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Wednesday, June 16 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Africa-Europe Geoscience Cooperation to Sustain our Planet

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Africa-EU Infrastructure for Geoscience (AEIG)

The “Africa-EU Infrastructure for Geoscience (AEIG)” initiative can provide a bridge between key policy objectives in Europe and Africa. This initiative has been constructed within the framework of the Africa-Europe Radio Astronomy Program (AERAP). The Africa-EU Infrastructure for Geoscience (AEIG) will provide:
• Human capital development including designated funding for the development of young women
geoscientists and young researchers.
• Synergies between African and European geological surveys and research consortia.
• Support for water security, agricultural sustainability, energy security, raw materials
availability especially with regards the critical minerals necessary for decarbonisation, the blue
economy, and community safety from geohazards including climate change and the Green Deal.
• Critical information for global, national region and local government policymakers, land-use
and natural resources management and regulators;
• Digital and sensor infrastructure for geo-and related sciences.

The European Commission’s Africa Strategy calls for partnerships to achieve common goals is in line
with UN SDG 17, “partnerships for the goals” and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for socio-economic
transformation. The foundation for this strong and enduring partnership needs to be rooted in our
shared Earth, informed by the knowledge of what science and technology can bring. Geoscience is
required to justly achieve the green transition and the digital transformation while delivering the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals for our planet home.

Viable solutions to ensure carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050 must be based on accurate, reliable
Earth-related data. Strategically collecting the vast amounts of necessary data will involve developing
and constructing cutting-edge analytical platforms and ICT infrastructure. It will also require a step-
change to empower African and European citizens to engage in citizen projects throughout our two
continents. The production of young new geoscientists, particularly women, with data analysis and
management skills together with an engaged public will accelerate sustainable growth, create new jobs,
and provides the promise of more virtual mobility through the availability of the new data.
Beyond the direct data and related societally important knowledge gained an AU-EU geoscience
partnership would also yield exciting new insights in fields such as geodesy and geodynamics and is
likely to influence existing fundamental scientific paradigms in myriad other fields from astronomy to

An AU-EU partnership in geoscience can be leveraged through the expansion of the existing cooperation
between the Organization of African Geological Surveys (OAGS) and the European Geological Surveys
(EGS) such as PanAfGeo which has been ongoing since 2016. iCRAG, which is a large multi-institution
the research group working across the full spectrum of earth science and sustainability topics in both
Europe and Africa is ideally placed and actively seeking to aid in ensuring an AU-EU partnership
delivers on goals critical to addressing the primary challenges outlined in the European Commission’s
comprehensive strategy with Africa.

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Domingo Alcaraz-Segura

Associate Professor in the Dept. of Botany, University of Granada
Domingo Alcaraz-Segura is associate professor in the Dept. of Botany at the University of Granada. He is interested on the remote-sensing based assessment of global change effects on ecosystem functioning and services the development of monitoring and warning systems for changes in... Read More →
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Robert Kaemba

Exploration Manager, First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Robert is Exploration Manager – Zambia, with First Quantum Minerals Ltd. leading a Multi-disciplinary Team in the Sediment Hosted Copper search space. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Applied Geology, from University of Leicester (2007) and has been in Industry... Read More →
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Murray Hitzman

Director, iCRAG
Murray W. Hitzman is Director of iCRAG and a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor. Murray has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, 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 →
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David Khoza

Director, Council for Geoscience’s Executive Management Team, South Africa
David Khoza is geophysicist who’s worked in minerals exploration, mining and geoscience research. After completing BSc Honours degree, David joined BHP Billiton’s mineral exploration division, conducting geophysical surveys primarily in Africa. David took a break and then back... Read More →

Celine Andrien

EuroGeoSurveys (EGS)- (PanAfGeo)

Rokayha Samba

President of the Organization of African GeoSurveys (OAGS)

Susan Webb

Univ. of Witwatersrand
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Juan Manuel García Ruiz

Research Professor, Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Granada
Juan Manuel García Ruiz is a Research Professor at the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Granada. He is the founder of the Laboratory for Crystallographic Studies and the Spanish Crystallization Factory. Garcia-Ruiz is an international expert in crystallization... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mauritius