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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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Monday, February 14
 

06:00 CET

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IntroductionThe AERAP AU-EU Summit Side Events will be held online. You can find the event schedule, a list of registered speakers, partnering organizations as well as other information on this website.
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Monday February 14, 2022 06:00 - 06:00 CET

08:00 CET

(REF 140800) Impact of regulations on science and innovation in Africa - convened by AERAP
To attend the AERAP Science Summit please register here.

This session will consider how regulations in data protection, medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics influence cooperation in medical science and health research and EU-Africa research cooperation more generally.

The session will initially focus on the European General Data Protection Regulation and its influence globally. Given that its scope already extends beyond the borders of the European Union, it is arguably becoming the template for global data privacy legislation. What are the impacts in Africa?

Therefore, the session is designed to impart up-to-date information on the European Union's GDPR; to look specifically at related research collaboration between South Africa and African and the European Union and the impact of the GDPR on those research activities, particularly in the area of health. The meeting will also raise awareness of the emergence globally of data protection regulations and related future developments in South Africa and, more generally, in the continent of Africa.

The GDPR also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU, including to African nations and developing nations more generally. The GDPR aims to give control to individuals over their personal data, ensure the free flow of personal data between the Member States, and simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

Because research involving human health, drug safety and clinical trials requires the processing of personal data, the GDPR has posed particular challenges to the research sector both within the EU and elsewhere.
As the "Africa Initiative" is an integral part of the first Work Programme for 2021-2022 of "Horizon Europe", it is essential to consider how African nations address compliance and prepare for future data protection regulation in Africa.

The discussion will also consider the broader impact of how regulation can advance are otherwise innovation. It will look at The session will maintain a focus on the GDPR but will look at this in the wider geographic context and concerning other regulations, including in-vitro diagnostics, medical devices and so forth. We also plan to visit the issue of biotechnology-related regulation and digital market regulations and the connection between them.

While conscious of the need to avoid a European bias in this discussion, it will be perhaps helpful to look at the plans for the EU digital decade up to 2030, which coincides with the United Nations Agenda 2030and, of course, the SDGs. Some of the issues to the fore include:
  • A digitally skilled population and highly skilled digital professionals;
  • Secure and sustainable digital infrastructures;
  • Digital transformation of businesses;
  • Digitisation of public services.

These priorities are also reflected in the United Nations Roadmap for Digital Cooperationwhich prioritises the following five sets of recommendations on how the international community could work together to optimise the use of digital technologies and mitigate the risks:
  • Build an inclusive digital economy and society;
  • Develop human and institutional capacity;
  • Protect human rights and human agency;
  • Promote digital trust, security and stability;
  • Foster global digital cooperation.
 

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Zatloukal

Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Susan Veldman

Susan Veldman

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)
avatar for Carmen Swanepoel

Carmen Swanepoel

Principal Medical Scientist: Haematological Pathology, Stellenbosch University/NHLS
I’m a Principal Medical Scientist and Lecturer within the Division of Haematopathology, Department of Pathology and jointly appointed by the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and Stellenbosch University (SU) at Tygerberg Hospital, Western Cape, South Africa.I’m involved... Read More →
avatar for Rita Lawlor

Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net
Rita Lawlor is a Computer Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in Oncological Pathology from the University of Verona where she is co-founder of the ARC-Net (www.arc-net.it) applied cancer research centre where is director of the ARC-Net biobank and coordinates... Read More →
avatar for Rose Mosero, HSC

Rose Mosero, HSC

Legal, Policy and Regulatory Advisor
Rose is an advisor who engages with both government and private sector on matters relating to Digital Economy, Technology and Data Protection.Rose is currently seconded to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, where she serves as a Legal, Policy and Regulatory Advisor and... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Dennehy

Maureen Dennehy

Cape Biologix
South Africa: Quality Manager at Cape Biologix, IRCA-certified Lead Auditor, ISPE Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional. Maureen has around 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing. Her specialist areas are Quality Assurance, Quality Control... Read More →
avatar for Jetane Charsley

Jetane Charsley

Acting Head, National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO)
Jetane Charsley is the Acting Head: National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), a specialised service delivery unit within the South African Department of Science and Innovation. The South African Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development... Read More →
avatar for Giske Ursin

Giske Ursin

Giske Ursin, MD, PhD is the director of the Cancer Registry of Norway.  She is also Professor II at the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Oslo, and Professor Emerita at the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, USA. Dr. Ursin’s... Read More →



Monday February 14, 2022 08:00 - 09:00 CET

11:00 CET

(Ref 141100) Universities as gateways between Africa and Europe: promoting a sustainable EU-AU partnership through university collaboration - Convened by African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the Guild of European Research Intensive University

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-17 February. 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 addressing global challenges together.

In this context, ARUA and The Guild were invited to co-convene a panel discussion on Africa-EU universities and research collaboration. This will be the opportunity to promote the voice of universities as central actors of Europe-Africa’s collaborations in research, publicise our joint policy positions (in particular our recently published Statement), and give visibility to our partnership towards the European and African research community and policymakers. This panel discussion, which will take place just before the EU-AU summit, will also be a good moment to take stock of the progress made over the last years (Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, ARISE Pilot Programme) and reflect on the developments needed to further strengthen African universities in the long-term.

In 2017, the AU-EU summit paved the way for the recognition of science collaborations and the need for strengthening the research and innovation capacity of African universities as key priorities in the African-European partnership. Since then, huge progress has been achieved with regard to these two objectives, with particular momentum developing since late 2019.

At the policy level, key moments were the very first AU-EU research and innovation ministers’ meeting that took place in July 2020, and the launch of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs in September 2018. At the programme level, new initiatives have been developed such as the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) Pilot Programme, while existing programmes have been endowed with significant additional investments for collaborations with African universities (Erasmus+, Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), Horizon Europe).

Ahead of the EU-AU summit organised in February 2022, it is time now to take stock of the progress made over the last years and reflect on the developments needed to further strengthen African universities and African-European university collaborations in the long-term: how can these different initiatives be integrated in such a way that they jointly strengthen the capacity of African science in a sustainable way, enabling African universities to enhance their capacity for producing new scientific and socio-economic knowledge, delivering high-quality education, and contributing to innovation?



Speakers
avatar for Hilde Bras

Hilde Bras

Aletta Jacobs Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Groningen
​​​​Hilde Bras is Aletta Jacobs Professor of Economic and Social History, with special attention to Global Demography and Health at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Bras is an elected member of the Social Sciences Council and an alumna of the Young Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Barry Dwolatzky

Barry Dwolatzky

Emeritus Professor in Electrical and Information Engineering and Director of Innovation Strategy, University of the Witwatersrand
Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Electrical & Information Engineering at Wits University. He is the founder and Director of the University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). He is also the founder of Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital... Read More →
avatar for Hugues Abriel

Hugues Abriel

Vice-Rector for Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Bern
Hugues Abriel, MD PhD, is a biologist (ETH Zurich, 1989) and physician (University of Lausanne, 1994). He completed his PhD in medicine and life sciences (specializing in medical physiology) at the University of Lausanne in 1995. Since 2009, Hugues Abriel has been a Professor of Molecular... Read More →
avatar for Nana Ama Browne Klutse

Nana Ama Browne Klutse

Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Ghana
Nana Ama Browne Klutse is a senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, University of Ghana. She is also a Lead Author in Working Group 1 and a Member of Task Group on Data Support for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report. She is a member of the... Read More →
avatar for Peter Maassen

Peter Maassen

Professor in Higher Education Studies, Extraordinary Professor, University of Oslo, Stellenbosch University
Peter Maassen is professor in Higher Education Studies and deputy head/research coordinator at the Department for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, where he also is the academic coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus joint Master Degree programme. Previously... Read More →


Monday February 14, 2022 11:00 - 13:00 CET

12:00 CET

(REF 141200) Africa Science Media Hub
Why Science Communication is critical both at School and to the Public
Unlike before when Science Communication was at the domain of scientists and research institutions, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of enhancing understating of science and the need to build up schools of community and society around science communication. The session will look into (i) the importance of science communication (ii) techniques required to communicate science (iii) the audience that science communication are targeting (iv) techniques and tactics which community of science teachers can use (v) new formats of science communication (vi) Media and science communication.

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Leonard

Ciara Leonard

Public Affairs Manager, UCD Research & Innovation, University College Dublin
Dr Ciara Leonard is Public Affairs Manager, Research and Innovation at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland where she supports national, EU and international policy initiatives and engages with key stakeholders. Previously she worked in various innovation and technology commercialisation roles... Read More →
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Rosemary Okello-Orlale

Africa Media Hub, Strathmore University Business School
Rosemary Okello-Orlale is a well-recognized communication, media and gender expert who finds interest in creating Africa narrative through Data storytelling. Currently she is the Director- Africa Media Hub, Strathmore University Business School whose mission is to increase expert... Read More →


Monday February 14, 2022 12:00 - 12:45 CET

13:00 CET

(Ref 141300) Digital Transformation for Health - Convened by AERAP
Speakers
avatar for Regina Nthenya

Regina Nthenya

AOSK Health Association coordinator, AOSK
I am a catholic Nun working with the Association of sisterhoods of Kenya. A nurse by profession and passionate about mental health and well-being of people.Currently a student at Tangaza University College pursuing BA in Counselling Psychology. My greatest desire is to reduce the... Read More →
avatar for Martin Curley

Martin Curley

Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation at Health Service Executive
Tech Innovator I Global Thought Leader I Enabling Industry Transformation I Competitive Advantage I Driving Business Value I New Revenue GrowthDynamic IT and Innovation and Research Director with a track record of building high performance innovation teams and consistently delivering... Read More →
avatar for George Crooks

George Crooks

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
George is CEO of Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy... Read More →


Monday February 14, 2022 13:00 - 14:30 CET

15:00 CET

(REF 141500) Scientists and policy – the role of a civil society forum - Convened by The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), South Africa
Scientists and policy – the role of a civil society forum

14 February 2022: 16:00-18:00 (Belgian time: 15:00-17:00)

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), South Africa, an independent civil society forum, is hosting this side event considering the role of scientists in policy advice, as well as the importance of constructive interaction and discussion between civil society and government on key priority areas. The session will showcase experts in science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa (SA), including researchers in various SET-related fields, to share their insights.

Among the key strategic objectives of the NSTF are:
“To influence and monitor public SET-related policy; and To promote dialogue, among SET stakeholders, between the public and private sectors, and between Government and other stakeholders.”

The NSTF Discussion Forums are one type of platform that provides constructive interaction and discussion with government and stakeholders on key priority areas of concern to the SET community.

Researchers and SET-related professionals are often included in structures and groups that play an advisory role to government. The NSTF membership represents various stakeholders, disciplines and positions and regularly engage with one another from various perspectives and with government on policy-related areas. Excellent SA scientists and related professionals often also make an international impact, by participating in international advisory committees.
The questions are:
•    Are there enough significant opportunities for scientists and professionals to make policy input and reviews?
•    Are there enough such opportunities to participate in international bodies?
•    Are they taken seriously and does their advice make a positive impact?
•    How do scientists and various professionals make their voices heard when they are not asked for their advice?
•    Is it useful to have a civil society forum like the NSTF?
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he NSTF represents about 120 member organisations. They include statutory bodies and research councils, higher education institutions, companies, non-governmental organisations, and professional societies (the largest sector in the NSTF. Professional and learned societies in SA play an important role as the collective voices of individual scientists, engineers and technologists. The professional societies are, in turn, members of the NSTF. The advisory bodies to the government (e.g. the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)) are longstanding members of NSTF. NSTF regularly brings together researchers, professionals and practitioners from various disciplines and backgrounds to interact, share knowledge, experiences, and evidence-based opinions, as well as comment on government policies related to a particularly relevant topic. The NSTF discussion forums are widely publicised, and media releases are produced to highlight and explain to the public the issues that were discussed. Comprehensive information is made available on www.nstf.org.za , including lists of recommendations.

In this Summit session, NSTF will give you a ‘taste’ of the knowledgeable speakers and experts who participate in the NSTF discussion forums and demonstrate the link with policy implications.
This session will address three themes that NSTF Discussion Forums brought to the attention of the SA public and role-players as follows:
1)    Preparing for pandemics in SA –
2)    The future of plant health in SA –
3)    The energy transition in SA



Speakers
avatar for Jabu Mtswen

Jabu Mtswen

Centre Manager, National Policy Data Observatory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Dr Mtsweni is a Head of Information and Cyber Security Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Research Fellow at University of South Africa, and Technical Leader of the National Policy Data Observatory supporting NATJOINTS, NCCC and Inter-Ministerial... Read More →
avatar for Glaudina Loots

Glaudina Loots

Director, Health Innovation, Dept of Science andInnovation, South Africa
Ms Loots is the Director for Health Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africaand as such is responsible for the implementation of the Health components of the Bio-economy strategy for South Africa. She concentrates on enabling research and innovation that... Read More →
avatar for Sue Walker

Sue Walker

Principal Researcher, Agrometeorology, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) –Natural Resources and Engineering, Pretoria; and Professor Emeritus in Agromet, University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa
Prof Walker is a part-time retired Agrometeorology Specialist Researcher at the ARC – Natural Resources and Engineering, Pretoria. She is Professor Emeritus in Agromet at UFS, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She has supervised 21 PhD students and published 105 peer-reviewed scientific... Read More →



Monday February 14, 2022 15:00 - 17:00 CET

17:00 CET

(REF 141700) Legal Scaffolding for Scientific Research in a Digital World
The law has not caught up with the evolution of science and digital innovation – how can legal institutions and structures adapt? As an example implicit historical bias and digital colonization can be recognized explicitly so that the future of scientific research benefits all stakeholders: not just the researchers, but also the local communities in which research is conducted, and lays seeds for local scientists to participate. 
Today scientific data is perceived to be "owned" by the researchers who generate or gather it. We need to investigate new oversight and governance models where all stakeholders have a say in governance and access appropriate to their contribution. When science is done in the traditional way, the scientists collect and keep data closed to develop findings and products independently of the people they are intended for. This creates a huge accessibility gap where the solutions have been created but are inaccessible to the people and systems that both supported their development and urgently need to apply and learn from the findings.



Speakers
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
avatar for T Singh

T Singh

Advisor, CarbonBlue
Tamara spent the first half of her career in Europe and Asia in energy, financial services and fund management, governing trading floors in London, New York and Asia Pacific. Having earned her stripes at Centrica Plc, BP Oil International, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank, she returned... Read More →
avatar for Folashade Adeyemo

Folashade Adeyemo

Folashade Adeyemo is the Deputy Director for Admissions at the School of Law. She has previously taught at the postgraduate level, including International Corporate Governance and at the undergraduate level, Commercial law. She currently convenes and teaches Banking Law (second year... Read More →
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Joy Malala-Scholz

Lecturer, University of Warwick
Dr Malala- Scholz has an interest in financial regulation with a special emphasis on Regulation Post Financial Inclusion in developing countries as well as from regional perspectives. She researches the structure of regulation and supervision, risk-based system of supervision, legal... Read More →
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Konstantinos Karachalios

Managing Director, IEEE
Standards, Intellectual and Industrial Property.Designing and delivering technical assistance, institutional capacity building and professional skills development around the global IP system on behalf of the European Patent Office (Program for Africa and the Middle East).Managing... Read More →


Monday February 14, 2022 17:00 - 18:00 CET
TBA
 
Tuesday, February 15
 

08:00 CET

(Ref 150800) “Making the green deal a reality in the tropical world” - convened by The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Session title: “Making the green deal a reality in the tropical world”.
 
Session description: “Corporations and policymakers alike are beginning to recognize that business as usual in politics, economics and trade is leading us ever closer to disaster. From the climate crisis to the biodiversity crisis, from accelerating soil degradation to global desertification, and from rising global inequality to the obesity and malnutrition epidemics, the warning signs are everywhere: we must change – or else.

What are the key issues to be tackled to ensure this realization leaves the pages of domm-laden reports and changes everyday behaviour? What tools and insights are available as investors and policymakers seek to make societies and business more sustainable and resilient – at minimum disruption? How can research help bridge the gap between the realization of the challenge and the implementation of solutions?

Our speakers will be exploring these questions from a fascinating range of perspectives. Josef Garvi from Zinder, Niger, is transforming the way we think about food and nutrition in some of the world’s most remote drylands. Dr Phosiso Sola has good news about charcoal. Dr Chandrashekhar Biradar will focus on the system changes we need to make the green deal work for all. And Dr Gonzálz-Aranda will help us understand how the highest of high tech can help this oldest of human technologies, agriculture, step up to the plate to manage the challenges of the Anthropocene.”


Speakers
avatar for Josef Garvi

Josef Garvi

Head of, Sahara Sahel Foods
Josef Garvi (Zinder, Niger) is an expert in food production from forgotten dryland trees and their value chain development. Having grown up in Niger in the Sahel, he had the opportunity of becoming deeply familiar with the social, economic and environmental challenges facing people... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Worms

Patrick Worms

Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
Patrick Worms, a Cambridge-educated molecular geneticist, represents CIFOR-ICRAF, the Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, to policy makers, donors and corporate partners in Europe and beyond.Patrick’s interests sit at the nexus of land restoration... Read More →
avatar for Chandrashekhar Biradar

Chandrashekhar Biradar

Country Director and Chief of Party, CIFOR-ICRAF
Currently,  Country Director -India, and Chief of Party, CIFOR-ICRAF, Asia Continental Program, the Centre for International Forestry Research and the World Agroforestry Center.  Dr. Biradar is a landscape ecologist with broad experience in executing agroecosystem research and outreach... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Phosiso Sola

Phosiso Sola

Scientist
Phosiso Sola (Nairobi) is a scientist working on natural resources governance, bioenergy and development of sustainable agroforestry value chains. Her current work focuses on governance of woodfuel, with the aim of contributing to the development of sustainable charcoal value chains... Read More →


Tuesday February 15, 2022 08:00 - 09:00 CET

09:00 CET

(Ref 150900) Africa-Europe Agenda for cooperation in Astronomy - convened by African Astronomical Society (AfAS)/EAS/ AERAP
European Union-African Union Summit, Science and Innovation side events 
14 – 18 February 2022
AfAS-EAS special session 
Session Title: Africa-Europe Agenda for collaboration and cooperation in Astronomy
Date: 15 February 2022                                        
Time: 09:00 (CET) / 10:00 (CAT)
 
0900 Opening Remarks:
 
Roger Davies 
President – European Astronomical Society (EAS)
Jamal Mimouni 
President – African Astronomical Society (AfAS)

0905 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
Philip Diamond – 
Director-General, Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKAO)

0915 Radio Astronomy – An African context (MeerKAT, SKA, AVN)
Carla Sharpe – 
African Space Development, Strategist and Policy Specialist, South African
Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)

0925 The EHT, Africa Millimetre Telescope – Africa-EU collaboration
Michael Backes – 
Associate Professor & Head of H.E.S.S. Research Unit, University of Namibia

0935 Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry European Research Infrastructure
Consortium (JIVE)
Francisco Colomer – 
Director, Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE)

0945 The High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S)
Stefan Wagner, 
Director, H.E.S.S

0955 The European Southern Observatory
Xavier Barcons – 
Director General, European Southern Observatory (ESO)

1005 Optical Astronomy in Africa, the African Integrated Observation System (AIOS), and the
intelligent observatory at the SAAO
David Buckley – 
Darragh O'Donoghue Astronomer, South African Astronomical Observatory
(SAAO)

1015 The European Space Agency
Fabio Favata 
Head of Science Directorate strategy, planning, and coordination office,
European Space Agency (ESA)

1025 Astronomy for Development
Vanessa McBride 
Astronomer, International Astronomical Union - Office of Astronomy for
Development (IAU-OAD)

1035 Astronet - A comprehensive long-term planning for the development of European astronomy
Colin Vincent – 
Board Chair, Astronet

1045 Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA)
Melvin Hoare – 
Professor, University of Leeds

1055 South Africa’s contribution to the development of astronomy in Africa and current key Africa-
EU collaborations in Astronomy and how these can be enhanced
Takalani Nemaungani – 
Acting Chief Director for Astronomy, South African Department of
Science and Innovation (DSI)

1105 The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies.
Corrado Perna – 
INAF, Italy

1107 Questions and Panel discussion (28 minutes)
Jamal Mimouni – Chair
Roger Davies – Chair
• Facilities and infrastructure
• Digital access in Africa
• Education and Training
• Economic Development
• Mobility

 
Africa and Europe have long had a fruitful relationship, especially through the Africa-EU cooperation agreements. It is through this Africa-EU partnership that work and engagement in political and policy dialogues between Africa and Europe have continued over the years. The partnership was established in 2000 at the first African Union (AU)-EU Summit in Cairo. It is guided by the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), adopted at the 2nd AU-EU Summit in Lisbon in 2007.
Africa has pursued political and economic integration at a continental level since the start of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 and the AU in 2002. At the continental level, institutions, policies and initiatives have been established in areas that are of increasing importance for Africa’s development, as well as being of interest to the EU.

Motivated by the vision of the JAES to provide for future relations between Africa and the EU, by setting out the overarching political framework and seeking to tackle issues of common concern together, the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) and the European Astronomical Society (EAS) have joined forces by organising this session to bring together involvement from major players in Astronomy in both Africa and Europe. These include members from the various sectors of society including policymakers, decision-makers, researchers, and academia, and in turn, deepen and strengthen the relationship between Africa and the EU countries.
Astronomy has developed quite rapidly over the years globally, and a lot of that success can be attributed to the increase in collaborations between various organisations and countries. There are several astronomy infrastructure projects, instruments and training programmes that are of interest to communities in both Africa and the EU and the need for discussions and strengthened collaborations is one way to ensure sustainable development and solutions.

This session offers an opportunity for interactions between existing and potential Africa-EU collaborators to stimulate and explore mutually beneficial opportunities that may arise between Africa and Europe, as well as the opportunity to promote sustained collaborations between partners from the European and African countries and cultivate the expertise that forms a core component of knowledge-based economies. The session also aims at exploring wider socioeconomic benefit implications from such collaborations and efforts by engaging in discussions and projects that include building bridges with industry, government and across academic disciplines and engaging society.

The discussions are aimed at encouraging collaborative research and innovation in astronomy and related sciences by touching on themes such as astronomy for development and outreach & education programmes, how science can play a role in contributing to society and addressing shared global challenges and how these collaborations can help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The discussions and presentations will focus on:
  • Current and planned projects and initiatives to grow and connect the astronomical community in both Africa and Europe in the fields of optical astronomy and radio astronomy
  • Flagship projects and involvement of participating stakeholders in science and outreach/education programmes for the development of society
  • Strengthening EU-Africa research collaborations through joint research projects, observations, MSc/PhD student's joint supervisions, joint proposals, etc.

To view the exact program please reffer to the attached document. 

Session organiser(s):
Charles Takalana
African Astronomica

Speakers
avatar for Xavier Barcons

Xavier Barcons

Director-Genera, ESO
 Xavier Barcons (MA U Barcelona 1981, PhD U Cantabria 1985) is CSIC Research Professor since 2002. First Director (1995-1999) of the Instituto de Física de Cantabria, spent several research periods at the Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge UK). Astronomy research on Active Galaxies... Read More →
avatar for Takalani Nemaungani

Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Takalani Nemaungani:Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Acting Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained... Read More →
avatar for Francisco Colomer

Francisco Colomer

Chair, Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Francisco (Paco) Colomer (Valencia, 1966) is director of JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI, a European Research Infrastructure hosted by ASTRON/NWO in Dwingeloo (the Netherlands). Colomer earned his PhD in astrophysics by Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) on the study of... Read More →
avatar for Charles Mpho Takalana

Charles Mpho Takalana

Head of Secretariat, African Astronomical Society
Charles Mpho Takalana completed his Ph.D. in physics focusing on Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in December 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Charles currently works at the African... Read More →
avatar for Carla Sharpe

Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →
avatar for Jamal Mimouni

Jamal Mimouni

Prof, AfAS
Jamal Mimouni is an Algerian astrophysicist, who received his higher education partly in Algeria (B. Sc. in Theoretical Physics in 1977 from Algiers University) and partly in the States (Ph. D. in Particle Physics in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). He is also... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa McBride

Vanessa McBride

Astronomer, Office of Astronomy for Development
Dr Vanessa McBride is an astronomer at the Office of Astronomy for Development, where she works towards bridging the gap between the community of professional astronomers and the development work.  She is co-chair of the National Organising Committee of the IAU’s General Assembly... Read More →
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Roger Davies

President, European Astronomical Society - EAS
Roger Davie is the Philip Wetton Professor and Director of the Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys at the University of Oxford.   He read Physics at University College London and started research working on galaxy dynamics in Cambridge in the 1970s after which he moved to California... Read More →
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Philip Diamond

Director Genral, Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKAO)
Professor Philip Diamond is the Director-General of the SKAO (SKA Observatory). He was appointed to this position in October 2012 and is leading the team designing and constructing the SKA, which, when completed, will be the largest scientific project on Earth.From 2010 – 2012 he... Read More →
avatar for Stefan Wagner

Stefan Wagner

Director, H.E.S.S
DB

David Buckley

Darragh O'Donoghue Astronomer, South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
avatar for Fabio Favata

Fabio Favata

Head of Science Directorate strategy, planning, and coordination office, European Space Agency (ESA)
Professor Philip Diamond is the Director-General of the SKAO (SKA Observatory). He was appointed to this position in October 2012 and is leading the team designing and constructing the SKA, which, when completed, will be the largest scientific project on Earth.From 2010 – 2012 he... Read More →
avatar for Colin Vincent

Colin Vincent

Board Chair, Astronet
Chair Astronet Board, Workpackage Leader for Astronet European Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap. Associate Director, Astronomy, STFC-UKRI responsible for strategy, funding and management of UK Astronomy programme for the UK's primary research funding body Chair SKA Finance... Read More →
avatar for Melvin Hoare

Melvin Hoare

Professor,, University of Leeds
Melvin Hoare is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leeds, UK. After obtaining a PhD in Astrophysics at University College London, he carried out research at the University of Oxford, UK and Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany. Specializing in the study of how massive... Read More →
avatar for Inma Domínguez

Inma Domínguez

Secretary of the Council, European Astronomical Society - EAS
 Secretary of the Council of the European Astronomical Society. Coordinator of Astrophysics at the Spanish Research Agency. Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Granada (UGR). Inma has worked on supernovae since her doctoral thesis (University of Barcelona... Read More →
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Michael Backes

Associate Professor & Co-PI Africa Millimetre Telescope, University of Namibia
Prof. Michael Backes is Associate Professor, Head of the Namibian H.E.S.S. group, and of astrophysics at the University of Namibia (UNAM), as well as Extraordinary Associate Professor at North-West University (South Africa) and Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford (UK). He... Read More →
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Corrado Perna

Senior Policy Officer, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics
Corrado Perna is a Senior Policy Officer from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics. He played a leading role in promoting the Italy’s founding involvement in the establishment of the XXI century global large scale research Astrophysics facilities such as SKA, CTA and... Read More →



Tuesday February 15, 2022 09:00 - 11:00 CET

11:00 CET

(Ref 151100) Green Medicines in Africa: Plant Molecular Pharming to fight the COVID-19 pandemic - Convened by  Cape Biologix Technologies /M4F/BOKU
Green Medicines in AfricaPlant Molecular Pharming to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
Cape Biopharms, South Africa and M4F, Austria agree on mutual technology exchange for GMP manufacturing capacity building for the production of COVID-19 medicines

Agenda

Mr Declan Kirrane Moderator
11:00 Ambassador Mag. Martin Hojni Austrian Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU
11:07 Ambassador Tokozile Xasa South African Ambassador, Brussels (by video)
11:15 Signing ceremony plus Photos (Belinda Shaw and Kurt Zatloukal)
11:20 Dr Paul Ruebig Governing Board Member, European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)
11:30 Prof Kurt Zatloukal M4F, Austria
11:40 Ms Belinda Shaw Cape Bio Pharms (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
11:50 Prof Eva Stöger University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria
12:00 Dr Alexandra Castilho University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria
12:10 Dr Amadou Alpha Sall L'Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD), Senegal
12:20 Dr Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC
12:30 Dr Michael Makanga, EDCTP
12:40 Eudy Mabuza Senior Science and Innovation Representative, US and SA Mission to the EU
12:50 Conclusion 


Cape Bio Pharms, South Africa and Medicines for Future (M4F), Austria will convene a session on "Green Medicines in Africa" within the context of the AERAP science meetings at the EU-Africa Summit. The session will be at 11 AM Brussels time, 15 February 2022. The meeting will be hybrid, with the possibility to participate virtually.

Among the various options to block SARS-CoV-2 infections by drugs, the inhibition of the binding of the virus to its receptor on human cells is one of the most promising approaches for COVID-19 therapy. This is mainly because the emerging virus variants are characterised by increased binding to the ACE2 receptor on the human cells due to natural selection. Consequently, drugs that mimic this receptor (so-called decoys) also show increased binding to the emerging virus variants, making the decoy more potent in neutralising the virus. Therefore, ACE2 decoys are among the few therapeutic options that naturally will become more efficacious in treating COVID-19 caused by new variants.
The drug to be developed by M4F is based on an ACE2 decoy with a markedly increased SARS-CoV-2 neutralising activity, optimized and widely tested in pre-clinical studies performed at the Medical University Graz. The potency of the ACE2 decoy is increased significantly as compared to conventional biotechnological production by its production in glyco-engineered plants, developed by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).
To quickly build up sufficient production capacities, M4F engages in several multinational partnerships. The first partnership to be signed is with Cape Bio Pharms located in South Africa and foresees mutual technology exchange for GMP production capacity building. This agreement is to be signed in the context of the EU-Africa Summit in February 2022. It should serve as a shining example to further develop the relations and exchange between Europe and Africa, in order to join forces fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cape Bio Pharms licences commercial production to its subsidiary Cape Biologix Technologies, South Africa to produce commercial-scale volumes of a range of plant-based SARS-CoV-2 recombinant proteins for diagnostics and research applications. Cape Biologix Technologies Senegal will be a plant-based cGMP manufacturing facility for vaccine and therapeutic-grade proteins and is expected to come online in early 2024.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Hojni

Martin Hojni

Austrian Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU
avatar for Kurt Zatloukal

Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Michael Makanga

Michael Makanga

Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
avatar for Daan du Toit

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 →
avatar for Eva Stoger

Eva Stoger

Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, BOKU
Eva Stoger is currently heading the Institute of Plant Biotechnology and Cell Biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. After completing her PhD at the University of Vienna she worked at the University of Florida, Gainesville, US, at the John... Read More →
avatar for Belinda Shaw

Belinda Shaw

CEO & Founder, Cape BioLogix
Cape Bio Pharms is an exciting new spin-off company of the University of Cape Town.  As co-investors together with Grant funding from the DTI, our plans are becoming the reality.  We aim to develop a world-class commercial-scale expression platform for the production of a variety... Read More →
avatar for Amadou Alpha Sall

Amadou Alpha Sall

Administrateur Général, L’Institut Pasteur de Daka
Dr Amadou A Sall is the CEO of Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal and director of the WHO collaborating center for Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever. He has been chairman of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and a member of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Castilho

Alexandra Castilho

Head, Institute of Plant Biotechnology and Cell Biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
Alexandra Castilho joined the Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology in 2004 and is currently heading the Plant Glycoengineering research group at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology and Cell Biology, BOKU, Vienna, Austria. Until 2018, she was the scientific coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Eudy Mabuza

Eudy Mabuza

Senior Science and Innovation Representative, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Ms Mabuza has ten and half years of progressive experience in the Public Sector engaging and mediating with international agencies in an effort to increasing bilateral and donor relations towards the South African Science System. She has been dealing with a wide range of policy issues... Read More →
PR

Paul Ruebig

Governing Board Member, European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)


Tuesday February 15, 2022 11:00 - 13:00 CET

14:00 CET

(Ref 151400) Health research and innovation, with a focus on industry leadership
In many sub-Saharan African countries, there is a non-conducive environment for research: the legislative framework has not kept pace with new trends in research, such as genetics research, ethical conduct of clinical trials, material exchange, and intellectual property rights. These legislative gaps hamper multi-institutional research such as clinical trials. Governments must appreciate the need to make greater commitments to provide strategic planning, legislative reforms, and funding for effective management of research activities.

Science is a global activity, and some of the best African researchers move to countries where their efforts are better rewarded and appreciated. High-profile advocates are needed to promote science within African society, to ensure that research gets its share of the national budgetary allocation and attracts additional external funding. This could be done by national academies of science—the African Academy of Sciences and the African Union. Politicians and policymakers need to consider how science and technology can contribute to development, including the achievement of the SDGs. African governments should recognise that funds allocated for research are a good investment. More appreciation of the benefits of research might lead to greater commitment to providing dedicated funding to national research budgets. Science can also contribute directly to wealth creation, through product development partnerships with industry and entrepreneurs.

This session will look at the leadership provided by industry in delivering health outcomes in Africa. Health is a priority of the AU-EU Summit meeting in Brussels on the 17th-18th of February 2022. Privatisation isn't enough: this needs to be accompanied by an enabling policy and regulatory environment, combined with a commitment to enable collaboration between industry and academia.

The programme

14h00   Racey Muchilwa Head of Sub Saharan Africa, Novartis, Kenya
14h15   Kurt Zatloukal Medical University of Graz, Austria
14h30   Trish Scanlan Tumaini, Tanzania
14h45   Q&A
15h00    END


Speakers
avatar for Trish Scanlan

Trish Scanlan

CEO, Tumaini la Maisha
Dr Trish Scanlan is an Irish paediatric oncologist and CEO of the Charities Tumaini la Maisha and Their Lives Matter. She is also the interim director of the Global Health Department at Children’s Health Ireland.Since 2006 she has worked in Tanzania supporting the development of... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Zatloukal

Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Racey Muchilwa

Racey Muchilwa

Head of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA),, Novartis


Tuesday February 15, 2022 14:00 - 15:00 CET

14:00 CET

(REF 151400) UNOOSA COPUOS Data Protection and AI
1400 Welcome from Dr Pimprikar, Caneus
1402 Mr Declan Kirrane Introduction and Welcome ISC, Chair UNGA Science Summit, Spain
1410 Professor Barry O’Sullivan, School of Computer Science & IT, University College Cork, Ireland Director, Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics, University College Cork, Director, SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence, Ireland
1420 Dr Rita Lawlor ARC-NET: Centre for Applied Research on Cancer University of Verona, Italy
1430 Dr Cao Hui, Huawei EU Director for Policy to Market, Belgium
1440 Dr Domingos da Silva Barbosa, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) Portugal
1450 Discussion
1500 End

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Rita Lawlor

Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net
Rita Lawlor is a Computer Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in Oncological Pathology from the University of Verona where she is co-founder of the ARC-Net (www.arc-net.it) applied cancer research centre where is director of the ARC-Net biobank and coordinates... Read More →


Tuesday February 15, 2022 14:00 - 15:00 CET

16:00 CET

(Ref 151600) The diagnostics crisis in Africa needs political, policy, scientific, education and funding solutions in parallel: without this the health crisis will deepen
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that access to timely, accurate diagnostics is fundamental to effective healthcare. Yet today, almost half the world’s population has little or no access to even the simplest of tests. The problems are most severe and acute in primary and community care – in low- and middle-income countries, basic tests are available in just 1% of primary care clinics. The result is not only blindness to current and emerging health threats, it also puts achievement of the global goal of universal health coverage (UHC) in jeopardy.
Addressing shortfalls in diagnostic testing must be an urgent priority. While deficiencies impact the whole care cascade – affecting medical workforces, education, research, physical infrastructure, supply chain, data collection, and management – the root causes are more straightforward. Lack of political prioritization, resource allocation and finance, and lack of effective regulation for governance and quality are stymying efforts to build sustainable, resilient health systems that can deliver health for all.
A two-pronged approach, focused on both policy and implementation, is critical, and must be underpinned by long-term (>20 year) commitments and funding. Solutions fall into several categories, all of which are aimed at optimizing scant resources.
Establish national diagnostics strategies to support National Health Plans, including the development and implementation of national Essential Diagnostics Lists. Diagnostic testing must be acknowledged as a key enabler for health, and supported by adequate funding, for example through national financing strategies for diagnostics, and coverage of diagnostics for key conditions in UHC benefits packages.
  • Make key basic diagnostic tests available at primary health centres, as a key step towards UHC. This includes the availability of accurate, reliable point-of-care tests that are linked to radiology and pathology and laboratory medicine (PaLM) systems to provide “see and treat” at one visit, ensure seamless handover between health facilities and tiers, and enable appropriate patient follow up. Digital tools can also support community health workers with tasks that may previously have been restricted to specialized clinics.
  • Invest in an expanded workforce with the skilling and upgrading needed to support advances in diagnostics. Training programmes are needed to increase the number of technicians, scientists and pathologists to a base level, and enable task shifting that can reduce both the time and cost of training fully qualified specialists. Regional/transnational networks should be activated to optimize both training and capacity of staff. Technology such as artificial intelligence and digital decision support tools can also support tasks such as image interpretation at lower levels of the health system.
  • Commit to enabling policy and regulatory frameworks for diagnostics in Africa. Context-appropriate, simple accreditation processes are needed to ensure affordable, high-quality tests can be made available where they are needed as quickly as possible.
  • Improve infrastructure, including supporting the expansion of local and regional manufacturing capacity. This must include initiatives to streamline supply chains, equipment purchase and maintenance, IT and mobile developments to improve data flow and communications, alongside development of robust, affordable and context-appropriate Laboratory Information and Management Systems.


Speakers
avatar for Rizwana Mia

Rizwana Mia

South African Medical Research Council (S. Africa)
Rizwana Mia joined the SAMRC in February 2015. She is responsible for developing the South African Precision Medicine program and incorporating the South African Precision Medicine Think Tank. She has spearheaded strategic partnerships in creating programmatic research as well as... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Marleen Temmerman

Prof. Marleen Temmerman

Director, Aga Khan University, Kenya
Prof dr Marleen Temmerman is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aga Khan University Hospital and Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University (Nairobi, Kenya). Prior she was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Fleming

Kenneth Fleming

Chairman, The Lancet Commission on Diagnostics
Dr Fleming has been an academic pathologist for over 40 years. His research interests include the pathogenesis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, and the molecular analysis of tissue. He has over 200 publications and a H-index of 49.Dr Fleming has had several major leadership positions... Read More →
avatar for Koleka Mlisana

Koleka Mlisana

Executive Manager: Academic Affairs, Research & Quality Assurance, National Health Laboratory Service NHLS
Professor Koleka Mlisana is the Executive Manager: Academic Affairs, Research & Quality Assurance at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), since July 2018. Prior to this she was the HOD: Medical Microbiology at the University of KwaZulu Natal/Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central... Read More →
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Pascale Ondoa

Director of Science and New Initiatives, ASLM
Dr Pascale Ondoa is the Director of Science and New Initiatives of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) since 2016. She holds a medical degree from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and a PhD in Virology from the University of Antwerp. She provides scientific and... Read More →


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

17:00 CET

(REF 151700) A case study: Ethiopia builds research bridges with regional actors and Europe
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.


Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Solomon Benor

Solomon Benor

Chief Executive Officer (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 →
avatar for Teketel Yohannes Anshebo

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 →
avatar for Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie

Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of TechnologyProfessor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development... Read More →


Tuesday February 15, 2022 17:00 - 19:00 CET
 
Wednesday, February 16
 

08:00 CET

(REF 160800) Assessing the hidden assets of the poor – lessons from a survey on local social goods in 177 African Cities in 2021

Assessing the hidden assets of the poor – how to measure social resilience in African towns

The World Social Capital Monitor is an open-access survey in 50 languages that is
conducted since 2016 within the UN SDG Partnerships by the Basel Institute of
Commons and Economics.

Social goods and social capital have been a focus of the Social Capital Initiative of the World Bank in 1999 that included three Nobel Laureates, Elinor Ostrom, Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.
It is only the spread of the smartphone in Africa that it has been possible to measure indicators of social capital today.

The Nigerian researcher Olabisi Obaitor recently wrote: "Social capital is the major asset of slum residents".
In 2021 results from 177 African Cities, including 400 qualitative comments, were published by the UN:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/commitments/3914_11706_commitment_300_Cities_and_their_social_goods_to_achieve_the_SDGs.pdf

The high conversion rate shows the importance of social goods for people living in poverty.
In this session, panellists will explain that knowing the level and the distribution of local social goods in Africa is essential to address the major challenges in climate change, migration, security and health.

How the Social Capital Monitor works:
In the Social Capital Monitor, the participants assess indicators of local social goods on a scale between 10 (high) and 1 (low) without any registration and have the opportunity to give a qualitative comment on the following:
  • The local social climate
  • Mutual trust
  • Willingness to co-finance public goods
  • Willingness to invest in local SME
  • Acceptance of minorities
  • Acceptance of environmental measures
  • Helpfulness
  • Friendliness
  • Hospitality

The Monitor is available in 50 languages: https://trustyourplace.com/, including, for example, Afan Oromo, Kiswahili and Tigrinya. We recommend offering more African languages to enhance local inclusion. The Monitor, therefore, is the first digital service allowing to include African culture and tradition broadly.

Speakers
avatar for Jitka Kranz

Jitka Kranz

Research Analyst, ISC Intelligence in Science
Hello! My name is Jitka and I am here to help you with any questions you might have regarding the event-webpage or the event itself. Feel free to write me an email and I will do my best to solve your request: jitka.kranz@iscintelligence.comI am in my final semester of pursuing a bachelor's... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Olabisi Sakirat Obaitor

Dr. Olabisi Sakirat Obaitor

Alexander Humboldt University of Berlin
Dr. Obaitor is an urban planner and a guest researcher at the Geography department at Alexander Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She holds a PhD in geography. Her interest lies at the interface of socio-spatial research. Much of her work has been on understanding dynamics in... Read More →
avatar for RACHEL BOADU

RACHEL BOADU

Rachel conducted her first study on Ghana’s Social Capital at the age of 19 in 2017 yet by using the opportunities of Social Networks and mobile communication. Rachel studied Sociology and Political Science at the University of Ghana in Kumasi. In 2021, she conducted the Ghana Social... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Dill

Alexander Dill

A PhD in Sociology, Dill founded the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics in 2010 and since then leads the Institute. In 2016, the World Social Capital Monitor of Basel Institute became a UN SDGs Partnership project with 50 languages versions.He published several books on measuring... Read More →



Wednesday February 16, 2022 08:00 - 08:45 CET

09:00 CET

(Ref 160900) Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa - Convened by EDCTP/ECRIN
Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit
ABSTRACT Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa

Health research and innovation (R&I) are fundamental for health – one of the major determinants of economic growth and poverty reduction, and a centrepiece in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 crisis underscored once again the vital importance of global health research preparedness and response. Accelerated basic and clinical research carried out in real-time by consolidated infrastructures provided prevention and therapeutic tools within unprecedented timelines. Despite record achievements, access remains a key issue to ensure the provision of the standard of care globally. Gaps in cross-border ethical and regulatory harmonization, quality sample and data collection, data sharing and repurposing mechanisms remain to be addressed in order to enable multinational clinical research capacities in Africa.
Establishing a robust clinical research infrastructure coupled with scientific excellence and leadership is a key development step to addressing health challenges on the continent. Governments should capitalize on the momentum from the response to COVID-19 to coordinate efforts by all stakeholders, including private actors as well as development banks, and provide sustainable governance and funding mechanisms for tackling global health challenges.

This session on Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa, co-chaired by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), brings together key global health actors to collectively discuss the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilization of all the stakeholders necessary for building sustainable clinical research infrastructure, skills development, and strengthening of institutions for the development and uptake of safe and effective R&I products in Africa. A set of recommendations on clinical trial infrastructure and capacity building in Africa arising from a session hosted by ECRIN and EDCTP on 17 June 2021 at the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will also be further discussed.
EDCTP is a public-public partnership between 14 European and 16 African countries, supported by the European Union. EDCTP’s vision is to reduce the individual, social and economic burden of poverty-related infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa. EDCTP’s mission is to accelerate the development of new or improved medicinal products for the identification, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, including emerging and re-emerging diseases, through pre-and post-registration clinical studies, with emphasis on phase II and III clinical trials. EDCTP’s approach integrates the conduct of research with the development of African clinical research capacity and networking.

ECRIN-ERIC is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organization that supports the conduct of multinational clinical trials in Europe. ECRIN works with national networks of clinical trial units (CTUs), as well as numerous European and international stakeholders involved in clinical research. ECRIN is also a founding member of the Clinical Research Initiative for Global Health (CRIGH) which brings together more than 40 member and observer institutions across the globe to establish a framework for international cooperation in non-commercial clinical trials and to promote evidence-based medicine through various activities focused on infrastructure and funding, global core competencies, research ethics, patient involvement, comparative effectiveness research and socio-economic impact, and data management and sharing.

Speakers
avatar for Mmboneni Muofhe

Mmboneni Muofhe

Deputy Director-General (DDG), Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.
Dr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.   He was previously the Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources in the Department during which time he oversaw... Read More →
avatar for Michael Makanga

Michael Makanga

Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Tanner

Marcel Tanner

President, Swiss Academy of Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, EDCTP and Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences
Professor Marcel Tanner was Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from 1997 to 2015 and is now President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and an MPH from the University of London. Lived and worked... Read More →
avatar for Leonardo Simao

Leonardo Simao

High Representative, Africa, EDCTP
Dr Leonardo Santos Simão is a medical doctor by training. After his graduation from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique in 1980, he worked in rural areas of Mozambique as a medical officer at district and provincial levels. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (Community... Read More →
avatar for Jacques Demotes

Jacques Demotes

Director General, European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (France)
Jacques Demotes is the Director General of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), which he founded in 2004. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the infrastructure with the support of the ECRIN Management Office (in Paris... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Kerstiëns

Barbara Kerstiëns

Head of Unit “Combatting Diseases” within the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Barbara Kerstiëns, MD, MPH is the Head of Unit in the unit responsible for ‘Combatting Diseases’ in the PEOPLE Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission.  She has a long experience in international public health, working for... Read More →
avatar for Raji Tajudeen

Raji Tajudeen

Head, Division of Public Health Institutes and Research, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Ethiopia)
Raji Tajudeen MD is a Medical Doctor with postgraduate qualifications in Pediatrics and Public Health. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and African Public Health Leaders Fellow of the Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK. He has over 20... Read More →
avatar for Bonginkosi Nzimande

Bonginkosi Nzimande

Minister, Higher Education, Science and Technology (South Africa)
Dr Nzimande was appointed as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology on 30 May 2019. He was Minister of Transport from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019. Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande was the Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa... Read More →
avatar for Martina Hirayama

Martina Hirayama

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (Switzerland)
Martina Hirayama studied Chemistry at the ETH Zurich, the University of Fribourg and Imperial College London, graduating from ETH Zurich with a doctorate in technical sciences (Dr. sc. Techn). She went on to do postgraduate studies in Business Economics at the ETH Zurich, and completed... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Nivagara

Daniel Nivagara

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Mozambique)
Daniel Nivagara graduated in Pedagogy and Psychology at the Pedagogical Institute of Maputo in 1995. He continued his studies at the University of Nantes, in France, where he obtained a master's degree in Education Sciences in 2001 and in 2007 he completed his doctorate in the same... Read More →
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Rhoda Wanyenze

Professor and Dean, Makerer University School of Public Health Uganda
Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze MBChB, MPH, PhD is a Professor and Dean at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). She has vast experience in infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive Health, Health Systems research, program management, and capacity building in Uganda and sub-Saharan... Read More →
avatar for Veronika von Messling

Veronika von Messling

Directorate-General, Life Science Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling, is Directorate-General of the Life Science Division atthe German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She obtained her veterinarydegree and her doctorate degree in veterinary virology from the Veterinary SchoolHannover, Germany. After postdoctoral... Read More →
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Maria da Graça Carvalho

Member, European Parliament
Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently a member of the European Parliament. She was a senior advisor of Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, from November 2014 to December 2015. Previously, she was a member of the European Parliament, between July 2009... Read More →
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Amadou Gallo Diop

Director-General for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Senegal)


Wednesday February 16, 2022 09:00 - 11:00 CET
Zoom

11:00 CET

(Ref 161100) Policy Roundtable on AU-EU Science: How to enable a shared future
The running order is:

Declan Kirrane Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Maria Cristina Russo Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
Sherry Ayittey Ghana
Solomon Benor Director General for Science and Research Affairs, Ethiopian Ministry of Education
Professor Intisar Soghayroun Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Rahma Rachdi Correspondent - Head of Bureau, USPA, France
Svein Stølen Rector, University of Oslo, Norway
Souad Aden-Osman Executive Director, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA)


The general topics for this session will include:
1. The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, NDICI, also known as Global Europe. The Communication from the Commission on the Global Approach to Research and Innovation is a key paper: ....to serve as a guide in implementing the international dimension of the new EU programme for civil research and innovation, Horizon Europe, and its synergies with other EU programmes, in particular the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument - Global Europe.

2. How to accelerate an inclusive approach to collaborative research, recognising African leadership and the untapped potential of women and girls to contribute to science and innovation.

3. Consider how to leverage synergies between funding mechanisms led by the EU and others including development finance provided by the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and others.

4. Raise awareness of the unforeseen and unintended impact of regulations on potential research collaborations with Africa. These include data privacy, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the In-vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR), the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the Clinical Trials Regulation. Good regulation cannot act as a barrier between African and EU and other researchers. African nations need to build their enabling regulatory environment and regulatory compliance with the EU.

5. Indigenous knowledge can be a force for good and part of the equation when promoting Africa-Europe science collaboration, including developing relevant information services and linking indigenous knowledge to data capacities; patent data. WTO TRIPS Art. 66.2 is critical to supporting technology transfer.   

6. The meeting will also consider the importance of the SDGs in this context, including enabling local and community (UN Local 2030) science as part of the global response.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) met in Kigali, Rwanda, on 26 October 2021, took stock of progress regarding the priority areas adopted during the last AU–EU Summit held in 2017, in Abidjan. The Communique provides some guidance on priorities for the AU-EU Summit on 17-18 Feb 2022.


Speakers
avatar for Rahma Rachdi

Rahma Rachdi

Correspondent- Head of Bureau, US Press Agency
Rahma Sophia RACHDI is a Journalist in Politics, disabled in wheelchair and Head of the Correspondence, based in Paris, for the United States Press Agency. She is renowned for have released many scientific publications and journalistic articles and reports, for different media over... Read More →
avatar for Solomon Benor

Solomon Benor

Chief Executive Officer (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 →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Professor Intisar Soghayroun

Professor Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, SudanProfessor Intisar Soghayroun, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cristina Russo

Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibility for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme.She... Read More →
avatar for Souad Aden-Osman

Souad Aden-Osman

Executive Director, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA)
Ms. Souad Aden-Osman is the Executive Director for the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA). She is also the Head of the secretariat of the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa (HLP on IFFs). In this capacity, she serves as the Coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Svein Stølen

Svein Stølen

Rector, University of Oslo
Svein Stølen is professor of chemistry and rector of the University of Oslo for the period 2017-2025.Prof. Stølen has been vice dean for research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2013-2016) and head of the Department of Chemistry (2009-2012). He headed the Center... Read More →


Wednesday February 16, 2022 11:00 - 12:45 CET

13:00 CET

(Ref 171600) Mutual Bridges from basic to higher education: The role Universities play in universal-quality education.
Mutual Bridges from basic to higher education: The role Universities play in universal-quality education. 
Basic and secondary level education is undisputable to higher education and national science training and policies. A recent study with African potential star scientists who outperform in the world centres of learning, attain achievements well beyond established scientists in their home countries and universities abroad, show that the fellows built the talents at an early age in Africa. Besides being gifted they demonstrate different approaches and factors which influenced them from childhood in their home African countries. The majority state that the funding and excellent research environment in the centres of excellence were merely facilitation. While this “context-based” research merely confirms other previous ones and it is known that universities and science and technology build on the previous levels, the bridging especially for developing countries remain under-researched, unattended to in policy and development cooperation and funding discourses.

One of the success factors for renowned education systems like Finland is the extent to which these three levels are connected, integrated into the national policies and feedback on each other. While the unidirectional upward input from basic to tertiary education remains clear and obvious, the feedback influence of the university to the basic and secondary education are unclear and unattended. Universities train and build capacities for the lower levels, talk less of an entirely quality education system, the cited case of Finland where primary and secondary school teachers hold at least a master degree obtained from universities. Universities conduct research on basic and secondary education which feed into the system. In the most integrated systems, universities provide mentoring, review primary and secondary education policies, and make recommendations.

Despite the above, the past half a century have witnessed similar repeated errors in international education and science agenda setting. Up to early 2000, the World Bank rate of return analysis influenced under-investment in developing countries’ higher education, in favour of basic education. This was the case for many development cooperation agencies and even national governments for close to two decades. Though subsequently, there was a theoretical and policy reversal following demonstrations of the new knowledge economies (South Korea, Finland, North Carolina etc), in favour of holistic and balanced education policymaking and financing, the Millennium Development Goal understated the role of higher education. This is similar to the SDGs, not least as a reinforcer of SDG4 and vehicle of SDG9 (innovation) and a cross-cutting and transversal sector for all the 17 SDGs. Ever since the covid19 a lot of multilateral donor partnerships have been initiated. Perhaps a lot of funds were deployed to university-related organisations and laboratories in the industrialised countries, given the urgency to find vaccines and other solutions to the effects of the pandemic.

A large majority of the partnership mostly focus on basic and secondary education in developing countries.
This panel brings together higher education and education experts to identify different channels and how to bridge the already existing bridge between basic, secondary and tertiary education in development cooperation policymaking. On the other hand, panellists will examine the different roles, channels and pathways in which universities support the development of a robust and quality basic and secondary education. At the end of the debate, participants highlight the different channels and make a case towards a more holistic and bridging education and science capacity-building funding in the EU-Africa partnerships

Speakers
avatar for Pascal Doh

Pascal Doh

Senior Researcher, Diaspora Academic Network for Africa
Dr. Pascal S. Doh is Founder of a Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation in 2019 and of A Europe-Africa Diaspora Professional Network. He is specialised in Higher Education (HE) Management and Governance and resident in Finland. He holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Management from... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Hortense Atta Diallo

Prof. Hortense Atta Diallo

Vice-President, Planning, Programming, and External Relations University Nangui Abrogoua (UNA), Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
I am a full Professor of Plant Science (Plant Health). As a Vice-President at the University NANGUIABROGOUA, my interest is in establiishing cooperation with other institutions (Universities, industry,  Agencies dealing with mobilities, scholarships, grants, helping with setting... Read More →
avatar for Fred Awaah

Fred Awaah

Vice President (Africa), Diaspora Academic Network for Africa ry
Dr Fred Awaah is an African academic of Ghanaian origin. He is a lecturer in Public Administration, Entrepreneurship Development, Leadership and Global Dimensions to Business at the University of Professional Studies – Accra, Ghana. He is an adjunct researcher with the University... Read More →
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Marcelline Djeumeni Tchamabe

University Pedagogy-Digital Pedagogy Expert, University of Yaounde 1 Cameroon
Marcelline DJEUMENI TCHAMABE est enseignante -chercheur  en Sciences de l'éducation. Elle est titulaire d'un postdoctoral de l'université laval au Canada, un doctorat de la Sorbonne en France et d'un diplôme de professeur des écoles normales d'instituteurs. Ses interêts de recherche... Read More →
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Marjo Vesalainen

Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland
MARJO VESALAINEN (PhD) is Senior Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. At the Ministry, she works at the Department for Higher Education and Science Policy. Her responsibilities include especially issues related to teacher education and to pedagogical... Read More →


Wednesday February 16, 2022 13:00 - 14:00 CET

14:00 CET

(Ref 161400) Belmont Forum: Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022
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
avatar for Erica Key

Erica Key

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... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Arbour

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... 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 →
avatar for Nicholas Ozor

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 →
avatar for Stephanie Burton

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

14:00 CET

(REF 161400) UNOOSA COPUOS Development Financing for Space Research
16 Feb Development Financing for Space Research", 16 Feb. 2022 2pm-
Milind Pimrpikar
Mr Declan Kirrane AERAP, ISC, Chair UNGA Science Summit
Dr Mirjana Povic ESSTI, Ethiopia and IAA, Spain
Dr Niall Smith, Munster Technological University, Ireland
Dr Barbara Cavalazzi, PHD President of EANA --European Astrobiology Network and Association, Università di Bologna
Dr Corado Perna National Institute of Astrophysics INAF, Italy
Dr Erik Ruuth Chief Scientific Officer. IMiBio. Argentina

Speakers
avatar for Niall Smith

Niall Smith

Founder-Director, Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO)
Niall Smith received his PhD in astrophysics from University College Dublin in 1990. He lectured in physics at Munster Technological University before becoming Head of Research in 2005, now providing strategic oversight of a budget of €18m per annum across disciplines from science... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Mirjana Povic

Mirjana Povic

Assistant professor in astrophysics, ESSTI, Ethiopia; IAA-CSIC, Spain; MUST, Uganda
Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, and an honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Cavalazzi

Barbara Cavalazzi

Associate Professor, Associate Researcher, University of Bologna, National Institute of Astrophysics-INAF
Barbara Cavalazzi is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, Adjunct Professor at the University of Johannesburg, and Associate Researcher at National Institute of Astrophysics-INAF. She obtained her PhD in 2005 at the Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and continuer and... Read More →
avatar for Milind Pimprikar

Milind Pimprikar

CANEUS, Founder & Chairman
Dr. Milind Pimprikar, Founder & Chairman, CANEUSDr Milind Pimprikar, a “Global citizen”, is an influential network builder connecting the “haves” and “have-nots”, with a proven track record of transitioning innovative technologies-based solutions to serve humanity’s... Read More →


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

15:00 CET

(Ref 161500) Research Infrastructures - convened by The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
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.

Speakers
avatar for Bahne Stechmann

Bahne Stechmann

Head of Operations & Scientfic Strategy, EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC
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 →
avatar for Ed Mitchell

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 →
avatar for John E. Eriksson

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 →
avatar for Werner Kutsch

Werner Kutsch

Director General, ICOS ERIC
Dr. Werner Kutsch is Director General of the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) since March 2014. He is biologist, plant ecologist and ecosystem scientist by education and has worked on ecosystem carbon cycling for 25 years in Europe and Africa. The focus of his work has... Read More →
avatar for Inmaculada Figueroa

Inmaculada Figueroa

Vice Deputy Director-General for Internationalization of Science and Innovatio, Ministry of Science and Innovation
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 →
avatar for Natalie Haley

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 →
avatar for Gregor Feig

Gregor Feig

EFTEON Manager, SAEON
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 →
avatar for Caron Jacobs

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 →
avatar for Simon Connell

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 →
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Dominik Sobczak

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



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

16:00 CET

(REF 161600) A presentation on the interface between Horizon Europe and NDIC/Global Europe
Speakers
avatar for Nienke Buisman

Nienke Buisman

Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy, European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation
Nienke Buisman is Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy in the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation since 2019. She is in charge of developing and implementing the ‘Global Approach to Research and Innovation’, Europe’s strategy for international cooperation, specifically focussing on Africa, Asia and the Middle East... Read More →


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

17:00 CET

(REF 161600) Africa IP SME Helpdesk - Convened by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
The Africa IP SME Helpdesk is an EU-funded project set up to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the European Union (EU) in the process of creating, protecting, utilising, administering and enforcing intellectual property rights (IPR) across Africa, in line with international and European best practice and in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
The EU and African countries share a common interest in facilitating trade and investment among themselves. African countries offer EU SMEs a diverse market with a wide spectrum of economic, cultural and geographical features, as well as varying degrees of development of their IP systems.

Cooperation between the EU and African countries in the Africa IP SME Helpdesk project will provide a unique opportunity for European SMEs to invest in Africa and, in that process, enable African countries to access global business value chains while, at the same time, contributing to sustainable development and economic growth in Africa. Please check our website http://africaiphelpdesk.eu

https://intellectual-property-helpdesk.ec.europa.eu/regional-helpdesks/africa-ip-sme-helpdesk_en


Speakers
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
avatar for Beata Suwala

Beata Suwala

Africa IP SME Helpdesk Coordinator, EUIPO
Beata Suwala is a Polish qualified patent attorney and a qualified lawyer. Beata has extensive Intellectual Property experience, in particular the law of patents and trademarks.She started her professional career as an IP lawyer in a boutique firm in Poland. Following three years... Read More →



Wednesday February 16, 2022 17:00 - 18:00 CET

17:00 CET

(Ref 161600) Using Assistive Technology to Promote Inclusion for People with Disability through Collaboration and Partnership between Europe, Africa, and the United States
Using Assistive Technology to Promote Inclusion for People with Disability through Collaboration and Partnership between Europe, Africa, and the United States.

One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience forms of disabilities. Among those, one-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities. Disability prevalence is even higher for developing countries and those with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes such as less education, poorer health and employment outcomes, and higher poverty rates.

The European Commission’s European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 had identified social exclusion as one of the grand challenges that people with disabilities in Europe are facing. People with disabilities are the most disadvantaged in society exacerbating many inequity issues. For instance, people with disabilities may have limited access to basic education, which can largely reduce their chances to obtain meaningful and gainful employment as adults. Globally, the employment rates of people with disabilities is significantly lower than their peers without disabilities. In addition to the socio-economic implications, social exclusion impacts negatively on self-esteem, mental health and quality of life. Thus, social Inclusion is an important element of well-being for people with disabilities and a key component of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Research has highlighted that social inclusion can be promoted through access to education and employment.

Research has also demonstrated that assistive technology (AT) can be a meaningful way to improve access to education, employment and independence among people with disabilities. AT, include both high-end and low-end devices, equipment and systems, apps and other products. While AT can be useful in improving the life of people with disabilities, the World Health Organization have identified that only 10% of the population in need of AT products have access to them.

While AT provision varies across countries, the intent to support people with disabilities should be a global priority with a focus on removing barriers and providing facilitators to independent living, community participation, and transition from education to employment settings. The rapid pace of technological advancement can leave behind the most vulnerable in society especially those with disabilities. There are low rates of AT adoption by service providers, educators, employers and policymakers as well as high rates of AT abandonment. Building global capacity for AT provision and applications will provide a unique opportunity to support independence and inclusion for people with disabilities through the use of AT.

In collaboration with different stakeholders and through the voices of researchers, practitioners, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers, we will highlight the critical role of partnerships between Europe, the US and Africa in increasing inclusion and improving lives for people with disabilities. Using an international project, we will describe the challenges faced by inclusive education programs for transition-age students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mali and Malawi. We will also share innovative strategies in improving the situations by capacity building as well as guidelines and program development. Finally, we will discuss the importance of promoting interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations between all stakeholders and placing the person with a disability at the centre of the program and resources development, deployment and dissemination


Speakers
avatar for Geraldine Leader

Geraldine Leader

Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology & Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research, NUIG
Dr. Geraldine Leader is a Behavioural Psychologist and is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). With over 90 peer-reviewed publication, Geraldine’s research interests lie in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder... Read More →
avatar for Connie Sung

Connie Sung

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Dr. Connie Sung is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counselling, director of the master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling, and director of MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellows Postdoctoral Program at Michigan State University. She is also a certified rehabilitation counsellor... Read More →
avatar for Binta Koita

Binta Koita

University of Letters and Humanities of Bamako, Mali
Dr. Binta Koita is a lecturer at the University of Letters and Humanities of Bamako, and she is currently a visiting scholar and postdoctoral researcher of the AAP (African Alliance Partnership program at Michigan State University. He holds a master's degree in communication studies... Read More →
avatar for Sinaba Fatoumata Camara

Sinaba Fatoumata Camara

Chair of the Department for Planning and Management of Projects, Malian Federation of the Organisations of Disabled People (FEMAPH)
Mrs Sinaba Fatoumata Camara holds a Master’s degree in Le Genre comme condition de développement durable from the Catholique University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium. She since has served in various leadership positions in institutions for people with disabilities. Since 2006... Read More →
avatar for Ahmed Ag Biga

Ahmed Ag Biga

Project Manager, Humanity and Inclusion
Mr Ahmed Ag Biga holds a B.A. in Psycho-Pedagogy from Ecole Normal Superieur of Bamako(ENSUP). Since 2013 he works at Humanity and Inclusion as the responsible of project management. This position has given Biga the opportunity to work closely with organizations of people with disabilities... Read More →
avatar for Coulibaly Fatoumata Dicko

Coulibaly Fatoumata Dicko

Ministry of Social Development in Mali
Mrs Coulibaly Fatoumata Dicko holds a Master’s degree in ‘Communication for Development” and a B. A. in Social and Community based services. She has served in various positions in rehabilitation and community-based work and has more than 30 years of experience working with people... Read More →
avatar for Barthelemy Sangala

Barthelemy Sangala

Ministry of Education of Mali
Mr Barthelemy Sangala holds a Master degree in Science for Education from the Institut Supérieur de Formation Appliquée de Bamako. He has served different positions in the labour market. He has also successfully served as a community service worker, at the Ministry of Justice and... Read More →
avatar for Ambumulire N. Itimu Phiri

Ambumulire N. Itimu Phiri

Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
Dr. Ambumulire N. Itimu Phiri is the Acting Chief Executive Officer for the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).  She has served the public higher education system for over 19 years. She spent 15 years as a Lecturer in inclusive education at Mzuzu University.  Before joining... Read More →


Wednesday February 16, 2022 17:00 - 19:00 CET
 
Thursday, February 17
 

08:00 CET

(REF170800) Innovation and Accountability in Engineering & Science: the role of Funding
Advances in engineering and science have run ahead of our organizational structures and societal norms. Can we continue to innovate while provide scaffolding to allow our scientists and engineers to raise flags without risking their careers and livelihoods? How can society writ large gain visibility into the consequences and unforeseen consequences of artificial intelligence and machine learning? How can we do this globally working with professional associations? And can regulators and funders benefit from tools developed in Digital Finance? 


Speakers
avatar for T Singh

T Singh

Advisor, CarbonBlue
Tamara spent the first half of her career in Europe and Asia in energy, financial services and fund management, governing trading floors in London, New York and Asia Pacific. Having earned her stripes at Centrica Plc, BP Oil International, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank, she returned... Read More →
avatar for Toyin F Sanni

Toyin F Sanni

Executive Vice Chair, Emerging Africa Group
Toyin Sanni is Founder and CEO of the Emerging Africa Group, a Financial Services Group comprising investments in Investment Banking, Financial Technology, Venture Capital and Microfinance Banking,  Co-Founder of the Africa Investment Roundtable as well as Board Chair at Layer 3... Read More →
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Joy Malala-Scholz

Lecturer, University of Warwick
Dr Malala- Scholz has an interest in financial regulation with a special emphasis on Regulation Post Financial Inclusion in developing countries as well as from regional perspectives. She researches the structure of regulation and supervision, risk-based system of supervision, legal... Read More →
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 08:00 - 09:30 CET

12:00 CET

(REF 171200) Innovating and promoting R&D addressing priority needs in antimicrobial resistance - Convened by the Global AMR R&D Hub
Innovating and promoting R&D addressing priority needs in antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) continues to be one of the major global challenges of our times, representing an ever-increasing threat to human, animal, and environmental health, and an ever-present and growing socio-economic burden.Recent work has shown that AMR is a leading cause of death worldwide, directly attributable to an estimated 1.27 million deaths in 2019, a figure that is similar to the global death toll of HIV and malaria combined. Although AMR is a complex and dynamic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral challenge that transcends geographical boundaries, the burden of its impact is felt disproportionately in low and middle-income countries with reported rates of death attributable to resistance highest in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.
 
Given the urgency of the situation, there is a need for coordinated efforts in AMR across the value chain from research and development (R&D) efforts to the incentives being implemented globally that aim to improve the functioning of markets responsible for the development and distribution of priority health technologies for addressing AMR. Realising the critical nature of AMR has invigorated international and national efforts at the community, organisational and governmental level to fund R&D in the AMR field, especially over the last decade. Investments in R&D are crucial for developing solutions in terms of effective interventions and products resulting in the prevention, containment or reduction of AMR. However, the translation of this funding into outcomes and benefits for those with the highest priority needs remains challenging.
  
 The Global AMR R&D Hub aims to further improve the coordination of international efforts and initiatives to tackle AMR while further increasing investments into R&D for AMR. In order to promote the development of health technologies and strategies addressing AMR, resources need to be employed even more effectively than at present.
This session aims to gain insight into the country-specific, economic, social and environmental factors facing AMR-related R&D within Africa and Europe, and the translation of investments into tools, products and policies that could meaningfully impact AMR.
We explore development and access to priority antimicrobials gaining a wide variety of perspectives from researchers, clinicians, policymakers and other key opinion leaders, sharing lessons learned and exploring the potential for synergies for translating AMR R&D into impact.

Moderation/Chair: Representative of the Global AMR R&D Hub

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Lesley Ogilvie

Lesley Ogilvie

Senior Scientific Programme Officer, Global AMR R&D Hub
Lesley is a Scientific Programme Officer at the Global AMR R&D Hub, Berlin, a global partnership focussed on addressing challenges and improving coordination and collaboration in global AMR R&D using a One Health approach. She has over ten years-experience working in academia as a... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Waruingi

Daniel Waruingi

Co-founder and Head of Programs, Students Against Superbugs Africa
Daniel Waruingi is the co-founder and Head of Programs at Students Against Superbugs Africa (SAS Africa) and is the brain behind SAS Africa's dream and vision. He supports the planning and coordination of programs. He also ensures the implementation of policies and practices and oversees strategy development in the organization. He is passionate about policymaking and bringing AMR to... Read More →
avatar for Yann Ferrisse

Yann Ferrisse

Business Development Head, Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP)
Yann Ferrisse joined GARDP in January 2018 and is leading the Business Development activities of GARDP. Since mid-2020, Yann is working on all GARDP market access strategies related to GARDP’s products. He brings to GARDP a combination of business and entrepreneurial experience... Read More →
avatar for Moodley, Arshnee

Moodley, Arshnee

AMR Team Leader, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi Kenya
Arshnee is a microbiologist with many years of experience in AMR. She leads the CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub that focuses on mitigating AMR risks associated with agriculture in LMICs through research to address knowledge gaps and strengthening partnerships.
avatar for Yewande Alimi

Yewande Alimi

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and One Health Program Coordinator, Africa CDC
Dr Yewande Alimi MPH, FRSPH, is the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and One Health Program Coordinator at Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and co-lead for the Africa Union Task force on AMR.  She currently leads the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Section... Read More →
avatar for Abdoulaye Djimde

Abdoulaye Djimde

Founding President, African Association for research and control of AntiMicrobial Resistance
Abdoulaye Djimde received a Pharmacy Doctoral degree from Ecole Nationale de Medecine et de Pharmacie of Bamako, Mali in 1988, a Fellowship at the US National Institutes in 1996, a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA which he... Read More →
avatar for Ghada Zoubiane

Ghada Zoubiane

Head of Partnerships and Stakeholders Engagement, International Centre for AMR solutions
Ghada is the Head of Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement at ICARS. In her role, she is shaping and delivering on ICARS’ mission, bridging the gap between evidence and practice, and working in close partnership with low- and middle-income countries. She is developing collaborations... Read More →
avatar for Ralf Sudbrak

Ralf Sudbrak

Senior Scientific Programme Officer, Global AMR R&D Hub
Dr. Ralf Sudbrak is Senior Scientific Programme Officer at the Global AMR R&D Hub in Berlin. The main goal of the HUB is to promote high-level coordination among governments and upstream funders from different world regions, in order to better align national and international R&D... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 12:00 - 13:30 CET

14:00 CET

(Ref 171400) Investing in science and innovation in Africa
Speakers
avatar for Alex Cahana

Alex Cahana

Partner, BTBlock
With 27 years clinical practice, 17 years in digital health and 7 years in distributed ledger technology, I am currently a UN/CEFACT expert for blockchain and health, advisor to AfyfaRekod and board member for AdaLabs and the AI Center of Excellence in Africa.As an industry leader... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Blantern

Oliver Blantern

Founder & CEO, Impact Rooms
Oliver is an entrepreneur, investment advisor and start-up advisor, dedicated to unlocking Africa’s potential through technology. Based in London, Oliver is the Founder and CEO of Impact Rooms, a global investment enablement platform for Africa’s tech and impact ecosystem. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Barry Palte

Barry Palte

CEO, EQ Capital Partners
Barry Palte is a global investment expert with a primary focus on sustainable investing and achieving positive social and private investment outcomes through his private investment platform.Barry served as Global Chairman of the International Association of Investment Bankers... Read More →
avatar for Siân Bennett

Siân Bennett

Associate, Lynx Equity Limited
Siân Bennett works in Private Equity for Lynx Equity Limited in the Credit and Capital Raising department. Previously she headed up the Risk and Performance Team for Link Asset Services in London for more than 8 years, reporting directly to the Chief Investment Officer.Born and raised... Read More →



Thursday February 17, 2022 14:00 - 16:00 CET

15:00 CET

(Ref 171100) InSpire: Global Schools Satellite Project - Convened by ISC/Les Massanassa/ CIT
The Schools Satellite Project (SSP) is intended to enable a cohort of high schools worldwide to design, construct, launch and fly a small satellite – also called a Nano Satellite or Cube Satellite.
Access to space has never been more accessible than it is today. We live in a truly exciting era in which space is no longer the preserve of a few space-faring nations. Satellites are becoming smaller and less expensive, yet more powerful in what they can do. Rockets to launch them are becoming greener, using cleaner fuels with consequent lower impact on the Earth’s environment. This is the era of Space 4.0 where all nations can now help to solve problems they face using new satellite and rocket technologies.
The SSP project takes advantage of these developments and adds one critical extra element into the mix – the wonderfully creative minds of young people across the globe. Harnessing your collective thoughts and ideas, we will push the boundaries of what’s possible with a small satellite and inspire the next generation of humans who will use space for the good of us all.
The project will allow high school students to have direct experience building and flying a small satellite and using satellites to collect data for analysis. By creating this enabling environment, students will have the opportunity to gain some experience in the design, construction and operation of a satellite. This will include designing the mission objectives, including designing the instrumentation on the satellite which will collect data to fulfil the mission objectives. A key component of the project will be to allow students to design the projects but the broad domain areas will include satellite navigation and earth observation.
In pursuing its objectives, SSP will engage with key enabling stakeholders including universities, industry bodies including satellite manufacturers and space agencies and others involved in the operation of satellites

Speakers
avatar for Niall Smith

Niall Smith

Head of Research - Cork, Munster Technological University
Speech topic: Experiences from MTU Blackrock Castle ObservatoryMy research interests lie in (i) in using astronomy to communicate STEM on a global scale and (ii) high time resolution astrophysics. I co-founded an observatory and science centre at Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland... Read More →
avatar for Silvia Parres Palomares

Silvia Parres Palomares

Head of technology department, IES Massanassa, Valencia, Spain
Sylvia has been a high school Technology teacher for the last 20 years in Valencia, Spain. She enjoys her job because it allows her to share her passion for science and technology with her students. In addition, she is committed to the improvement of knowledge of educational science... Read More →
LM

Lissa Matyas

Science&TechCollab
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 15:00 - 16:30 CET

16:00 CET

(REF 1716AA) Africa and agriculture: 23 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture: Lessons for innovation policy making - Convened by Tingo
Africa and agriculture
Approx.  23 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture


Agriculture is by far the single most important economic activity in Africa. It provides employment for about two-thirds of the continent’s working population, especially women, and for each country, it contributes an average of 30-60% of GDP and about 30% of the value of exports.

Unfortunately, 50-70% of those who make a living from farming, live in extreme poverty, especially among smallholder farmers, who manage 80% of the continent’s farmland.

Although climate-smart technologies, improvements in land, water, seed and pest management have improved crop harvests, commercial banks and underwriters do not provide the necessary financial support and credit, especially for micro, small and medium enterprises.

In this session, we will speak with leaders from the emergent agriculture fintech sector and see how their solutions provide financial inclusion and how it is impacting African farmers and rural communities at large.

Panellists will include:

Dozy Mmbuosi -CEO and Cofounder of Tingo and Tingo Mobile - Nigeria
Dakshesh Patel - CFO Tingo and Tingo holdings - Zimbabwe
Barry Palte - Chairman ImpactRooms
Daniella Kwayu- CEO and Founder PhemaAgri - Tanzania
Sandra Boafo Agyiri - CEO and Cofounder Agra Circa - Ghana
Nixon Gecheo- Chief Digital Officer, AGRA (Alliance Green Revolution Africa) - Kenya
Gibson Muriuki - Managing Director Feather Hub - Kenya

Speakers
avatar for Dakshesh Patel

Dakshesh Patel

Group CFO, Tingo Group Nigeria
Joined Tingo Group in July 2021. Strong fintech and African experience and leading Tingo’s Uplist to the NYSE and strategy for growth of its Agri-Fintech business in Africa.  Daks has extensive experience in banking and payments.  Formerly CFO of NatWest’s Global Debt and Investment... Read More →
avatar for Nixon Mageka Gecheo

Nixon Mageka Gecheo

Senior Program Officer Digital Solution & Systems for Agriculture, AGRA
Nixon Mageka Gecheo is a technology, data and public policy expert with a multidisciplinary skill set and over 15 years of experience in developing, implementing development projects, for both governments and international organizations, focusing on the use of emerging technologies... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 16:00 - 17:30 CET

16:00 CET

(Ref 171600) Personalised Medicine: Towards a stronger EU-Africa collaboration (The EU-Africa PerMed objective)
  
Personalised medicine (PM) has been defined by the EC as “a medical model using characterisation of individuals’ phenotypes and genotypes (e.g. molecular profiling, medical imaging, lifestyle data) for tailoring the right therapeutic strategy for the right person at the right time, and/or to determine the predisposition to disease and/or to deliver timely and targeted prevention “. PM addresses the challenges of i) common medicines not being effective in treating large numbers of patients and ii) rising healthcare costs due to more prevalent chronic diseases and an ageing population. It does this through dedicated diagnostics, tailor-made prevention and treatment strategies for individuals or groups, so patients receive the specific therapies that work best for them, and no money is lost on trial-and-error treatments.

African countries are undergoing a demographic transition leading to increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs,) that together with the infectious diseases burden represent a big challenge for the near future. To cope with this, Africa urgently needs to take full advantage of transformative new medical models and tools, such as the ones offered by PM, that can be used to improve medical efficiency and help health systems to become more effective. Incorporating African topics in the global PM research agenda can contribute to shortening the existing health disparities between developed and developing countries, as well as facilitating the access of African countries to new tools and technologies that have the potential to make healthcare more efficient and equitable.

The session is convened by EU-Africa PerMed, an ongoing coordinating and support action funded by the European Commission H2020 programme, that seeks to facilitate and strengthen collaboration between Europe and Africa in PM at both scientific and policy level. The project is identifying and engaging with African stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities that PM can offer to improve the health of the population. Together, they will identify areas of mutual benefit for collaboration and set up an action plan for future collaborations between both regions in PM.

During the session, together with a presentation of the EU-Africa PerMed project, invited panellist from different African regions and stakeholder groups (policy makers, researchers, funding agencies) will present and discuss about aspects such as:
  • What is the scientific landscape of PM in Africa?
  • How does Africa pursue developing a continental agenda for personalised medicine with a regional focus?
  • How would international collaboration between Africa and Europe or rather inter-African regional collaboration be useful to increase the level of awareness and understanding of PM among policy makers?
  • How can African countries prioritise PM in national health/research strategies and what role can international research funding programmes play?

Structure of the session 

Opening
Chair: Evelyn Gitau (APHRC)
 
The EU-Africa Per Med project                     
Erika Sela, Innovatec (coordinator of EU-Africa PerMed)

Section 1: Personalised Medicine

Integrating PM in the Health research and innovation strategy for Africa (HRISA 2018-2030)
Paul Tanui, AUDA-NEPAD

Understanding the scientific landscape of PM in Africa results from the EU-Africa PerMed mapping
Amr Radwan, Egyptian Center for Innovation & Technology Development (Egypt)

The South African personalised medicine programme
Rizwana Mia, South African Medical Research Council (S. Africa)
 
Questions and Answers
Moderator: Evelyn Gitau
 
Section 2 EU-Africa collaboration in PM
 
How can participating in the EU-Africa PerMed project be a driving force towards the development of PM in Kenya?
Teresia Nyawira, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (Kenya)
 
The vision from the EC, future outlook for international collaboration in PM
Jean Luc Sanne. Policy Officer, DG Research and Innovation, EC
 
International collaboration for capacity building and training in PM.
Souleymane Mboup /Badara Cisse, Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (Senegal) TBC
Patrice Debre. French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (France)
 
Questions and answers
Moderator: Evelyn Gitau TBC
 

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Erika Sela

Erika Sela

Senior Consultant/project manager, INNOVATEC
Erika Sela is Senior Consultant and co-founder of Innovatec (www.innovatec.es), a Spanish consultancy firm with a broad and long-term expertise in R&I activities.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is now project manager and co-coordinator of the H2020 project EU-Africa... Read More →
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Paul Tanui

AUDA-NEPAD
avatar for Amr Radwan

Amr Radwan

Head of the Research & Innovation Management Department, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT)
Amr Radwan has a clinical pharmacology background with professional industry experience. He obtained other degrees including a Master of business administration (MBA), Intellectual Property Right and Innovation Management & he is a fellow of the National Institute of Science & Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Rizwana Mia

Rizwana Mia

South African Medical Research Council (S. Africa)
Rizwana Mia joined the SAMRC in February 2015. She is responsible for developing the South African Precision Medicine program and incorporating the South African Precision Medicine Think Tank. She has spearheaded strategic partnerships in creating programmatic research as well as... Read More →
TN

Teresia Nyawira,

National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (Kenya)
avatar for Jean-Luc Sanne

Jean-Luc Sanne

DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Jean-Luc SANNE received the PhD degree in neurosciences at the University Claude Bernard of Lyon (France). He has been a research fellow in the United States at the University of Georges Town in Washington DC and then at the National Institutes of Health. After an experience in the... Read More →
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Patrice Debré

Patrice Debré, born in 1945, received his degrees in medicine from Paris University in 1971. He subsequently became specialist in hematology. From 1975 to 1977 he was research fellow at the Harvard Medical School, USA, in the department of the Nobel Prize winner Baruj Benacerraf... Read More →
avatar for Evelyn Gitau

Evelyn Gitau

Director of Research Capacity Strengthening, African Population and Health Research Center
Dr. Evelyn Gitau combines a record of more than 19 years of medical research with a commitment to cultivating a new generation of researchers throughout Africa committed to solving health challenges. She is the Director of Research Capacity Strengthening at the African Population... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 16:00 - 18:00 CET
  Health

17:00 CET

(REF 171700) A perspective from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Policy development that is inclusive, participatory and leads to a concrete practical implementation that is sustainable is a key priority for all who participate in the AERAP AU-EU Science Summit.
How do we establish an enabling environment for the dialogue to take place, so we can engage in an effective process to achieve that priority? The UN has been engaged in Africa and has on-the-ground networks and decades of lessons learned. How can we build and evolve a Global Europe approach to the development process so that assets and knowledge can be harnessed? This can create new and innovative ways to build on existing knowledge and know-how.

The session will look at how cities play a role in their own journey to achieve local aspirations and by sharing and learning speed up the process for all cities?

Africa is urbanizing at a rate of 4% per year, according to UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting national programmes relating to human settlements through the provision of capital and technical assistance, particularly in developing countries. Population shifts from rural to urban areas lead to a number of challenges such as overcrowding, pollution and crime, among others. Urbanization in the Africa of today is an untapped tool for development and economic growth. Over the next 15 years, cities in Africa will experience higher growth rates than other regions of the world, with Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Luanda becoming Africa’s major economic giants.

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Minerva Novero

Minerva Novero

Policy Specialist (Thematic Focus: Governance, Cities and Digital Transformation), UNDP
Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Her thematic focus is on the nexus of governance, cities... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 17:00 - 18:00 CET
 
Friday, February 18
 

09:00 CET

(REF 181000) South - South Science and Innovation Cooperation


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.

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of TechnologyProfessor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development... Read More →
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Julliet Makhapila

Transformational Leadership Trainer, Consultant, UK Africa diaspora Forum
 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 Extraordinaire, Department of Industrial Engineering, 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

Assistant Professor, Punjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Swati Mehta (PhD) is Assistant 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 was Visiting Researcher, Institute of... 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 →
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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

TUT
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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abdelkader DJEFLAT

Professor, MAGHTECH Network
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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

10:00 CET

(Ref 141400) A skills agenda for Innovation in Africa: Skills, reskilling and upskilling - convened by SARAO and Innopharma Global
The digitisation of the economy, as well as of the whole society, is changing the way we work, learn and lead our everyday lives. Digital transformation, along with market globalisation and demographic change, are dominating a profound transformation which will result in a major swift of the labour market, and the way people work. This paradigm shift represents a critical challenge for employers, workers, investors and public authorities, and the challenge needs to be fully understood and embraced in order to identify the most appropriate policy options to transform them into opportunities for all.

Although it remains crucial to develop a range of specific digital skills which respond to the needs of the digital economy, wider skills for the whole population should be embedded in a broader and comprehensive skills strategy in which other transversal skills relevant to employers such as entrepreneurial skills, communication skills, critical thinking and active citizenship, are also included. Evidence shows that the most effective means of improving employability and closing skills gaps are more generic measures aimed at improving the capacity of workers to acquire new skills and learn in an evolving economy and society. Skills and lifelong learning are crucial for long-term and sustainable growth, productivity and innovation and therefore a key factor for the competitiveness of businesses of all sizes. Providing people with the right skills allows them to work more effectively and take advantage of advanced technologies [1], eliminates the major obstacle identified to business investment [2], prevents labour market mismatches [3] reduces the risks of social and economic inequalities, contributing to high levels of social discontent, exclusion and poverty and [4], lays the ground for research and development (R&D) and firm-based innovation.

In order to respond effectively to the demands of a changing society and labour market, focus has to be put on synergies between education, research, innovation and employment, creating links between higher education institutions and industry groups in order to identify their current and future skills needs, encompassing not only technical but transversal and cognitive skills. This skills assessment strategy has to reflect the local environment and the variegated realities of the African continent in order to be effective and representative of committed action. 

In addition, strong connections within the education sector and Government agencies will ensure engagement from all stakeholders as partners in their up/re-skilling development initiatives.
Finally, designing a digital and a broader skills strategy or any other type of initiative to help all stakeholders to access the required skills, diversity needs to be clearly addressed through a tailored approach.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Lawlor

Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net
Rita Lawlor is a Computer Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in Oncological Pathology from the University of Verona where she is co-founder of the ARC-Net (www.arc-net.it) applied cancer research centre where is director of the ARC-Net biobank and coordinates... Read More →
avatar for Ian Jones

Ian Jones

CEO and President, Innopharma
Founder and CEO of Innopharma Group, IrelandProfessor Ian Jones is the CEO and President of Innopharma Group – an Education and Technology Institute. He has worked for the past 25 years supporting high-tech manufacturing (particularly Digital, (Bio)pharma and Agri/FoodTech) where... Read More →
avatar for Michael Makanga

Michael Makanga

Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
avatar for Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie

Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of TechnologyProfessor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development... Read More →
avatar for Mmampei Chaba

Mmampei Chaba

Chief Director for Multilateral and Africa engagements, DSI
Ms Mmampei Chaba is currently Chief Director responsible for Multilateral and Africa engagements within DST and has been in this position for 4,5 years. This includes the global multilateral Science, Technology and Innovation organisations such as the UN organisations, the OECD, and... 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 →
avatar for Carla Sharpe

Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →
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Daniela Angione

Innopharma Technology Ltd
Daniela holds a MSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry of Materials from the University of Bari (Italy). Following her PhD she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship that she carried out at the University of Manchester (UK) and subsequently she moved to Trinity College Dublin (Ireland... Read More →



Friday February 18, 2022 10:00 - 11:30 CET

11:00 CET

(Ref 181100) Using Science Diplomacy as a powerful instrument to foster European-African cooperation
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.


Speakers
avatar for Jackie Kado

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 →
avatar for Nienke Buisman

Nienke Buisman

Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy, European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation
Nienke Buisman is Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy in the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation since 2019. She is in charge of developing and implementing the ‘Global Approach to Research and Innovation’, Europe’s strategy for international cooperation, specifically focussing on Africa, Asia and the Middle East... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

IHES
JEAN-PIERRE BOURGUIGNONProfessor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is President ad interim of the European Research Council (ERC) (from 27 July 2020 until the next ERC President is selected and takes up duties).Previously, he was the ERC President from January 2014 until December 2019.Prior... Read More →
avatar for Daan du Toit

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 →
avatar for Hambani Masheleni

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
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibility for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme.She... Read More →
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Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo

Chair of INGSA African Chapter, Nigerian Academy of Science
Dr Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo is a public health physician who currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) where he leads the Academy’s work in science advice. He was previously the Chair of the Association of Public Health Physicians of... Read More →
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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

13:00 CET

(REF 181300) Invited Lecture: Ireland Africa Rural Development Committee with Tom Arnold
AU-EU Partnership Opportunities in Achieving African Sustainable Food Systems.

This presentation proposes that the 2022 AU-EU Summit should place the delivery of Sustainable Food Systems (SFSs) as a key element of the future AU-EU strategic relationship. It examines how developments at international, African and EU level are aligned to facilitate such a move at this time. It suggests that Ireland has a particular contribution to make towards an AU-EU partnership working to support African SFSs, by virtue of its experience in transforming its own food system and its commitment to being an international leader in SFSs.

The 2020 UN Food Systems Summit resulted in over 100 countries, including many African countries, committing to transforming their food systems as part of their pathway towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A food systems approach recognizes the interconnections between policies for food, climate and health and that all actors along the value-chain have a role in developing a sustainable food system. Food system transformation is a long term process and is part of broader societal and economic transformation.

Africa remains heavily dependent on its agri-food sector, in its share of the economy, numbers employed and share of - largely unprocessed - exports. Ambitious targets have been set for the development of the sector, through the 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods but these targets have remained far from delivery. Growing markets for food resulting from increasing prosperity and rapid population growth provide opportunities for African food producers but there has been a large increase in African food imports over the past two decades. The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), founded in 2018, should be an important factor in boosting intra-African trade in food and other products. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the strategic importance of enhanced African food and nutrition security.

Europe has made major changes in policy direction, notably through the through the European Green Deal (2019) with the ambition that Europe should become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is undergoing significant reform, aimed at becoming more sustainable. The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), also known as Global Europe, reflects the potential of collaborative and inclusive science to address key policy objectives for AU-EU relations, including digital transition and the Green Deal.

Agri-food and rural sector has been given a particular focus within AU-EU collaboration over the past decade. A series of Agriculture Ministerial meetings have been held over the 2016-21 period, with the Joint AU-EU Ministerial Declaration adopted at the 2019 meeting in Rome, and the related AU-EU Rural Transformation Agenda. This Agenda was largely based on the recommendations of the Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA), (March 2019).

Ireland’s EU membership since 1973 has been central to the country’s political and economic progress over the past half-century. Ireland’s agri-food sector has been transformed from being a producer of primary commodities to being a high value added internationally competitive sector. Food Vision 2030, Ireland’s national agri-food strategy for the coming decade, provides the policies to make Ireland an international leader in SFSs, through its domestic policy and its foreign and development cooperation policy.
The above narrative provides a conjuncture of events which point to the need for AU and EU political leaders to fully recognise the importance of prioritising SFSs in future development strategy. This requires urgent action, reflected in increased investment as envisaged in the Malabo Declaration cited above, and longer-term prioritisation and policy consistency for the sector. As already noted, food system transformation must be an integral part of wider societal and economic transformation.

A broad-based integrated partnership between Africa and Europe should be a foundation stone in enabling Africa achieve its potential in SFSs. The TFRA report proposed a three stranded basis – people to people, business to business, government to government – for such a partnership.

The presentation concludes by building on the TFRA recommendations, taking account of the lessons learned from the COVID pandemic, and responding to the opportunities offered by the AU declaring 2022 as ‘Africa’s Year of Nutrition’, to offer a practical programme aimed at moving Africa towards the achievement of Sustainable Food Systems.
Tom Arnold
7 February 2022.

Speakers
avatar for Daan du Toit

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 →
avatar for Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold

Chair, EU Commission’s High-Level Expert Group to assess the Need for an International Platform for Food Systems Science (IPFSS)
Tom Arnold currently serves as Chair, EU Commission’s High-Level Expert Group to assess the Need for an International Platform for Food Systems Science (IPFSS); the Irish Government’s Special Envoy for Food Systems; Member of the Champions Network for the UN Food Systems Summit... Read More →
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Professor Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, SudanProfessor Intisar Soghayroun, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts... Read More →


Friday February 18, 2022 13:00 - 14:00 CET

14:00 CET

(REF 181400) A Space Port for Africa
African nations have an opportunity to come to the international table with power and equity in the New Space Economy. Sub-Saharan Eastern Africa, in particular Kenya, has a competitive advantage to become a center in the cross-continent geographic region, and lead the African Continent into the New Space Economy. How can this be done? There are 3 key actions: leverage the success and leadership of the past, build capacity in Africa to enable space for Africa by Africans, and align African governments, international banks, and New Space companies in supporting infrastructure development in Africa. The centerpiece of this initiative must be an African Spaceport, or as we call it: Spaceport Kenya. This ambitious, perhaps audacious, goal can serve to bring together public, private, and non-profit organizations to unlock the tangible benefits of developing space infrastructure in Africa. Spaceport Kenya will not only serve as a launch site for space companies from all six continents, but will also serve to fire the engine of economic development within the space economy for all of Africa. The spaceport will provide jobs at all levels for Africans and create demand for skilled, professional, and expert teams which will in turn drive educational development and capacity building in Africa. It will also serve to drastically reduce "brain drain," by providing not only economic opportunity but also prestige to skilled Africans. Furthermore, the economic and cultural benefits extend to industries in the supply chain of space and also which are consequences of the space economy. These benefits will be realized by many nations and enable opportunities for others creating a key part of the future of sustainable prosperity in Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Zaheer Ali

Zaheer Ali

Zaheer Ali is a respected Agilist, manager, and technologist. He is the Strategy Lead for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's High Performance Compute business, a Managing Partner at New Space Finance, a Venture Partner at the Mines Fund and a Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School... Read More →
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Sylvia Makario

Co-Founder and Head of Business, Hepta Analytics
Sylvia’s experience is in geospatial engineering & space technology. She holds a B.Sc. Geospatial Engineering & Space Technology from the University of Nairobi, and an MSc. Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked for and with various other organizations... Read More →


Friday February 18, 2022 14:00 - 14:45 CET

15:00 CET

(REF 181500) Materials, SDG Goal 17 and Sustainability
Materials, Goal 17 and Sustainability:
It can be argued that Materials are the ultimate platform to enable most if not all Sustainable Development Goals – from enablers of pandemic-protecting face masks and life-saving medicine to technologies for clean air and water to developing a new generation of materials to mitigate climate change and promote a zero-waste economy. In addition to materials science and engineering as a discipline, supply chains have proven to be lifelines especially during the pandemic. Valuable materials and minerals such as cobalt, nickel and palladium have also been caught in the crosshairs of conflict in certain parts of the world, sometimes fuelling unrest along with it
In the spirit of SDG Goal 17, “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”, we are organising only the second-ever Science Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 15th 2022. In the spirit of a global partnership, the Materials Day will bring together legislators, scientists, NGOs, industrialists, public sector leaders and regulators to reimagine a post-pandemic sustainable world where materials are at the heart of the sustainable movement. In the run up to this first-of-a-kind conference, the co-convenors of the conference Declan Kirrane and Sumitra Rajagopalan will preview the conference and the panel discussions of relevance and high interest to the African Union. From sustainable alternatives to cobalt and safe urban mining to smart and sustainable habitats to combat heat waves, come and join us for an hour of science, sustainability and our collective future.

Speakers
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Sumitra Rajagopalan

CEO, Bioastra


Friday February 18, 2022 15:00 - 16:00 CET

16:00 CET

(REF 181602) Digital Utilities for Translational Science and Community Living Labs
In the early digital age, whoever collected the data ‘owned the data”. This is changing as myriad issues of rights to access to data and personal information are being worked through. Cooperatives and Utilities helped spread electricity access – can these apply to data? Digital innovations are not subject to scientific testing, yet have impact on human health – can community living labs help us collect the evidence needed for better translational science?  


Speakers
avatar for T Singh

T Singh

Advisor, CarbonBlue
Tamara spent the first half of her career in Europe and Asia in energy, financial services and fund management, governing trading floors in London, New York and Asia Pacific. Having earned her stripes at Centrica Plc, BP Oil International, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank, she returned... Read More →
avatar for Folashade Adeyemo

Folashade Adeyemo

Folashade Adeyemo is the Deputy Director for Admissions at the School of Law. She has previously taught at the postgraduate level, including International Corporate Governance and at the undergraduate level, Commercial law. She currently convenes and teaches Banking Law (second year... Read More →
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Pratap Kumar

World Bank
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Shaila Agha

Director, GRASSROOTS ECONOMICS
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Delphine Traoré

CEO, Allianz Africa
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →


Friday February 18, 2022 16:00 - 17:30 CET