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Tuesday, June 15 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Horizon Europe and Africa: A key Presentation by Nienke Buisman, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

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This presentation will provide an overview of the “Africa Initiative”, integral part of the first Work Programme for 2021-2022 of the recently adopted “Horizon Europe”. With a budget of approximately 100 billion €, Horizon Europe is the world’s largest programme on research and innovation (R&I), and will be open to researchers and innovators from around the globe who are encouraged to liaise with European partners in preparing proposals.

Within this programme, the Africa Initiative represents the immediate outcome of the first ever European Union (EU) - African Union (AU) R&I Ministerial of July 2020, and falls within a comprehensive strategy that recognises R&I as instrumental to the development of resilient, knowledge-based societies and economies, as highlighted by the brand new Global Approach to R&I communication (adopted by the European Commission in May 2021). Accordingly, the Africa Initiative aims to strengthen the long-term cooperation between the two continents to enhance global public health, socio-economic development and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative will therefore focus on four thematic areas, responding to four joint EU-AU policy priorities, namely:
(i) Public Health;
(ii) Green Transition;
(iii) Innovation & Technology;
(iv) Capacities for Science.

For each of these themes, several calls for proposals are expected to be published in the near future, as soon as the Work Programme for Horizon Europe is adopted. Some examples of potential R&I areas to be covered by the calls will be illustrated during the talk.


Speakers
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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Vinny Pillay

Minister Counsellor / Senior Science & Technology Representative, Department of Science & Innovation
Ms Vinny Pillay is the Senior Science & Technology Representative to the EU, of South Africa’s Department of Science & Innovation. She is currently based at the South African Embassy in Brussels.She holds a Masters Degree in Science, and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership... 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 →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa