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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 • 17:00 - 19:00
(REF 151700) A case study: Ethiopia builds research bridges with regional actors and Europe

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This session will consider how Ethiopian universities, research institutes and centres in collaboration with regional actors can help shape the future of AU-EU common research agenda to promote the collaboration potential with Europe. The session will focus both on policy related issues and on practical collaboration opportunities.
Recently, a virtual roundtable conference was held. Both Ethiopian and      European stakeholders highlighted the need for further collaboration.( https://researchethiopia.medium.com/networking-through-the-virtual-conference-on-research-excellence-in-ethiopia-16c8e2c8391b)
Conference participants identified collaboration areas both on sectoral basis (such as agriculture, food, education, engineering), and impact basis (job creation, entrepreneurship, skill development, peace and security). The conference served how Ethiopia can build research bridges between Ethiopian and regional research related stakeholders in Africa and in Europe.
The upcoming EU-AU research partnership discussion will raise several crucial issues, including climate change and financing climate adaption, energy transition, fairer international tax system, COVID-19 pandemic, and several other topics. The results of the discussions will be reflected in the EU’s policy decisions on EU-AU research collaboration mechanisms. These decisions will become tangible in the funding that will be made available through the Horizon European and the NDICI (Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument) programs.
It is essential for Ethiopian universities and research organizations to understand AU-EU collaboration mechanisms and processes. What are the research bridges that Ethiopia has with regional actors and Europe? How can Ethiopia strengthen the existing collaboration and create new ones? What does Ethiopia want to include in the formal agreements of the AU-EU partnership strategic plans?
This session aims to provide up-to-date information on the above questions and discuss how the specific research agenda of Ethiopia can be aligned with regional research agendas. The meeting will also extend the awareness about EU-AU partnership programs and collaboration mechanisms from diverse perspectives, including research, innovation, learning, capacity development and networking.

The Ethiopian universities have been affected by the on-going conflict. Inclusive and collaborative research of the universities within Ethiopia, the region and in Europe will bring positive outcome and impact. Support from Horizon EU program and NDICI to enhance research collaboration with Ethiopian universities will bring very tangible and constructive development in the learning, teaching, research and community service spheres altogether. Practical ideas and planshow to create concrete research applications by including Ethiopian with European universities should be explored.

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Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Solomon Benor

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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Teketel Yohannes Anshebo

Executive Director, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences
Prof Teketel Yohannes Anshebo obtained his BSc in 1984, MSc in 1989 and PhD in 1997 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Since 1984, he has been serving at higher education institutes. His academic career started as a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Chemistry of the then... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

Rated Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology
Mammo Muchie received his primary and secondary education at St. John Elementary School and Fassildes High School [Gondar] respectively. Mammo topped the World Youth Forum Competition and was invited to USA in 1968 for pursuing high school education. Subsequently, he studied at DWhite... Read More →

Tuesday February 15, 2022 17:00 - 19:00 CET