambani Masheleni is a holder of an MSc Applied Physics and BSc Physics Honours degrees. He has a broad range of training and work experience in public sector through promoting formulation and implementation policies for science, technology and innovation. Currently he is employed... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
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Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo

Chair of INGSA African Chapter, Nigerian Academy of Science
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Jane Olwoch

Executive Director, SASSCAL
Dr Jane Olwoch has been appointed as SASSCAL’s Executive Director with effect from 1 February 2017. Dr Olwoch formally succeeds Dr Henry Mwima as well as Dr Yonah Seleti who had been acting in the position during the interim period.Dr Olwoch is a climate change impact specialist... Read More →

Friday February 18, 2022 11:00 - 13:00 CET