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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 • 09:00 - 10:00
(REF 181000) South - South Science and Innovation Cooperation

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A recent article published by Nature News (17 September 2021) reported that “a large proportion of research on economic development does not involve any researchers who are based in the global south … and . . . it is relatively common for southern scholars to contribute with [North-based] authors, because they are not as familiar with datasets etc, only to be rewarded with a line in the acknowledgements instead of co-authorship . . .”. The only way to reverse the situation is to build new Innovation Systems and transform existing Innovation Systems with the South-South-North collaborations. It is important to build platforms for intensified South-South cooperation with the collaboration and support of the global North. It is with this objective that Prof. Mammo Muchie with the board directors founded the Association for South-South Cooperation in Innovation Systems Transformation ASSIST (https://assistsarchi.wixsite.com/assist).

In the current EU-AU Science, Technology Summit, the South-South Cooperation in Innovation Systems Transformation ASSIST will present the vision, mission and objectives to bring about sustainable and enduring collaboration between South-South quadruple helices-to deliver excellence in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation by aligning the productivity of universities, governments, industries and communities in education, health, economics, all services, governance, leadership, institutions and systems. ASSIST can create with research excellence holistically integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation systems by linking the Global North to appreciate and value the Global South-South Collaboration to interconnect all fully by using and applying the principles of mutual benefit with no one losing and all in the South-South with the North winning.

ASSIST will work to produce outputs, outcomes and impacts by developing research projects to bring trust anchored South–South–North unity anchored relations in order to create one humanity as one community. ASSIST will develop scientific research to promote the humanistic path to save all people in the world and the planet in this not easy Covid-19 pandemic time the world is in.

It is important for the South-_South researchers to get up, stand up and build up scientific research capacity and intensify South-South scholarly networking with collaboration in the North. There is online communications opportunity for research-capacity building and mentoring through a comparatively inexpensive means globally applying digital technology.

ASSIST will work to create a science paradigm shift with both the ontology and epistemology of innovation to bring the post-covid 19 world. re-order A new appreciative reorientation in anchoring the South-South-North holistically integrated and unified health and social innovation system would require the innovative approach to be open to go from the current dominant validation from narrow economistic, market, commercial to wider unification of health, economy, social and environmental all-inclusive gains. There is a need to re-work, re-design, re-engineer and unlearn to learn and re-learn the way to deal with Covid 19 by increasing R & D to create the life-saviour the ASSIST driven holistic social innovation system.

Efforts are required to synergize social capital, human capital, natural capital, physical and financial capital with ccapability and productive power in order to move from narrow commercially measured validation success criteria to achieve unified, wider and tangible social, environmental, knowledge and economic success simultaneously.

Presentations are most welcome on the research that ASSIST can promote in science, technology and innovation by including the South-South full collaboration with the North to produce tangible and high quality output and outcomes with impact to accelerate with speed of light square the a post-covid 19 world-re –order opportunity by removing the gravity burden current challenges.

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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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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 →
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Julliet Makhapila

Change Maker, Transformational Leadership Trainer, Twitter @JNM1000
I love to help people, coach people and alsoembrace with all kinds of people as to where they are in their lives. I have a caring, compassionateand loyal attitude. I have seen and lived amongst disadvantaged people and believe this can bechanged around through will-power and self-development... Read More →
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Stephen Little

Professor Extrordinaire, Tshwane University of Technology
Stephen Little is Professor Extraordinaire in the Department of Industrial Engineering, and a member of the SARChI Innovation Studies Research Group, Tshwane University of Technology. He is also an external doctoral supervisor in the Centre for Islamic Finance, University of Bolton... Read More →
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Swati Mehta

Asst. Professor, Guru Nanak Dev University, India
Swati Mehta (PhD) is Asst. Professor at Punjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She is Associate Editor, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Rutledge, Taylor and Francis Group. She is a Member, Board of Management, The International... Read More →
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Matthew Ash

Education Industry Exchange Simulations
Matthew has an MBA from WITS University and it was whilst completing his degree that he realised that his strongest calling was that of people empowerment. Matthew had worked on various Work Readiness and employability programmes in South Africa and this lead him to write his applied... Read More →
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Diran Soumonni

Senior Lecturer, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Dr Diran Soumonni is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation Policy and Management, and Director of the Master of Management in Innovation Studies programme at the Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He obtained his PhD in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute... Read More →

Ayalew Kassahun

Assistant professor, Information Technology group of Wageningen University
Dr. ir. Ayalew Kassahun is an Assistant professor at the Information Technology group of Wageningen University. He has done extensive research on information systems in the agriculture and food (agri-food) supply chains. His research areas include farm and agri-business management... Read More →
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Amira Osman

Amira Osman is a Sudanese/South African architect, researcher, academic, activist, public speaker, and author. She is a Professor of Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology and holds the position of SARChI: DST/NRF/SACN Research Chair in Spatial Transformation (Positive... Read More →
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Rajesh GK

AFRICALICS, ASSIST, CRIS, South African Research Chair on Innovation Studies (SARChI)
Dr. Rajesh Gopalakrishnan Nair is an Innovation scholar, Development Practitioner and Technology-policy consultant based in India.  He holds a PhD in Economics and Masters and Bachelor’s Degrees in Agricultural Sciences. He specializes in Innovation Economics specifically Agricultural... Read More →
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Geci Karruri Sebina

Associate Professor, Wits School of Governance
Geci is an urban scholar-practitioner based in Johannesburg working in the intersection between people, place and technological change. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand where she is hosting the Civic Tech Innovation Network and setting up a... Read More →
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Abdelkader Djeflat

Chair, The MAGHTECH Network
Prof. Abdelkader DJEFLAT holds a Master Degree and a PhD from Bath University UK. Professor of economics and former dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Oran in Algeria, he worked at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Lille in France. He is a member of... Read More →

Griffins Ochleng

Executive Director, Centre for Environment Justice and Development
Mr. Griffins Ochieng is the Executive Director of the Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), a public interest non-governmental organization working on chemicals and waste management in Kenya. Griffins is a former Co-chair, of the NGOs major group at the United Nations... Read More →

Friday February 18, 2022 09:00 - 10:00 CET