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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 • 14:00 - 15:00
(Ref 161400) Belmont Forum: Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022

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The Sustainability, Research and Innovation (SRI) Congress: Creating a shared community and shared language/vocabulary around societally inclusive science for global environmental change.

Words and language have power - and one of the challenges at the science-society interface is in finding a shared language that we can all relate to, particularly as we struggle to identify ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, work to address the sustainable development goals, and tackle other internationally identified global change priorities that will have tangible impacts on our communities world wide.  By looking at problems holistically - with a full life cycle, or systems approaches, and bringing together all of the interested research parties and stakeholders we can more effectively co-create, co-develop and co-deliver solutions to shared societal problems.  This allows us to build trust between actors, all of whom are investing in the solution, create a sense of ownership among all parties, and hopefully result in solutions that will be more readily accessible, acceptable and easily implementable in a societal context.  This is what we are aiming for through fostering of transdisciplinary projects to help understand, adapt and mitigate the impacts of global environmental change. That being said, working between and across sectors and disciplines is not something that comes naturally to many of our societies - where we have built institutions in silos, delimited by many different factors, including (but not limited to): funding envelopes; jurisdictional boundaries; thematic area; sector or discipline.  With this panel we will explore the concept of co-developed and co-implemented research - or transdisciplinarity as some of us refer to it - and explore case studies from Africa where the language used to describe this may be different, but it has been happening effectively for a long time.  What can we learn from the African experience? How can we co-develop language that will allow us all to have common understanding of this collaborative way of working, so that we can learn from one another and rally our respective communities, and global communities together towards our common grand challenges.





Speakers
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Erica Key

US Global Hub Director, Future Earth
Dr. Erica Key is the US Global Hub Director for Future Earth, an international constellation of researchers, innovators, and actors supporting transformations to sustainability. She brings to the role more than a decade of experience leading systems approaches to global change and community-led research. Prior to joining Future Earth, Erica... Read More →
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Nicole Arbour

Executive Director, Belmont Forum
Dr. Nicole Arbour is the Executive Director of the Belmont Forum, where she works with members and partners, leading the secretariat to support the delivery of the Belmont Challenge.She came to this role from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), where she was the External Relations Manager, actively involved in developing and maintaining relationships between IIASA its national members.Nicole has spent the bulk of her career at the international science interface, building and developing bilateral and multinational relationships... Read More →
avatar for Amani El Rayes

Amani El Rayes

Director, Institute of National Planning
Prof El Rayes will share the vision of the NAASAC and how it would play in the transdisciplinary discussions and continuum - providing case studies/examples of North African leadership in this space.Amani El Rayes is Vice President of Training & Consultations and Community Service... Read More →
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Nicholas Ozor

Executive Director, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
Dr Nicholas Ozor holds a double Ph.D in Agricultural Extension from the University of Nigeria and in International & Rural Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He is currently the Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) Nairobi... Read More →
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Stephanie Burton

Professor, Biochemistry
Professor Stephanie Burton is Professor in Biochemistry,in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences,and a professor at  Future  Africaat  the  University  of Pretoria  (UP), andthe  immediate past Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Educationat UP, having served... Read More →


Wednesday February 16, 2022 14:00 - 15:00 CET